Academics & Programs

Summer Programming

A Living History Experience

Immerse yourself in the history, culture, and interpretation of American rural life of the nineteenth century in classes taught on the RIT campus and at the Genesee Country Village & Museum.  

1st Summer Session: May 30th-June 30th, 2017

All three courses can count toward an Immersion in Museum Studies! Finish your Immersion in just five weeks!

All classes will also meet on Wednesdays from 12-4pm at Genesee Country Village & Museum

HIST 322: Monuments & Memory (J. Decker; Tues/Thurs 8-10:30am on RIT Campus)
How do individuals and social groups construct memory? How do memory and visual markers—i.e., monuments, memorials, and other parts of the built environment—play a part in the construction of identity within and between such groups? To answer these questions, we will examine the culture of commemoration by investigating such works in the United States, with attention paid to the Rochester area. In addition to considering the ways in which built structures have forged commemoration both in and for the public, we will consider how interpretations of the past have changed over time.

HIST 325: Museums & History (D. Cody; Tues/Thurs 11am-1:30pm on RIT Campus)
This course focuses on exploring the relationship between objects and history. Why do we collect objects from the past? When do objects become artifacts? What happens when we visit a museum filled with artifacts from the past? How do these artifacts and the museums that collect them reflect and shape American culture? By studying authentic artifacts from the 19th century housed in regional collections, students will develop an awareness of how history is learned, understood, and appreciated.

MUSE 449: Museum Theatre (A. Head; Tues/Thurs 2-4:30pm on RIT Campus)
This course focuses on exploring the intersection of museum exhibition and theatrical performance, and how the two can be fused to create more robust engagement between museum content and museum visitors. Students in this course will conduct historical research, and then apply their findings to theatrical character-building exercises. After a process of development, rehearsal and revision, students will perform their original museum theatre pieces at the Genesee Country Village and Museum.

For more information, contact Dr. Tina Lent at or talk with your Academic Adviser!