Public History Collaborative

Sewing supplies superimposed by the words: Movement/Rest Quilting Bee

Quilt blocks from the Movement Rest Quilting Bee project.

The Public History Collaborative, inaugurated in July 2019, brings the public, students, staff & faculty together to produce and practice history.


18 October 2022 --  “How do we talk about race in the History classroom?” A panel discussion with teachers, professors and the public. 

There are no events listed for this time span.

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At Home Cooking & History: An At-Home Webinar Series

The Public History Collaborative (PHC) and the Department of History held a weekly webinar series, "At Home Cooking & History: An At-Home Webinar Series," starting Sunday November 21, 2021, from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM! 

Each Sunday in fall 2021, the PHC hosted a guest from the History Department or Tucson community available to talk food, history, and culture while cooking up something delicious! 

If you missed the live presentation of Dr. Lawrance sharing the history and demonstration of how to cook turkey fricassee, please view the recording below!

Inside Arizona Series

The Inside Arizona series highlights individuals and groups in Arizona who are making history in public spaces and for the public. Click on the social media tags above to see the stories. If you have ideas for people and projects to highlight, you can dm us or send an email to

Movement/Rest Quilting Bee -- 2020-2021 Virtual Program

In Fall 2020, the PHC in collaboration with CATalyst Studios and the Kindred Group at the Pima County Public Library produced the Movement/Rest Quilting Bee, a bi-weekly event open to individuals in Tucson and at the University of Arizona to come together to make and learn in the midst of COVID-19 and white supremacy, two of the concurrent and intersecting crises of 2020. #moverestbee, inspired by the beautiful and loving work of #BLM & #M4BL, is a virtual space and a hands-on public quilt project designed to nourish creativity, resistance, activism, joy, rest and care.

During Spring 2021, the ~50 quilt blocks were made into two quilts. (The quilt blocks featured in the banner were created by #moverestbee participants.) Keep an eye out for exhibitions at the university, the public library and throughout Tucson.

Our Physical Space

Our maker space was closed in Spring 2022 due to COVID-19; we will be reopening in Spring 2023. Stay tuned!

The physical space is a maker space in Room 406 on the fourth floor of the César E. Chávez Building, 1110 James E. Rogers Way on the UA campus. In the maker space, the public, faculty, students and staff gather to meet new people, to create, to collaborate, to share ideas and to learn new analog and digital tools and processes for moving from idea to project.

We host monthly workshops to bring people together to meet, talk, learn, share and ask questions about ideas, projects, tools and platforms that are helpful for creating public history projects. We also have regular drop-in hours for one-on-one sessions, for access to technology and library resources, and for making quick and easy projects, including exhibits, zines and posters.

Intellectual Commitment

The practice of history is usually an individual enterprise. The PHC wants to change that. We have an intellectual commitment to working with faculty, students and staff throughout the university to make the practice of history more collaborative in online and in-person classes and through publications and projects. We are also developing language and policies that would make public history work count in tenure and promotion. 

Ethical Commitment

We also have an ethical commitment to a vision of public history that sees the public as producers of history. This ethical commitment extends to resisting a transactional trend in public history (and public engagement) in which institutions extract ideas, materials and bodies in ways that are exploitative. We use institutional resources to support a wide range of projects created by the public. These institutional resources include space, materials, one-on-one sessions, interns and assistance locating and applying for grants.


The Public History Collaborative is also mobile. We go to individuals and organizations outside of the university. We also form partnerships to duplicate the maker space and workshops in other settings.

Contact Us

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We look forward to working with you!

Frequently Asked Questions


Public history is usually understood as history created by professionals (scholars, museum curators, filmmakers) for a general audience. At PHC, we define public history as history by, for and in collaboration with the public.

​​​​​​We can help you through conversations—in person, via phone, email and digital platforms—to think through your project, by sharing resources and by providing a space for you to learn and collaborate.

    You can send an email and we will follow-up with you.

    You can send an email and we will follow-up with you.