Fields: Public History, Modern U.S. History, Global Urban History
Interests: Public History, urban history, oral history, historic preservation, urban renewal
Brian Whetstone is a Ph.D. student in American history studying the history of historic preservation, urban renewal, and public history practice in American cities and communities in the mid-twentieth century. He is also pursuing a public history certificate with a concentration in historic preservation. A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Brian grew fascinated with the ways communities grapple with preserving and connecting with the urban built environment. To further this exploration, Brian recently worked with a team of fellow graduate students to produce a panel for the Humanities Action Lab's traveling exhibit focusing on the ways urban renewal, community memory, and environmental injustice intersect in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Brian graduated with a BA in History from Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska. As a member of the UMass Public History program, he most recently completed an internship with the National Park Service's Northeast Regional Office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he helped research and coordinate efforts for the upcoming commemoration of the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment. Brian also serves on the National Council of Public History's New Professional and Graduate Student Committee and is a co-chair of the History Department's Graduate History Association.