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Congratulations to Yosef Kuperman

Congratulations to Yosef Kuperman who is graduating in May 2011 and has just been accepted into the University of Baltimore Law School on full scholarship.

Congratulations to James Furgol

Congratulations to James Furgol, M.A. in Historical Studies, May 2011. James is accepted into the Ph.D. program in Public Policy at UMBC and has a full Graduate Research Assistantship at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Center of HIV Prevention, funded through the Maryland Institute of Policy Analysis and Research.

Congratulations to Bethanee Bemis

Congratulations to Bethenaee Bemis who will graduate with an M.A. in Historical Studies in May, 2011. Bethanee is the Inventory Contractor for the Military History Collections Project at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C..

Congratulations to Daniel Burge

Congratulations to Daniel Burge, M.A. in Historical Studies, May 2011. Daniel will attend the Ph.D. program in History at the University of Alabama on a full departmental fellowship. departmental fellowship.

Congratulations to Sara Patenaude

Congratulations to Sara Patenaude who is graduating with an M.A. in Historical Studies. Sara has won a Graduate Teaching Assistantship for the Ph.D. program in History at Georgia State University, in Atlanta.

Congratulations to James Risk

Congratulations to James Risk, M.A. in Historical Studies 2011, upon his acceptance into the doctoral program in History at the University of South Carolina, with funding. A terrific accomplishment.

UMBC History Class on C-SPAN American History TV

American History TV broadcast UMBC's HIST 405/710 "American Youth Activism" on March 26th. Take a look and you might see someone you know

Congratulations to Bailey Ball

Congratulations to Bailey Ball, a graduate student in Historical Studies. Bailey just accepted a position at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. as a
Museum Technician in the Collections and Exhibitions.

Graduate Student Colleen Walter

Congratulations to Colleen Walter who is working for the Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park.

Public History Students Help Heal Wounds in Baltimore

Dr. Denise Meringolo partnered with public historian Mary Rizzo for a wonderful class in Fall 2010. Mary wrote about the experience on the National Council for Public History blog.
The project focused on Baltimore's Hampden neighborhood. Denise and her students provided an important bridge for healing some of the neighborhoods open wounds through oral history. The class was partially funded with a CAHSS Kauffman Entreprenership Grant.
More heritage, hon? Community history and gentrification in Baltimore

Congratulations to everyone involved in the project.

Two jobs at MD State Archives

Two new job announcements posted on the Maryland State Archives' website. Please see:

These positions are funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant for work in the Legacy of Slavery division of the Archives' Research Department. We are currently accepting applications from any interested individual. I would imagine the History Department may have some students completing their work for their B.A. or M.A. soon who may wish to consider working at the Archives in one of these positions.

Kristin Schenning in Baltimore Sun

M.A. student, Kristin Schenning was quoted in the November 13, 2010 Baltimore Sun in an article about the recognition of the city's first superintendent of schools, The Rev. John Nelson McJilton. McJilton created the first schools for black children in Baltimore's public schools, and lost his job over the issue in 1868.,0,2098422.story

Peter Bunten and Sara Patenaude to present at the 2011 National Council on Public History Meeting

Peter Bunten Sara Patenaude will to present at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Public History. Peter's work raises important questions about Civil War commemorators in the Northern portion of the United States. Sara's work focuses on the
desegregation of public space. Congratulations!

Dr. Robert K. Webb Lecture Online

This year's Webb lecture of 10/27/2010 is available online: Enjoy.

Free Pizza! History Student Council Meeting, October 20

The UMBC HSC's next meeting is Wednesday, October 20th, from noon-1:00 pm
Admin 711
Free Pizza
All students welcome!

Call for Contributions: History Trails

The Historical Society of Baltimore County's inclusive and semi-scholarly quarterly, History Trails, is in need of contributions. We welcome any research and writing that relates to one of Maryland's oldest counties, Baltimore County. While our publication often receives contributions from amateur and general interest historians studying hyper-local topics, we would like to expand its scope if possible. In the effort to stay true to its inclusive nature, while introducing readers to more formal historic interpretations and arguments, contributions from trained history students would be a welcome addition.

Ideal work could make social, cultural, economic, and/or political historic arguments, or perhaps compare and contrast Baltimore County events to other counties (Edward Ayer's book, In the Presence of Mine Enemies, is an excellent example of what county history can become). Or, perhaps, articles could simply place county history into the context of national narratives.

We'll work with contributors to find relevant photographs to include with their articles using our collections and our partnership with Baltimore County Public Library's Legacy Web, as well as provide advice and feedback for improving articles prior to print.

Two examples of the publication:

Formal solicitation:
"The Historical Society of Baltimore County is seeking submissions to its quarterly publication, History Trails. Whether you simply have a general interest in history, are an independent scholar, or an academically trained historian, the society encourages you to consider submitting an article for possible inclusion.

While History Trails' subject matter has traditionally focused almost entirely on hyper-local concerns, we are interested in expanding its scope into new areas. For example, where one article might focus on a single historic building, person, or event in the county, others may develop and defend a historic argument, compare and contrast Baltimore County topics to other locales, or tie seemingly confined local topics to larger events.

Articles abiding by the Chicago Manual of Style Documentary-Note (or Humanities) system will be given priority. The Chicago style is chosen not for arbitrary reasons, but because it is the agreed upon format for historical publications, and because it maximizes the quantity of information that evidentiary citations provide the reader. A convenient, and abbreviated, guide to Chicago style citations may be found in Kate L. Turabian's, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (University of Chicago Press,2007).

Contributors should submit both a digital and hard copy of their article to the address below.

Attn: History Trails Editor
Historical Society of Baltimore County
9811 Van Buren Lane
Cockeysville, MD 21030

Alum, Alice Donahue Exhibit

Open House introducing the new gallery
exhibit by M.A. alum, Alice Donahue. Please drop in
anytime between 3 and 7pm on Thursday, October 14, 2010

National Electronics Museum
1745 W. Nursery Rd.
Linthicum, MD 21090

Prof. Robert Webb featured in UMBC Magazine

The Fall 2010 UMBC Magazine honors Prof. Robert Webb, Emeritus Prof. Webb will give this year's Webb Lecture on October 27, 2010, 4:00 pm, A. O. Kuhn Library Gallery. Free and open to the public.

National Museum of American History

Internships Opportunities at the National Museum of American History. Plan now for Spring 2011. Academic credit available for undergraduate and graduate students. For information about academic credit, go to:

Abigail Bratcher, Undergraduate Researcher

History major, Abigail Bratcher is featured on the UMBC Undergraduate Research Website Congratulations!

Congratulations to the May, 2010 M.A. Graduates

Congratulations to the May, 2010 M.A. in Historical Studies Graduates:
Nina Gradia, Daniel Kielbasa, Christine Powers, Joseph Rosalski, Wayne Rose, Ben Scarborough, William Vincent, and Faith Wassink (and Dorothy Kenny successfully defended for an August, 2010 graduation date).

History Undergraduate Research Awards for 2010-11

Congratulations to Colin Leach, Ashley Dyjack, and Abigail Bratcher and Sarah Sexton on winning Undergraduate Research Awardds for 2010-11. Each will be honored at this year's URACD from noon-1:00 pm in the University Center room 312.

Congratulations to the December, 2009 M.A. Graduates

Donna Gray, "Dispatches from the Front Line: The Brixton Riots and the Restructuring of Black British Identity"

Kevin Kelly, "The Maryland State Colonization Society and Maryland’s Ambivalence to Slavery"

Nicole Paterson, "A Comparative Analysis of Idalion’s Olive Presses and Their Relationship to Idalion’s Economic and Religions Environment"

Annual Holiday Party, Wed., December 9th

Join us for the Department of History's Annual Holiday Party, Wed., December 9th noon-1:30 pm. 7th Floor Administration Building. See you there!

M.A. Student Barb Morris Wins Travel Grant

The Graduate Student Association awards Barb Morris a $1,000 Travel grant for her thesis project, "Comparative Analysis of Race Relations at Bethlehem Steel, Sparrows Point Maryland during the Civil Rights Movement" exploiting the DVD “Struggles in Steel” as well as conducting oral history of retired steelworkers. She will be interviewing steelworkers from Bethlehem Steel in Sparrows Point. Barb explains, "I aim is to illustrate how minorities and unions struggled to play a significant role in the ever-changing dynamics of the steel industry. I plan to accomplish this through various methodologies including oral history. I will frame my questions of the working conditions at Beth Steel in reference to the civil rights movement and the assassination of Martin Luther King which will allow the readers of my thesis to contextualize what blacks actually encountered as they tried to gain upward mobility in their place of employment at a period when the country was facing a revolution in race relations. I will be using these funds to travel to Penn State Library as they house some of the archives from Bethlehem Steel. I will also be using these funds to give a small token of appreciation to the retirees for allowing me to interview them."

Research Grant for Graduate Students

I applied to GSA for research grant to get a role of microfilm copied that can only be found in Boston, Massachusetts! I was approved for the grant WITHIN a day! I have placed my order in with the archives, and it has been received and is being processed! I hope that many other Graduate History Students can take advantage of their research/travel grants.

Faith Wassink

History Student Council Meeting, Sept. 23

The UMBC History Student Council's first meeting is noon-1:00 pm, Wednesday, September 23, Administration Building, Room 711.

Come for pizza, historical discussion, and meet other students interested in history. Open to all majors.
Contact Marissa Dalgetty if you have any questions: We hope to see you there!

2009 History Student Prize Winners

Congratulations to the Department's Undergraduate Student Honors and Awards Winners for 2009:

John Bell-Clifford Maas Prize for Academic Excellence:
Teresa Foster, Kristina Gaddy, Amber Baldwin, and Ryan McCormick

Joseph D. Reese Memorial Prize for Best Essay on a Historical Topic:
David Mumford

History Department Achievement Award:
Arthur "Tripp" Murphy III


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