Summer Public History Institute for High School Students

Summer Public History Institute

July 7 - 19, 2024

Join us this summer for a 2-week residential program for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors—and immerse yourself in the rich history of Boston’s colonial and Revolutionary eras with the Suffolk University Summer Public History Institute.

Through historical site visits, small group discussions, and behind-the-scenes museum tours guided by expert history and art & design faculty, students will learn valuable skills in historical research, museum studies, and digital interpretation. Their studies will culminate in the creation of individualized digital exhibits using their very own Meta Quest unit, a cutting-edge virtual reality technology, which each student will get to keep!

Virtual Information Session

April 25, 2024
7 - 7:45 p.m.

Learn more about the Summer Public History Institute and what to expect this summer. During this session, you'll have the opportunity to meet with program director Professor Katy Lasdow, staff members, and past Summer Institute alumni. They will share their experiences, provide an overview of the two-week program, and answer any questions you may have.

Register to attend our virtual information session

Program Highlights

During the program, students will gain hands-on, unparalleled access to some of the Boston area’s most celebrated museums and historic sites, including in-depth visits to the Paul Revere House, USS Constitution Museum and Ship, Black Heritage Trail, Old North Church, Revolutionary spaces—and more! You’ll also network with Suffolk University alumni who have built careers leading the area’s cultural institutions.

Come make your way with us as you build new friendships, forge professional networks, and bring the past to life in the present.

Registration is open!

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May 6: Pay the deposit to save your place
June 3: Pay your remaining balance

Program Cost

The Suffolk University Summer Public History Institute costs $4,500. This price includes accommodations in our residence hall, all meals, evening programming, as well as transportation and entrance costs to all site visits. Students will get to take home the Meta Quest (virtual reality headset) they are provided for the program. Please note this price does not include airfare or transportation costs to and from campus.

If you have questions about this summer program, or want to learn more, please email Katy Lasdow, Director of Public History. To check on the status of your registration, email Erik Gullard, associate director of admission.