History isn't simply learning what happened in the past, but how what happened affected individuals. Understanding our shared collective history helps us contextualize the present: from current events to our own lives. To discuss history – and its role and our understanding of it – Jonathan Burdick, public school history teacher, founder of the public history project Rust & Dirt, and contributing writer at the Erie Reader, will discuss what drew him to history as a discipline, how he teaches and writes about it, and why and how he launched a public history project.
Jonathan Burdick is a public school teacher at Union City Area Middle/High School. After graduating from Edinboro University in 2009 with a degree in Secondary Education, he continued his studies earning an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (Edinboro University of Pennsylvania) and an M.A. in History (Slippery Rock University). He is also a contributing writer to the Erie Reader and founder of the public history project Rust & Dirt. He resides in Millcreek with his wife and two children.