Farewell to Dr. T DeWayne Moore

 With the end of the spring semester, the History Department bids a fond farewell to Dr. T. DeWayne Moore, a Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor who taught for the Department during the 2019/2020 academic year.  DeWayne specializes in African American, 20th-century, and public history.  The Department was fortunate to have him on the faculty, if only for a year. 

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Studying History during the Covid-19 Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic and accompanying shutdown of schools, colleges and universities required a rapid transition of face-to-face courses to online offerings. History faculty adapted quickly and well, changing syllabi, assignments, and course activities. Here are some images of how History faculty and students adapted to unprecedented circumstances.

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Historiography: A Prize-Winning Course


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Historiography: A Prize-Winning Course!

Dr. Matt Schumann, history students Ms. Haley Hoffman and Mr. Nick Bowers, and AYA student Ms. Olivia Johnson won the Elliott L. Blinn Award for Faculty / Undergraduate Basic Research for 2020. The prize will be given officially at the Faculty Awards Ceremony on April 6. In giving this award, the university substantially recognizes both the ongoing history research of all three students, and Dr. Schumann’s scholarship on course design for the class in which the students’ research got its start: HIST 3790: Historiography. Continue reading

Study Abroad in Costa Rica, January Term 2020



Over J-term 2020, Dr. Lara Martin Lengel, School of Media and Communications, and I took 14 students to Costa Rica for a study abroad experience, under the auspices of a cross-listed course, HIST 4950/COMM 4060/HONS 4900, Cultural Studies in Costa Rica. After landing in San Jose, the capital, the group spent four days at the Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center in Turrúcares, in Costa Rica’s Central Valley.

There, the students cared for animals including parrots, macaws, howler and spider monkeys, sloths, and kinkajous. We learned about the local flora and fauna from the Center staff, including Dr. Andreas Perez, the Center veterinarian. While at the Center, the group took day trips to Manuel Antonio National Park, and Volcan Irázu, Costa Rica’s highest volcano. A highlight of the Irázu trip was playing soccer on the side of the volcano. Continue reading

Reflections on My Work at Heritage Sylvania

By Katie Nowakowski

I have been very grateful for my opportunity to work with Heritage Sylvania, a history center and museum in Sylvania, Ohio, in 2019. Because it is such a small organization, I got to witness in depth how it is managed, what kind of workers are involved, and how a non-profit operates financially. Heritage Sylvania is run primarily by the executive director and I was the only other “office” employee. For this reason, I had a variety of tasks that were all important to the organization.

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An Inspirational Surprise in the Archive

“Benjamin Lay,” by William Williams, Sr. c. 1750-1758. National Portrait Gallery, Object number NPG.79.171

by Dr. Andew M. Schocket

This January, I had the opportunity to spend two weeks in Washington, DC. While there I conducted research in the Library of Congress. But something in a quite different kind of archive, that I just happened upon, had a larger effect on me than anything I’d intentionally come to see.

History for the public good

We just received an email from our alum, Dr. Stephanie Gaskill, that warmed our hearts in this (not so cold, so far) January. Stephanie graduated from BGSU with a history major (2008) and M.A. in history (2010)/ She is now the education director of Operation Restoration, an organization that is bringing college to Louisiana prisons. Stephanie’s path illustrates the many ways in which historians change the world, for the public good, little by little. You can be part of her efforts by sending a copy of Harriet Jacobs Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl or supporting the organization in other ways.

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