History Club Co-President Whitney Oachs reflects on last week’s super successful panel discussion on careers for History Majors!
On Thursday, March 31st the History Club hosted its second-annual “What can you do with a history degree?” day. The event is meant to address the pervasive assumption that the only thing a history major can do post-graduation is become a teacher, a law student, or a grad student. By bringing in panelists with history degrees working in fields outside of those professions, the event not only sponsors a sense of hope for history majors unsure about their future, but also gives students a chance to do some valuable networking within the twin cities history community. This year the History Club invited four professionals working in various sectors of the museum and preservation fields to talk about their path, their experiences, and their advice for current history students. The panelists for this year included Elise Roberts, education director of Hennepin History Museum, Natalie Heneghan of the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, Chad Thurman, director of the Folsom House, and Jessica Hobson of diversity, inclusion and community engagement at the Minnesota Historical Society. As co-president of the History Club and founder of this event, I am very grateful for the support we have gotten from the history department and the local history community. Without them this event would not have been possible.