Public History Students Create Fannie Barrier Williams Project Proposals

Fannie Barrier Williams, ca. 1880.

Students in Dr. Michael J. Kramer’s Fall 2023 Introduction to Public History seminar created project proposals about Brockport native & Gilded Age/Progressive Era activist Fannie Barrier Williams. They also collaborated with students majoring in social work and/or art on additional public history explorations.

In the fall of 2023, students in Dr. Kramer’s Introduction to Public History seminar completed project proposals for exhibitions, websites, lesson plans, monuments, memorials, and other public history concepts. Each one is driven by one essay written by Fannie Barrier Williams, and seeks to connect her life, times, and legacies to public audiences today.

Read Dr. Kramer’s Introduction to the public history project proposals and view the student public history project proposals themselves at the Fannie Barrier Williams Project website.

In addition, students in Introduction to Public History worked with students in Dr. Nicole Cesnales‘ Social Work seminar to explore issues of cultural sensitivity and they compiled data for students in Mitch Christensen‘s Graphic Design Typology 2 students in the SUNY Brockport Art Department to create visual timelines.


Supported by a SUNY Brockport Office of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Diversity Fellowship Grant, a Mellon Foundation Digital Ethnic Futures Consortium Teaching Fellowship, and the SUNY Brockport Departments of History, African and African American Studies, and Women and Gender Studies, the Fannie Barrier Williams Project is a yearlong inquiry into the life, context, and legacies of Fannie Barrier Williams.

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Posted: January 15, 2024