Dr. Scott Martin and Dr. Lara Martin Lengel are leading a Study Abroad trip to Costa Rica during the Winter Session of 2020. Both have been traveling to Costa Rica since 2011, and have plenty of experience exploring the country. Undergraduate Student Mary Wires asked some questions of Dr. Scott Martin about the themes and goals for the Study Abroad. Here are his answers: Continue reading
Dan Masters Bowling Green State University master’s student was awarded the Local History Publication Award for 2017 from the Center For Archival Collections presenting on his work on Shermans Praetorian Guard: Civil War Letters of John McIntrye Lemmon 72nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Masters created the book from of his work indexing the letters of American Civil War soldiers writing home to Northwest Ohio newspapers. Masters was drawn to the project after writing his first book No Greater Glory which examined the writing of the 144th Ohio Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. While researching the book he happened upon thousands of Civil War letters from soldiers from Northwest Ohio in local papers and wondered how much more of this material was there? Masters began to index the letters in collaboration with the Center for Archival Collections to create an index of the letters. Continue reading
We held our annual Celebration of Excellence in History today. This was a collaborative effort of faculty, staff, Phi Alpha Theta and alums to recognize undergraduate and graduate student achievement with awards and scholarships.
LAWRENCE FRIEDMAN OUTSTANDING GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH AWARD
Established in 1993 in honor of Dr. Lawrence J. Friedman, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of the Department of History. This award is given for outstanding graduate student research. The dissertation/thesis must be nominated in writing by the student’s mentor.
Presented by Dr. Ruth W. Herndon to Michael Horton
OUTSTANDING GRADUATE SEMINAR PAPER
Awarded to a graduate student that submits the best paper from a History class during the 2017 year (Spring, Summer, and Fall 2017 semesters).
Presented by Dr. Michael E. Brooks to Chris Lause
Honorable Mention: Rebekah Brown
OUTSTANDING TEACHING ASSISTANT AWARD
This award is presented to the graduate student recognized as the outstanding teaching assistant in the BGSU Department of History.
Presented by Dr. Kara E. Barr to Kaysie Harrington
OUTSTANDING DEPARTMENTAL CITIZEN AWARD
This award is presented to a graduate student for meritorious contributions to the BGSU Department of History.
Presented by Dr. Rebecca J. Mancuso to Kyle Penzinski
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH EXCELLENCE IN HISTORY AWARD
Presented to an undergraduate student who submits an excellent history research paper based on primary sources. Recipient agrees to present their work in a public forum sponsored by the Department of History.
Presented by Dr. Luke A. Nichter to Austin Kepling: “Thunderclap from a Cloudless Sky: German-Americans in Northwest Ohio during the Great War” Written for Dr. Benjamin Greene’s HIST 4800: 20th Century America (Fall 2017)
JO ENGER ARTHUR SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDY ABROAD
Created in 2001 by Jo Enger Arthur’s son, Mike Arthur, BGSU class of 1974, in honor of his mother’s interest in history and overseas travel. Jo Arthur studied history at BGSU, where she later met her husband E. Printy Arthur, BGSU class of 1950. This scholarship offers support for study abroad for majors or minors in history, integrated social studies, international studies, or European language. Applicants will normally have completed at least 12 hours of history courses and have a GPA in history of 3.2 or higher.
Presented by Dr. Kara E. Barr to Emily Ambrose
STUART R. AND FLORENCE P. GIVENS SENIOR HISTORY SCHOLARSHIP
Established in 2001 in honor of Dr. Stuart R. Givens, former Chair and Professor Emeritus of the History Department, and University historian, and his wife Florence P. Givens. Dr. Given’s forty-five year career was dedicated primarily to his two loves – teaching and service to the University and to the Bowling Green community. This award is presented to a rising senior majoring in history or integrated social studies with a minimum GPA of 3.2. The student must have a strong record of service to the department, University, or community.
Presented by Dr. Rebecca J. Mancuso to Cooper Clark
THE GROVER AND VIRGINIA PLATT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Established in 1989 in memory of Dr. Grover Platt, former Chair and Professor Emeritus of the Department of History by his wife Dr. Virginia Platt. The scholarship was later changed by the couple’s daughter, Carolyn V. Platt, to honor both parents. Dr. Virginia Platt was a former trustee of the University and served on the History Department faculty. Awarded to an undergraduate student majoring in history. Preference given to students who are the first generation of their family to attend a college or university, and recognizes academic achievement.
Presented by Dr. Nicole M. Jackson to Rebecca Good and Annebell Meddock
JOHN SCHWARZ ESSAY AWARD
Established in honor of John Schwarz, former Chair of the Department of History. This scholarship is awarded to a history major for the best essay completed for a history requirement.
Presented by Dr. Luke A. Nichter to Ernest Valladares III “Disaster in Africa: An Examination of the Combat Development of the United States Army at Kasserine Pass,” written for Dr. Benjamin Greene’s HIST 4800: 20th Century America (Fall 2017)
GENERAL NILES J. FULWYLER HISTORY SCHOLARSHIP
Established for the purpose of providing scholarships to History students and to honor the memory of Dr. Virginia Platt. General Fulwyler received the BGSU Distinguished Alumni Award in 1984. Dr. Virginia Platt was a former trustee of the University and served on the History Department faculty.
Presented by Dr. Apollos Okwuchi Nwauwa to Rebecca Good and Jacob Money
MARY ELLEN KEIL SCHOLARSHIP
Established by Mary Ellen Keil, a graduate of BGSU. Keil was a school teacher and later served as a Captain in the USAFR during WWII. This scholarship is granted to a student who has declared an interest in pursuing studies in history. Preference is given to females, native Ohioans, and for scholastic achievement. All eligible candidates are automatically referred to the department by the enrolling office. There is no application for the scholarship.
Presented by Dr. Amílcar E. Challú to Renee Altaffer; Debi Kaur; Moira Armstrong; Annabelle Meddock; Kelly Beavers; Anne Mier; Aislinn Bill; Sarah Miller; Chloe Bortz; Megan Miner; Rebecca Good; Kaitlin Osborne; Alannah Graves; Kinzey Schreiber; Haley Hoffman; Olivia Vandevender; Taylor Holtman; Brooke Weirick; Victoria Kahrs; Mary Wires; Alexis Karolin.
OUTSTANDING SENIOR IN HISTORY AWARD
Presented to a senior history major for service to the Department and fellow majors combined with demonstrated academic excellence.
Presented by Dr. Rebecca J. Mancuso to Jake Householder
Special recognition for an exemplary role in leading the History Society, assistance with the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, social media, Preview and Presidents’ Day or other History Department activities and events.
Presented by Dr. Nicole M. Jackson to Dominique Seo
BGSU History students, faculty, and alumni formed a lively presence at the Ohio Academy of History’s recent conference at the University of Dayton on March 23-24, 2018. Their participation showed that History Falcons foster a valuable network within the state and help maintain the profession of teaching, researching, and writing History.
Rebekah A. S. Brown, a first-year History M.A. student at BGSU, presented her paper, “The Ohio Company, Medical Practice, and Westward Expansion, 1786-1794,” in a session on “Medicine, Society and Images of America in late 18th and early 19th Centuries.” It is noteworthy that her work was accepted for presentation while she is still in her first year of our graduate program.
Don C. Eberle (BGSU Ph.D., 2013) presented his paper, “‘Our Airmen Were Hoping to Raid Cologne Every Night Week After Next’: Harry ‘Bud’ Fisher, an American Censor in the British Army during the First World War,” in a session on “The American Experience in the First World War.” Dr. Eberle now teaches at Northwest State Community College in Archbold.
Chris Blubaugh (BGSU M.A., 2013) and Dustin McLochlin (BGSU Ph.D., 2014) presented papers in a panel on “19th Century Presidents: New Perspectives.” Mr. Blubaugh, now teaching at Ohio Dominican University, presented a paper on “Protecting Lincoln: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to the Nation’s Capital.” Dr. McLochlin, now Curator at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums, presented a paper on “Complicated Narratives: Rutherford B. Hayes.” Chair and commentator Dr. Kevin Kern (BGSU Ph.D., 1997) moderated a lively discussion among those who attended the session. Dr. Kern is Associate Professor at the University of Akron, author of Ohio: A History of the Buckeye State (2013), co-founder and editor of the Northeast Ohio Journal of History, and Secretary-Treasurer of the Ohio Academy of History.
During the conference award ceremony, Dr. Ruth Herndon, Professor of History at BGSU and chair of the Ohio Academy’s Junior Faculty Research Grant Award Committee, presented the dual award to BGSU faculty colleague Dr. Nicole Jackson and to Dr. Tom Weyant, who teaches at the University of Akron. Dr. Jackson’s award-winning book project is “Colonization in Reverse: Black British Family Activism in ‘Post’-Imperial England,” a study of Black British immigrants from the British Caribbean to London and other locales from the 1960s to the 1980s.
Also during the conference award ceremony, Dr. Dwayne Beggs (BGSU Ph.D, 2010) presented the Academy’s Teaching Award to Dr. Mitchell Lerner, Professor of History at Ohio State University. This was most appropriate, as Dr. Beggs, now Assistant Professor at Lourdes University, himself won the outstanding graduate teaching award from the History Department in 2010.
BGSU History students, faculty, and alumni thoroughly enjoyed seeing each other at the Ohio Academy’s conference. They renewed professional ties, exchanged news about their teaching and scholarship, and encouraged each other in their shared work of practicing history around the state.
The History Department at Bowling Green State University is pleased to announce that its annual…..
History Professional Day!
Date: Friday, April 6, 2018.
Place: BGSU Main Campusm Room 142 of the Jerome Library
Time: 8:15 AM- 1:00 PM
Registration Fee: $20
Description: History Professional Day offers area history and social studies teachers the opportunity to update their knowledge of history subject matter and recent historiographical trends in the profession. This year’s event will feature presentations on the Catalan Crisis (Dr. Douglas Forsyth), early modern Europe (Dr. Kara Barr), and a workshop on archival sources (Michelle Sweetser, MSI and head of BGSU’s Center for Archival Collections).
Schedule of Events:
|8:15-8:45 AM||Registration, Coffee|
|9:00-9:50 AM||Workshop on archival sources||Michelle Sweetser, MLIS|
|10:00-10:50 AM||Early Modern Europe||Kara Barr, Ph.D.|
|11:00-11:50 AM||Catalan Crisis||Douglas Forsyth, Ph.D.|
|12:00 PM-1:00 PM||Catered lunch and conversation|
Please register online at bgsu.edu/historyprofessionalday. The registration page has information on parking for the event. For further information, or to let us know about any dietary restriction, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you can make it!
The History Department’s Annual Trivia Night occurred last Friday, February 23. Here is a quick recap of the night’s events.
Michael Ginnetti and Phi Alpha Theta sponsored the event, with Ginnetti serving as the MC/providing commentary. Carol Singer served as official scorekeeper.
The Professor’s team, aptly named after the Aztec God of War Huitzilopochtli and inspired by Dr. Challu’s crest, entered as the heavy favorites after having decimated the competition last year. Drs. Brooks, Challu, Carver and Jackson faced off against 2 undergraduate and 2 graduate teams. Would the underdogs be able to beat the dynasty? The short answer is no.
As the night started, many students in attendance seemed to be slightly dazed from the large amount of pizza they stocked up on prior to the event. Because of this, Team Huitzilopochtli (The Professors) got out to an early 7-5-4-4-4 lead. After a quick score update, which induced an unwarranted feeling of hope for the student teams, Dr. Challu was forced to leave due to a prior commitment, but his crest featuring the Aztec God of War remained with the team. The crest seemingly inspired The Professors and they soon took a commanding lead, led by Dr. Brook’s knowledge of local history and Dr. Carver’s knowledge of all things trivia. Despite losing Dr. Challu (or because they lost Dr. Challu?), Team Huitzliopochtli easily won the event by 10+ points. Dr. Brooks, bad foot and all, proudly started dancing with the Huitzilopochtli crest, with the student teams glimmering in envy. With the event coming to a close and plenty of fun times had, Michael Ginnetti thanked all participants and commended the student teams on a hard fought battle, but in the end The Professors were simply to much to handle. Despite this, students left with a feeling of hope and professors with a feeling of dread as the same thought crossed everyone’s mind: Dynasties are destined to fall.
See you next year!
Last month members of the History Department and the Center for Archival Collections orchestrated Ohio History Day. Since 1974 the Ohio History Connection has hosted this competition among junior high and high school students in affiliation with Nation History Day. According to their website, Ohio History Day is “…an exciting program that makes history come alive for students. Students learn history by doing history. Students conduct historical research that leads to imaginative exhibits, documentaries, original performances, websites and scholarly papers” (you can read more about this competition and the Ohio History Connection at this link).
A lot of preparation goes into Ohio History Day when it is hosted at BGSU. Libby Hertenstein, rare books and metadata librarian at the Center for Archival Collections was one of many that helped to organize this annual competition. This was her second year. “The most challenging part was amount of people involved,” said Hertenstein. “We had over 260 students register [for history day]! That’s a lot of people to plan and be prepared for.” Not only did the preparation include over 200 students, but it also included organizing volunteers to judge these projects. History professionals and enthusiasts all gave their time to evaluate projects and pass students onward to the next round. Two of these judges were Dr. Rebecca Mancuso, a professor in the BGSU history department and Kaysie Harrington, a current history Graduate student.
For Dr. Mancuso, this was her first year as judge. “Throughout my own education, I never thought much about doing history competitively!” stated Mancuso. “I think the competitive element makes the event exciting and encourages students to do their best. There are competitions urging students to excel in sports, business and even art, so why not history?” Kaysie Harrington had been a judge in years previous, first hearing of the competition through fellow history student, Lizzy Hile. When asked about her favorite part of History day, Harrington said that she enjoyed seeing students becoming as excited about history as she is. “I also love that it brings together so many different levels and types of historians” stated Harrington. Dr. Mancuso judged the exhibits and websites, as well as offering to be a runoff judge for the second round. “The websites were quite impressive” when asked about her favorite project. “I honestly can’t pick a favorite.” stated Harrington who had judged a research paper, a documentary and several websites. “Both times I’ve judged I’ve been impressed with the quality of research conducted by many of the students, and the enthusiasm they have for their topics is just contagious.”
For these women involved, they all commented on how rewarding the experience was. “The kids work really hard all year and it’s wonderful to see how much they’ve learned” said Libby Hertenstein. “You won’t regret it,” said Kaysie Harrington when commenting on her experience as a judge. “It’s a wonderful day to spend a Saturday. It’s a chance for you, as a judge, to learn as well as the students.” For students interested in participating in history day, the judges had advice to give. Kaysie Harrington encourages students to “Pick a topic that will hold your interest. Think outside the box and don’t be afraid to ask challenging research questions.” Dr. Mancuso suggested that students explore the world of sources. “The more you read, the more you know. I firmly believe that reading history books and researching has enriched my own life beyond measure.”
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.
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.”