THI Public Scholarship Profile: Wyatt Young

Wyatt Young is a second-year History PhD at UC Santa Cruz. He is currently a year-long Public Fellow at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, where he works as a professional public humanist and local historian.

February 21, 2019

The Humanities Institute spoke to Wyatt about his day-to-day work; the Santa Cruz Gay Men’s Volleyball League; the “master” of the The Davenport Jail—a local octogenarian historian who inspired Wyatt to focus on that historical site; the underrepresentation of indigenous histories in local archives; and what he hopes will be the lasting impact of this fellowship.

You’re working with the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH) this year as a professional humanist in the exhibits and collections team. Can you tell us about this role? What does it involve, and how does your work intersect with the museum’s exhibition philosophy, and day-to-day running?
My role at the MAH working requires me to wear many hats. Some of these include: serving on local history committees for sites as the Davenport Jail, interviewing and documenting local members of the Santa Cruz community for oral history projects, and bringing to the MAH local history projects that I encounter in my daily life here in Santa Cruz . . . Read the full interview here.