Steven B. Burg, Ph.D.


 Steve Burg profile 


About Me:


In 1999, I arrived at Shippensburg University as the history department’s first specialist in public history.  I teach 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. 

My recent research and professional interests have focused on several different areas. These include:

  • The identification and preservation of African-American burial grounds in Pennsylvania. Working collaboratively with the Pennsylvania Hallowed Grounds Project, I am currently 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. 
  • Municipal-level historic preservation in Pennsylvania. This is an effort to continue research that I undertook with Dr. George Pomeroy and Dr. Angela Cuthbert examining the extent of local-level historic preservation activity in Pennsylvania through a grant-funded research project sponsored by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.  That research was published in the report: "Inventory and Analysis of Historic Preservation Ordinances in Pennsylvania Municipalities" (2018) ( 
  • The history of Shippensburg University. I am chairing the Historical Documentation Subcommittee of the Shippensburg University 150th Anniverary Committee. The committee seeks to tell the story of the university over its history, as well as to help the Shippensburg University Archives and Special Collections to collect, preserve, and share documents, photographs, artifacts, and stories that enrich our understanding of the institution's history and impact.  
  • The preservation, interpretation, and cultural meaning of historic cemeteries, especially the cemeteries of racial and ethnic minorities. My research has focused particularly on Jewish and African-American burial grounds

I have also served as the Faculty Co-Coordinator of the Shippensburg University First Year Experience Program since its inception in December 2017.



University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D. in United States History, 1999


University of Wisconsin-Madison, Master of Arts in History, 1990


Colgate University, Bachelor of Arts in History, 1990

Honors and Awards:


Provost’s Award for Extraordinary Service, 2018-2019


Shippensburg University Presidential Medal for Extraordinary Contributions to the University, (Awarded to the History/Philosophy Department), 2018


Faculty Member of the Year, Shippensburg Student Association, 2017-2018.


Fulbright  Scholar to Gothenburg University, Kingdom of Sweden, Fall 2013.


Appointed Member, Pennsylvania State Preservation Board, 2013-2019.


Invited Participant, United States Army War College, 7th Annual Commandant’s National Security Program, July 24-26, 2012.


Shippensburg University Teaching Innovation and Pedagogy Spotlight Teaching Award, 2011.


Research Fellow, Shippensburg University Research and Scholarship Program, Summer 2010.


Shippensburg University Teaching Innovation and Pedagogy Spotlight Teaching Award, 2009.


Recipient, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Faculty Professional Development Grant, 2006-2007. 


Best American History Dissertation 1999, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Named as the university’s nominee in 1999 for the Society of American Historians Nevin Prize for the best-written doctoral dissertation on an American history subject.

Selected Publications:


Burg, Steven B., Angela Cuthbert, George Pomeroy, Antonia Price, Taylor Little, James Hughes, Dana Edsall, and Zachary Moore, Inventory and Analysis of Historic Preservation Ordinances in Pennsylvania Municipalities, (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Center for Rural Pennsylvania, 2018).


Burg, Steven B., David Beecher, Jennifer Ott, and Troy Ehrensberger. Meet Me at Stewart Hall: History and Memories of Shippensburg University’s Historic Stewart Hall.  (Shippesnburg, PA: Burd Street Press, 2016).


Burg, Steven B., “Eyewitness to the Great War: William Gilmore’s Wartime Letters, Part 1-3” Franklin County History, vol. 26, 27, 28 (2014-2016).



Burg, Steven B. “’Starvation Would Soon Be At Hand:’ Ellen McLellan’s Encounter with General Robert E. Lee, Chambersburg, 1863.” Franklin County History, vol. 25 (2013): 33-38.


Burg, Steven B., “The North Queen Street Cemetery and the African American Experience in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, 1800-1950.” Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies, volume 77, no.1 (Winter 2010).


Burg, Steven B., “From Troubled Ground to Common Ground: The Locust Grove African American Cemetery Restoration Project: A Case Study of Service Learning and Community History.”  The Public Historian, vol. 30, no. 2 (May 2008): 51-82.


Burg, Steven B., ed. Black History of Shippensburg. (Shippensburg, PA: Shippensburg University Press, 2005).


Burg, Steven B., “Wisconsin and the Great Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918.” Wisconsin Magazine of History, vol. 84, no.1, (Autumn 2000).


Michael E. Stevens and Steven B. Burg, Editing Historical Documents: A Handbook of Practice. (Walnut Creek, Calif.: AltaMira Press, 1997).



History 601: Research in Local and Regional History

History 525: 20th Century U.S. Social History (Social Movements)

History 539: Historic Preservation Leadership and Advocacy

History 502: Introduction to Archives

History 501: Introduction to Applied History

History 390: United States and World War II

History 318: Introduction to Public History

History 203: Theory and Practice of History 

History 202: Recent U.S. History

History 201: Early U.S. HIstory

History 106: Thinking Historically in a Global Age

History 105: Foundation of Global Cultures

Honors 397: Viruses and History (team taught with Dr. Lucinda Elliott)

University 101: Shippensburg University First Year Seminar