Since 1984, the Center for Public History (CPH) at the University of Houston has been a leader in the field of public history in the city, the state of Texas, and the United States. The program is home to some 20 graduate students, as majors or minors, annually. By 2013, grants, contracts, and internships under the auspices of CPH and its faculty have exceeded $3,000,000.
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Simply put, it is the use of historical skills and methods outside of academic walls. Public historians are trained to meet the needs of the community - the public - whether that community is defined as a city, a neighborhood, a business, a historical society, or a museum audience. Public history is history intended for the public benefit.