Fall History Courses Offer Field Trips and Focus on Native Americans

Professor Scott White reads a plaque on the grounds of the DeWint House in Tappan, which served as George Washington’s headquarters during the Revolutionary War. It is one of the sites students will visit in fall as part of his Public History course.

Dominican College is reviving two interesting history courses this fall – Public History and Survival of the Native American.  Adjunct Professor Scott White said the Public History students will be taking field trips to several historic sites, including George Washington’s headquarters in Tappan and the Stony Point Battlefield.  They will also be learning about the production of documentaries and how marketing is used in the tourism industry.

“Public history is the preserving and presenting of the past to the public,” said Dr. White.  “It’s through social media, museums, parks, living history demonstrations, and also through homecomings and commemorations of towns and communities.”

Professor White is also teaching a class about Native American history and will be introducing students to Native American beliefs and cultures, in addition to discussing contemporary issues concerning Native Americans.  Dr.  White lived out west for many years and speaks the Native American language of Lakota Sioux, as well as some Apache and Navajo.  He has been an expert witness on federal land claims cases for the return of lands to Native Americans, and raises awareness about looting of Native American sites for the illegal sale of artifacts. In addition, he was “adopted” as part of the Lakota Sioux clan in western South Dakota during a solemn Hankapi ceremony. Dr. White stresses that because he was able to speak with the elders, much of what he teaches cannot be found in books or online.

For more information on these courses, contact Professor White at scott.white@dc.edu.