The Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest

History in the Public Interest

A new center that brings historical scholarship and historical perspective to bear on contemporary global affairs, and that will serve as a leading voice for greater historical consciousness among citizens, elected officials and industry leaders.

Lepage Center Officially Opens

The Lepage Center officially began operations in January 2017, with initial programming planned for fall 2017. Read the release >>


Our Story

The Lepage Center is made possible through the vision and generosity of Mr. Albert Lepage, a history major at Villanova, graduate of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, '69, and retired co-chairman of Lepage Bakeries Inc. Read about the gift >>



Director, Jason Steinhauer

A recognized leader within the field of public history and the creator of the field of history communication, Steinhauer was appointed the first director of the Lepage Center after a national search. He has more than 15 years of experience in government, academia, museums and archives.

Faculty Director, Paul Steege, Ph.D.

A member of the Villanova History Department since 2000, Dr. Steege is a specialist in twentieth-century German history and the author of Black Market, Cold War: Everyday Life in Berlin, 1946-1949. He is a recent recipient of a U.S. Fulbright Association Senior Scholar Research Grant.


"Made By History"

A new blog from The Washington Post called "Made By History" brings historical analysis to political, cultural and legal affairs. The Lepage Center is proud to be a founding sponsor and contributor. Read >>


In the News

Director Jason Steinhauer on

Interview: An era of fake history IQ.The Economist

On fake news and fake history with the Foreign Policy Research Institute

Speaking engagements in Europe with the U.S. Department of State

The opening of the Lepage Center covered by the Philly Voice

The gift by Albert Lepage featured in the Philadelphia Business Journal

The appointment of our first director covered by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities

"Fake News and Fake History: A Crisis of Authority"

Monday, Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

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General Inquiries:

Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Villanova, PA 19085
Tel: (610) 519-4660


Jason Steinhauer

Paul Steege
Faculty Director

In person:

The Lepage Center is located on the campus of Villanova University, inside the St. Augustine Center, Room 410