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2016 Excellence in History Awards

President Joe Lueck initiates this year's group of inductees into the Gamma Upsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta.

President Joe Lueck initiates this year’s group of inductees into the Gamma Upsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta.

Joe Lueck presents research that won the Outstanding Graduate Seminar Paper award.

Joe Lueck presents research that won the Outstanding Graduate Seminar Paper award.

Dr. Amilcar Challu presents senior Elizabeth Hile with the Outstanding Senior in History award.

Dr. Amilcar Challu presents senior Elizabeth Hile with the Outstanding Senior in History award.

Dr. Rebecca Mancuso presents senior Allison Francis with the Undergraduate Research Excellence in History award.

Dr. Rebecca Mancuso presents senior Allison Francis with the Undergraduate Research Excellence in History award.

On April 22, the History Department held its annual Excellence in History awards presentation the Bowen Thompson Student Union.  The event celebrates the excellent work done by undergraduate and graduate students in the department.  In addition, the department’s chapter of the honor society Phi Alpha Theta initiates new members at this event.  Allison Francis, who received the department’s Undergraduate Research Excellence in History award, gave a presentation based on her senior capstone research paper, “The War Against the High Cost of Living:  How a Community of Polish-American Women Fought to Better their Lives,” while Joe Lueck, the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Seminar Paper award, presented “Hog Wild:  Shifting Livestock Control Policies in 17th-century New England.”   Other award recipients included Dillon Barto, of the John Schwarz Essay award, Elizabeth Hile, of the Outstanding Senior in History award, Lindsay Bauman, of the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant award, and Joe Lueck, of the Outstanding Departmental Citizen award.  Lueck, who is also the president of the department’s Gamma Upsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, inducted eleven new members into the Society:  Lindsey Marie Bauman, Zachary Burton, Danya Marie Crow, Amanda Catherine Dreyer, Heather Hines, Michael Horton, Grant Calvin Joy, Brandon J. Leal, Amber Lewis, Daniel K. Rossignol, and David Staub.  After the awards, students, family members, and faculty enjoyed a reception in the History Department.  Congratulations to all the honorees, and thanks to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, faculty, and Tina Thomas for organizing the event and reception.




Annual History Professional Day 2016

Dr. Becky Mancuso led a discussion of Canadian connections to U. S. history.

Dr. Becky Mancuso led a discussion of Canadian connections to U. S. history.

On Friday, April 8, 2016, the History Department held its History Professionals Day, an annual event that brings approximately 30 history and social studies teachers to BGSU for a morning of workshops and lectures on the latest developments in a variety of historical fields and topics. Dr. Nicole Jackson presented on “Civil Rights in the US: From Reconstruction to the Present,” Dr. Becky Mancuso on “The Underground Railroad’s Canadian Connection,” and Dr. Amilcar Challu on “Environmental History.” In addition, BGSU’s Director of Pre College Programs and College Credit Plus Coordinator (and BGSU History MA alumnus) Michael Ginnetti reported on new initiatives to aid teachers gaining the graduate credit hours in History required for College Credit Plus certification. The teacher-participants responded well to all of the presentations. “Love the diversity of topics,” noted one teacher, “and the collection of primary sources that I can definitely use in the classroom.”

History Department Presence at the Ohio Academy of History Conference

At the annual Ohio Academy of History conference, which met at the Stark Campus of Kent State University on April 1 and 2, 2016, BGSU History faculty and alumni participated in four panels. Drs. Ben Greene and Steven Schrag delivered papers, “Waging a Cultural Cold War: U. S. Public Diplomacy During the Cold War,” and “Goering in Captivity: An Analysis of the Treatment of High Value German POWs in the Immediate Postwar Period,” respectively, while PhD alumnus Dr. Don Eberle’s paper was entitled “Dumped in to the Maumee River of Placed in a Padded Cell: Scott Nearing, Toledo University and Academic Freedom During the First World War.” Graduate Director Dr. Michael Brooks participated in a roundtable discussion of Graduate Directors in Ohio.  Department Chair Dr. Scott C. Martin chaired and commented on a panel that was co-sponsored by the Alcohol and Drugs History Society: “Drink and Temperance: Literature, Rum, and Central Asia.”  In addition, Dr. Martin, who assumed the presidency of the Ohio Academy for the coming year, delivered his Presidential Lecture at Business Meeting/Luncheon on Saturday, speaking on “Serendipity in the Cemetery: The Anglo-American Community in Florence, 1840-1860.”

Dr. Scott C. Martin became the OAH president for the coming year.

Dr. Scott C. Martin became the OAH president for the coming year.

BGSU’s 2016 Latino Issues Conference


Undergraduate Matthew Wright

Undergraduate Matthew Wright

The 2016 BGSU Latino Issues Conference was held Thursday, March 24, 2016. It was an all-day conference that featured BGSU student presentations and a keynote luncheon with speaker Jennine Capo Crucet, award winner author of Make Your Home Among Strangers.

History undergraduates and graduate students presented their work in a panel entitled Music, Literature, and Criticism.” Matthew Wright presented on Afro-Mexican soldiers at the time of Mexican independence, discussing the importance of race and ethnicity at a critical juncture in time.

Kaysie Harrington and Josh Holloway spoke on the famous Catalina de Erauso and Thomas Hall whom both dressed and lived as the opposite sex for military and personal reasons. Harrington tackled the issue from the perspective of gendered honor norms, while Holloway discussed it from a broader political economic perspective, presenting Catalina as the foot soldier of an expanding global empire. Nanosh Lucas, a Dual History-Spanish MA student finally presented on food in nineteenth century Mexico and New England, seeing cookbooks were an integral part of an emerging capitalist culture of the time.

The Latino Issues/Encuentro Latinoamericano Conference illuminates on the diversity and successes of BGSU students and their ability to reach out to the community presenting history that would otherwise go untold.

The History Society: A place to share the passion for history

We all have our favorite time periods when it comes to history. The History Society Club is a place to share those time periods and talk with fellow classmates. Meetings are on Wednesdays at 7:30pm in Williams Hall #141. We occasionally have professors come in and talk to us about their specific area of specialty. We also have theme nights, where we talk about specific themes and topics in history. For example, this semester we are talking about Classical, Medieval, Colonial, and Modern history. Game and movie nights are also fun activities that we put on throughout the semester. And for those of you who may need some help around exams, we’ll be having a study night near finals.

It’s a great place to come and hangout with fellow lovers of history! Be sure to follow the twitter account for daily updates: @HistoryBgsu

Guest post by Nicole Farley, History major and member of the History Society. 


Job opening: Head Librarian and University Archivist position

Bowling Green State University

University Libraries

Head Librarian and University Archivist, Center for Archival Collections (CAC)


Reporting to the Chair of the Archival Collections and Branches Department, the Head Librarian and University Archivist will supervise and evaluate seven unit employees, lead the unit in establishing a forward-looking vision with an emphasis on achieving and assessing strategic initiatives for the unit, which includes collections related to Northwest Ohio history, Great Lakes, University Archives, Midwest literature, and student affairs, and services that include preservation, microfilming, records management, reference, and instruction. The successful candidate will teach one course a year in Public History or a related program. Minimum qualifications: ALA-accredited Master’s degree; minimum Master’s degree in history or related field.  For detailed description & qualifications, visit


Minimum salary starting at $52,052 for a 12-month, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor.  This position is available beginning July 1, 2016.  Print or electronic applications must be received or postmarked by March 18, 2016.  Submit application letter, vitae, and name, address, contact information for minimum 3 references to: Head Librarian and University Archivist, (CAC) Search Committee.  Email: Final candidate(s) are required to authorize & pass a background investigation prior to an offer of employment. BGSU is an AA/EO institution.


This is a re-posting of this position.  Previous applicants need not reapply and are still part of the applicant pool.

History Alum Returns to BGSU for Guest Lecture


Ms. Bogart showing map of the Great Black Swamp

Dana Bogart-Cress, received her Bachelor’s degree in history here at Bowling Green State University back in 2012. She just recently finished her Master’s degree in History at Miami University after finishing a thesis titled My Great Terror: North West Ohio’s Environmental Borderland.

She returned to BGSU to give a lecture on the environmental history of the Black Swamp in Dr. Amilcar Challu’s Environmental History class on February 16.  Students were interested to learn about a topic so close to home. Her lecture introduced students to primary sources that she used in her thesis and talked about the draining and deforestation of the swamp to make it  prime agricultural land. These events were contentious and involved a clash of different and incompatible land uses and cultural values between natives and Euro-American settlers. Dana Bogart-Cress is currently working with AmeriCorps – Ohio History Service Corps in projects related to historic preservation. She can be followed on Twitter at @danambogart

Contributor: Nicole Farley, History Major, class of ‘17


PhD Alumnus Solheim Publishes Textbook

Dr. Bruce Olav Solheim, a 1993 PhD graduate of the History Department, recently published Making History:  A Personal Approach to Modern American History (Cognella Academic Publishing, 2016).  According to the publisher, Making History “takes a personal approach to American history. It gets readers excited about their own roles in making history and empowers them to make changes for the betterment of their country.  Making History begins with the important point that while most standard textbooks refer to events that have shaped America, these events didn’t happen to American – they happened to individual Americans.  It is individuals who give their lives in armed conflicts and lose their homes during financial downturns. With its non-traditional take on events and their impacts, Making History is a free alternative to survey courses in American history and historiography or classes in American civilization.”

Dr. Solheim is a Distinguished Professor of History at Citrus College in Glendora, California.  He was a Fulbright Professor in Norway in 2003.  He has published five books and written six plays.

Alcohol Encyclopedia Gains ALA Recognition

At the American Library Association’s winter meeting earlier this month, the ALA named The SAGE Encyclopedia of Alcohol: Social, Cultural, and Historical Perspectives, edited by Professor Scott C. Martin, as one of ten publications on its 2016 Outstanding References Source List. Academic and public libraries use this list when considering which reference works to purchase for their collections. Andrew Boney, the senior acquisitions editor at SAGE, congratulated Martin for receiving this “great honor in the academic publishing world,” calling the award “well-deserved recognition.” The encyclopedia contains 1,774 pages in three volumes, with a total of 550 entries.


Martin Presents at AHA/ADHS Conference

Professor and Department Chair Scott Martin participated in a roundtable discussion on alcohol and drugs history at the American Historical Association meeting in Atlanta on January 8, 2016. The roundtable, “Alcohol and Drugs History: Accomplishments and Prospects,” sponsored by the Alcohol and Drugs History Society (ADHS), examined developments within the field over the past 35 years, along with likely directions for future research. Other panelists were William Rorabaugh, David Courtwright, Scott Haine, Isaac Campos, and Jon Miller.


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