Dr. Steve Burg was Shippensburg University’s first specialist in public history. He teaches courses in public history, historic preservation, research methods, American social and political history, the history of disease and public health, the history of the Great Depression and World War II, and local and regional history.
His recent research and professional interests have focused on several different areas including the identification and preservation of African-American burial grounds in Pennsylvania. Working collaboratively with the Pennsylvania Hallowed Grounds Project, he currently is working to build a comprehensive database of every African-American cemetery and burial ground that existed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from the eighteenth century through the mid-twentieth century, and then to document the history and condition of every site. This documentation project is the first step of a larger effort to advance policies and practices that will protect these sites and encourage public appreciation of these burial grounds as critical sites for understanding and engaging with African-American history.