Serenus Press publications help students choose a college major, reinforce reasons for diligent study, and provide concrete career options. Colleges and schools find multiple uses for them: career advisors hand them out to students as unique examples of nonacademic opportunities, college administrators find them helpful in recruiting high school students, and parents consult them to reinforce the value of a liberal arts education for their children.
Nearly half the colleges throughout the United States, as well as numerous schools, historical associations, and libraries have depended on our material since 1984 when our first publication, Careers for Graduates in History, appeared first, under the imprint of the nonprofit National Center for the Study of History. To confront the Centerís inherent financial limitations and broaden its scope beyond the discipline of history, the Centerís founder, Robert Pomeroy, then established the Serenus Press.
Pomeroy, a history graduate from Stanford University, served two years active service in the military, studied at the graduate Arab Studies Program at the American University of Beirut, then began a career in finance. This took him from Lebanon to Brazil and from New York to Washington, DC where, after 22 years of service, he retired as an Advisor to the Inter-American Development Bank.
During the 1970s, in response to problems voiced by unemployed history PhDs, he organized a Business Group for the American Historical Associationís National Coordinating Committee for the Promotion of History. Later, in 1980, he helped found the National Council on Public History, serving as a director, secretary, and treasurer as well as an editorial board member of its journal, The Public Historian. He also co-edited The Craft of Public History (Greenwood Press, 1983) with the Department of Stateís Historian, David Trask, and, as a member of the Organization of American Historiansí Committee on Public History, wrote Educating Historians for Business: A Guide for Departments of History.
Subsequently, Pomeroy has written, published, and distributed over 370,000 copies of twenty nine Serenus Press publications, contributed numerous articles to educational journals, and served on five college advisory boards. He has addressed students, teachers, and business people on topics concerning history and careers at numerous U.S. colleges, two government-sponsored Brazilian business forums, and the first French symposium on enterprise-based history.
Having moved from Maine to California, he promotes the study and uses of history by way of this website.