Imagined Spaces, Preserved Places: A Case Study of Historic Preservation through Applied Learning Environments and Service-Learning

Recently, there has been some discussion about how to get and keep students interested in history and historical preservation. To address this, the Walter Stiern Library at California State University, Bakersfield collaborated with the History Department to integrate an archival service-learning program into the curriculum. Coinciding with this, the library redesigned its archival program to include an applied learning environment where students get hands-on experience. This case study traces the establishment of this program and provides initial findings about the benefits service-learning has for students and the community. It also considers the implications service-learning has for archivists and the archives.


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