Career as a Historian
A Historian has the fascinating job of studying and interpreting the past. When people need detailed, nuanced information about the past, they go to historians to get the facts. These individuals write history books about all kinds of topics, times, people, and places. From ancient history, to a specific decade, to even one specific historical event, historians will study and fact-find in order to share that information with the public. Historians also get to study different languages and manuscripts. They have to study the language and translate what is written in the ancient documents that they are studying. Hence, they have to be really good at the language because those documents can contain vital information. There are many different types of historians, each with a specialty or a specific area of study in which they are experts. These specialties range from a specific time period, country, or region. For example, a historian could specialize in U.S. history with a particular mastery of 1960's pop culture. Another example of a specialization could be South African history with a concentration on apartheid. Historians may also specialize in history type, such as the history of women, or science. However, even though many historians specialize in one topic, it is expected that they have a general base of history knowledge. Historians study written records of history, this is where they get the support and evidence to back up their interpretation of the event or time period in question. It is their job to pore over all of the written documents they can find, and then piece together all of the information they gather to form some kind of historical narrative. They are then able to answer the questions of what happened, who was involved, why, etc. The duties of Historian includes to gather historical data from various sources, including archives, books, and artifacts and analyze and interpret historical information to determine its authenticity and significance. They also trace historical developments in a particular field and engage with the public through educational programs and presentations. They also archive or preserve materials and artifacts in museums, visitor centers, and historic sites and provide advice or guidance on historical topics and preservation issues and write reports, articles, and books on findings and theories.