This school year is coming to an end, but the history department isn’t slowing down!

1 May

This school year is coming to an end and its been a great year for this history department.

Here are some recent highlights!

NCPH

Many of our graduate students had the opportunity to attend the National Council on Public History’s annual meeting and some of our students and professors even presented!!

Here are some photos from the 4 day conference held in Nashville:

IMG_1577DSC_0651

DSC_0691FullSizeRender

IMG_1578DSC_0821

IMG_1580IMG_1592

CD4hwndUgAAE1HQDSC_0784

IMG_1655

Presenters include:

Poster Sessions:

“A United Neighborhood:” Exploring an African American Community and Century Home – Lindsay Hagar

Altering the Narrative: Giving Voice to Childhood on Jekyll Island – Caleb Knies and Olivia Tilner

Building a Cornerstone: Interpreting Place in the Development of Community – Kayla Elizabeth Pressley and Erica Bettross

Contesting Narratives: The African American Heritage Society of Maury County Tennessee – Jaryn Abdallah

Story, Space, and Place: Developing Interpretation of the Franklin Battlefield through Spatial Technology – Rachel Finch and Thomas Flagel

Sessions

Making Space for Activists: Public History in the Age of Ferguson – Aleia Brown, Joshua Crutchfield, Ashley Bouknight

Public History in the Age of Anthropogenic Climate Change: Edging Towards a New Reality – Dr. Rebecca Conard

Triangulation: Joining Scholarship, Primary Sources, and Spatial Visualization to Map the African American Landscape of the Civil War – Dr. Susan Knowles, Zada Law, Ken Middleton, and Lydia Simpson

Grassroots Public History Activism: Adding the Names of Black Union Soldiers to the War Monument in an Old Southern Town – Dr. Martha Norkunas

Unbounded Partnerships: Community Based Preservation – Aleia Brown Brad Miller and Ginna Foster

Working Groups

Free, Separate, Uncertain: Can Public History Play? – Josh Howard

Public History as Digital History as Public History – Dr. Susan Knowles

After the Administrative History: What Next? – Angela Sirna

Teaching Public History through International Collaborations – Elizabeth Catte

Awards

Graduate student Erica Bettross won an Award of Commendation for Best Educational Programming at the 2015 Tennessee Association of Museums Conference

museum project web

http://www.mtsunews.com/museum-project-award-spring2015/?hootPostID=cfe7cd5a5fbcceb30b4d06738b765174

CMS Exhibit: A Legacy of Learning

Dr. Martin’s Essentials of Museum Management class has partnered with Central Magnet School, located in Murfreesboro, to create an exhibit including all the school sites located on the campus. These educational sites include: Union University, The Tennessee College for Women, Linebaugh Library, Central High School, Central Middle School and currently Central Magnet School. Grad students have worked tirelessly all semester in preparation for the May 1st Exhibit Opening located at the Central Magnet School Campus (701 East Main Street, Murfreesboro, TN) from 5-8pm.

Here are some photos from the work they have been doing this semester:

1560616_1583515741906462_2228935600885376093_n

10405355_1572014006389969_6888225611072213139_n10410729_1572013993056637_6578127876503324849_n

10428617_1567265590198144_7434503331505249387_n10437336_1554870668104303_7476227740022157419_n

10983380_1572013999723303_5764089339495604143_n11037313_1567265603531476_5401462278418855492_n

11072375_1567265610198142_7745085356996692640_n11148459_1583086578616045_6788845653043609782_n

11201122_1583086231949413_1958230930195330807_o

Make sure to come out and support those who have worked on the exhibit at the opening on May 1!

10537013_1579380438986659_494367898273390654_n

Dr. Martin’s Class at the Exhibit Opening

FullSizeRender

News from the History Department – February 2015

28 Feb

Even with the crazy weather conditions February was still a busy month for the History Department!!

Department Rivalry 

The Department had its annual Grad Student vs. Faculty Bowling Tournament! The history faculty claimed victory and redemption from last years loss.

10858448_1056516861040952_8236424292334815638_n10959583_1056517391040899_1592434003421233094_n

MTSU coordinated several events for Black History month

http://www.mtsu.edu/aahm/docs/2015bhm.pdf

History Day: Leadership and Legacy in History

Friday February 27th MTSU hosted the The Middle Tennessee District History Day Competition

Faculty and Students participated as volunteers and judges for the event.

IMG_1211

AGSH Bake Sale

IMG_1215

Conferences

Saturday February 29th 9 of MTSU’s history graduate and undergraduate students presented at the 2015 Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference:

IMG_1224

“Patently Revolutionary: How Starr Piano’s successful challenge of Victor Talking Machine Company’s Patent led to the Birth of the Modern Record Industry and the Recording of American Music” Charlie Dahan

“Der Fuhrer Speaks: The Rhetoric of hatred in Adolf Hitler’s Germany” Shaun York

“From Lincoln to King to Obama: The Reinvention of the Gettysburg Address” Kathryn Slover

“Politics of Piety and Duty in Classical Athens” Laura Darnell

“The Desperate Drive for Perfection: Changing Beauty Ideals of the 1920’s” Kelsey Lamkin

“E.T. Wickham: The Intersection of Family and Preservation” Brittany Wickham Walker

“Built for the Living: African American Funeral Homes across Tennessee, 1880’-1960’s” Brad Miller

“To Whatever End: German Involvement in the Holocaust” J. Ethan Holden

“Judenfrei: An Analysis of the Development of the Final Solution to the Jewish Question” Tyler Golden

Geography 4540 Class Trip to New Mexico

24 Nov

There were apparently some issues with the previous video so here is a new version of the Geography 4540 Class Trip to New Mexico!

The class is a 4540 Geography of Indigenous Peoples course taught by Dr. Doug Heffington. The trips was for eight days and seven nights. The class visited several Native American sites.

Which version of history should we be teaching?

3 Nov

The debate about U.S. History curriculum in public schools has been a hot debate in recent news, particularly the proposed changes to curriculum in Jefferson County, Colorado. According to the proposal “Materials should promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free enterprise system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights. Materials should not encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law. Instructional materials should present positive aspects of the United States and its heritage.” An article from the Huffington Post calls it an attempt to “erase significant chunks of our nations’ history.” What is the point of teaching history if you are going to exclude important pieces of America’s past? As I’m sure most historians, like myself, would agree it is absurd to teach an incomplete history to students, especially about their own country. Historians are not the only people in outrage. There have been teacher sit outs and even students have walked out of classes to protest. If the students are demanding an honest version of American history why shouldn’t we give it to them? If they are not able to learn about critical (and sometimes controversial) subjects in American history how can we expect them to learn to think critically about history. They will not only end up leaving high school ill prepared for what college history classes have to teach but they are being cheated out of a real education of America’s past.

We The People Constitution___Flag

If you are interested in further reading, here are a few articles on the controversy in Jefferson County.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephen-m-sweeney/the-attempts-by-the-schoo_b_6024810.html
http://kdvr.com/2014/09/24/proposed-changes-to-u-s-history-curriculum-in-jeffco-schools-lampooned-on-twitter/
http://www.npr.org/2014/10/03/353327302/school-board-wants-civil-disorder-deemphasized-students-walk-out

The History Department is Back in Action!!!

17 Oct

Hello fellow history students! My name is Kathryn Slover and I am the History Department’s social media graduate assistant. I’m sure its apparent from our lack of posts that the department blog has been out of commission for a while. We are finally back in action! We will be sharing department news, interviews, movie reviews of our favorite “historically accurate” films, and will hopefully have some guest bloggers! We hope you all follow the blog and stay up to date on the latest history news.

If you are interested in posting an interview, being a guest blogger or have a topic suggestion please contact me at kms9h@mtmail.mtsu.edu

History Students and Faculty Attend Phi Alpha Theta Conference

26 Feb
Image

Dr. Mark Doyle chairing a session.

On February 22, students and faculty from the History Department attended the Phi Alpha Theta conference at Tennessee Technology University in Cookeville, Tn. 

Matthew Holder won third place for best undergraduate paper with his presentation “‘T’ is a nice art, as much intellectual as moral”: The Moral Imperative of Historical Study.”

Elaura Highfield won first place for best graduate student paper with her presentation “John Hope Franklin, African American Historical Scholarship, and African American History as Cultural Property.”
Image

PhD students Liz Lambert, Dallas Hanbury, and Josh Howard.

Image

Matthew Holder presenting his paper.

Image

Elaura Highfield presenting her paper

Image

 

History Department Scholarships

10 Feb

History Department Scholarships

Don’t forget to apply for History Department Scholarships! There are undergraduate and graduate scholarships, as well as departmental scholarships open to both. Follow the link to learn about eligibility requirements and how to apply. Submissions are due the last Wednesday in February.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 424 other followers