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Public History


Public History

Collaborating with community partners, students, and faculty from across the Portland State University, Catherine McNeur has been a part of several public history and digital history projects in Portland, Oregon.

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Canopy Story

This crowd-sourcing digital history project allows Portlanders to tell stories about the trees that matter most to them.  Created in collaboration with Prof. Vivek Shandas of Portland State University's Sustaining Urban Places Research Lab, with support from the US Forest Service and Portland State's Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Catherine McNeur's students in the Heritage Tree Public History Lab have contributed histories of trees throughout the city that revealed how Portland's trees are tied to stories about families, communities, and the impact of urban growth.


Heritage Trees

Partnering with urban foresters from Portland Parks and Recreation, students in Catherine McNeur's Heritage Tree Public History Lab have created a range of projects from geocaching and podcasts to trading cards that tell the history of Portland through its trees.

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Partnering with KBOO Community Radio (90.7 FM), students in Catherine McNeur's Public History Lab class on history podcasts learned how to pitch ideas, research historical subjects, write scripts and blog entries, and record and edit podcasts. The class ultimately created a podcast series "This Week Back Then" that aired on KBOO's evening news hour each Monday night from January through June 2017. Students analyzed comparable history podcasts and talked with notable podcasters and producers via video conferences from across the country.