Public History

teacherPatrick Spero has worked to bridge the divide between academic scholarship and the public. He has been involved in a number of public history initiatives throughout his career, including serving as Historian at the David Library of the American Revolution, leading teacher workshops for the Gilder-Lehrman Institute and National Endowment for the Humanities, lecturing about political leadership to business professionals and special groups, consulting on exhibits and other projects, and serving on various boards.

Please see below for some of Dr. Spero’s work. For a full list of his public history work, please visit his CV here.

Current Board and Advisory Service

  • Member of the Advisory Academic Board, Benjamin Franklin House, London, England, 2016-
  • Member of the Board of Directors, The Consortium for History, Science, and Technology, Philadelphia, PA., 2016-
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Abraham Lincoln Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, 2016-
  • Member of Advisory Council, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2015-
  • Member of Library Cabinet, Fred W. Smith Library at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 2015

Teacher Workshops

  • Director, “Perspectives on the American Revolution,” Gilder Lehrman Teacher Institute, Summer 2013-2015
  • Director, “Science in the Age of Revolution,” David Library Teacher Workshop, May 2010
  • Director, “Leadership in a Time of Uncertainty: George Washington and the American Revolution in the Delaware Valley,” Teacher Workshop, David Library of the American Revolution, May 2009
  • Assistant Director, “Revolution to Republic: Philadelphia’s Place in Early America,” NEH Landmarks in American History Summer Workshops for Community College Teachers, Society for the Historians of the Early Republic, Fall 2007 – July 2008
  • Program Administrator, “A Revolution in Government,” NEH Landmarks in American History for School Teachers, National Constitution Center, 2006 – 2007


  • Producer, Education Director, and Research Historian, Now Debate This! Washington-Lincoln ’08: The Great Debate,   Spring 2007 – Fall 2008
  • History Consultant, Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, Fall 2006 – Fall 2007

Historian, Author, Librarian