About HOM

A Domestic Study-Travel Experience from the  Public History Program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette

History on the Move, the path-breaking domestic study-travel program established in 1998 by the Department of History’s Dr. Robert Carriker (Dept. Head and Director of Public History Studies), creates hands-on and experiential educational opportunities that revolve around, but are not limited to, historical study.  The program is based on the notion that studying the rich cultural, historical, and natural environments in the U.S. is a worthwhile endeavor in a similar way that studying abroad is valuable.  In 2010, Outstanding Teacher recipient Dr. Mary Farmer-Kaiser joined the program and accompanied HOM to the West and the Southwest.  Two summers ago we brought a group of students to Alaska for three weeks in the field, where their many adventures included spending three nights inside Denali National Park at the Murie Science Learning Center and refurbishing the historic cemetery at the Kennecott Mining District National Historic Landmark in Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve (the largest National Park in the system).  Students also participated in the World Eskimo Indian Olympics, visited numerous museums and historic sites, and climbed to the top of several mountains and a glacier. In 2013 Carriker and Farmer-Kaiser headed to the South and the program included stops in Memphis, Nashville, Atlanta, Charleston, and one week in Washington, D.C. where students gained behind the scenes access to some of the greatest museums in the world. In 2014 Carriker lead the group up the Pacific Coast (from Las Vegas to San Francisco and on to Seattle) where they gained exposure to the historic sites, cultural districts, museums, and National Parks of California, Oregon, and Washington.  

The program is open to all students regardless of major.  www.historyonthemove.org

Guiding Values.
Safety is value #1.

Active learning makes deeper impressions and facilitates seeing the country, people, and the world around us within a more sophisticated context.

Studying history and public history by going to the places where it took place and where it is taking place is a peerless method of instruction.

Traveling and learning together in a small group setting has rewards that surpass what one might expect.  Everything from sharing nightly meals to helping each other through intellectual and physical challenges forges community and builds lasting connections.

As representatives of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette we strive to present a healthy and positive image to the people we encounter during our study-travels.


Future HOM Excursions

2014 - The Pacific Coast (July)
2015 -On Hiatus
2016- Alaska (June)
2017- The West (July)
2018 - The Northeast (June)

Past History on the Move Excursions

2014 - The Pacific Coast (California, Oregon, Washington)
2013 - The South & Washington D.C. 
2012 - Alaska
2011 - The Southwest 
2010 - The West 
2009 - The Presidential Inauguration  
2001 - The Southwest 
1999 - The Southwest
1998 - The Southwest