Tuesday, March 24, 2015

History Class Workshop

The History Club is continuing its workshops on how to do well in a history class this Thursday at 7 p.m. in the lower seminar room in Friedsam Library.  If you are taking a history class and want help with a paper, test, or other assignment stop by and get some feedback and help.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

History Club Meeting is Tomorrow!

The History Club will be meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Plassmann Lounge to discuss the spring trip and work on a Trivia Night game to be hosted for the entire campus community. All are welcome!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Game On

Join us March 20 in the basement of Friedsam Library where we'll be playing board and/or tabletop games starting at 2:30.  Since  we're going to be playing board games, it wouldn't be a complete experience without ordering pizza.  So stop by, role some dice and eat a slice.  This is a relaxed event, so if you can't be there at 2:30 that's okay.  We'll have a several games going so folks can hop in or head out as need be.

Why are we doing this?

This semester Leah Brownstein, Dennis Frank, and I have been exploring the academic side of games and how games can be applied in the classroom and history.  We're planning how students enrolled in History 206:  Intro to Public History (Fall 2015) can build games themed around the collection of the New York 154th Regiment.

There is a long history (get it?) of historically themed games.  Oregon Trail anyone?  Of course, video games have exploded and with that the historical trend has continued.  Assassin's Creed?  In recent years board games have made a comeback (more fun to play as a group in person?).  Gamification has also emerged out of primarily video games, which is using game elements for non-game purposes.  Even if you haven't heard of gamification you have seen it, almost anytime you get on the web and see a leader board, badge, patch, or similar thing.  LinkedInn has them.  Obviously, Facebook not only uses gamification but also has a lot of games available.  What I haven't figured out is how Angry Birds relates to history.  Yet.

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Civil War: Regional, Regimental and Personal Experiences

On August 1st, 2015, St. Bonaventure University will host a conference on the Civil War to commemorate the opening of The Mark H. Dunkelman and Michael J. Winey Collection of the 154th New York Volunteer Infantry. In the spirit of the 154th New York and those interested in preserving its memory, the conference organizers hope to attract presentations that explore the Civil War home front (especially New York and Pennsylvania), the experience of soldiers on the personal and regimental levels, and the intersection of popular and academic treatments of the war. Somewhat uniquely, the conference will be held concurrently with the formal opening of the collection and the Annual Reunion of the Descendants of the 154th New York Volunteers. Reunion attendees and the general public are welcome to register for the conference.

About the Collection:

The Mark H. Dunkelman and Michael J. Winey Collection of the 154th New York Volunteer Infantry includes approximately 25 cubic feet of documentary material as well as numerous prints, objects, and artifacts related to the regiment. It includes correspondence related to Dunkelman's writing on the regiment as well as primary source documents (letters, diaries, official papers) and photographs relating to the individual members of the 154th.

Submission Guidelines:

Paper submissions should include a brief abstract (200 words) plus a CV or resume delivered by April 15, 2015. Graduate and undergraduate student submissions are welcome. Please send questions and submissions to archives@sbu.edu. Acceptance notices will be sent out by May 1st.

The conference fee will be $125.00 which includes the conferences sessions, lunch and keynote address, the 154th Descendants Reunion, a panel discussion and a barbeque dinner with period entertainment. Details regarding conference activities may be found at http://web.sbu.edu/friedsam/archives/civil_war_conference.html

Housing is available on campus including breakfast in our dining hall.

Conference registration will be available by March 15th.

About St. Bonaventure University: Founded in 1858 in the interest of promoting Catholic-Franciscan education, St. Bonaventure University continues to pursue academic excellence through personalized attention that reflects the Franciscan tradition of valuing human relationships.

History Major Daniel Leopold on His Internship at the Campus Archive

After visiting places like Gettysburg and studying it for most of my academic life, the Civil War has proven to be both a provocative and extremely interesting topic for me. There are so many layers to uncover about each battle, political move, and social change that sprang from the time period that learning about it now is just as much about preserving history as it is about dissecting the far-reaching influence it has on current issues.

That’s why I was ecstatic to find out I would be able to participate in an internship at St. Bonaventure dedicated to a collection based on the Civil War. The collection focuses on the 154th New York Volunteer Infantry, a regiment of the Union army that drafted in Cattaraugus County. The 154th fought in critical battles during the Civil War, including Chancellorsville and Gettysburg.

The compilers of the collection, Mark H. Dunkelman and Michael J. Winey, contacted over 1,200 of the descendants members of the 154th to acquire all the records, which were donated to Bonaventure after Winey’s passing.

The internship has let me look through records assembled for soldiers of the regiment, which includes personal letters, diary entries, and photographs of the soldiers and their personal effects. These files provide a unique and personal way of observing a war that effected both individuals and society. The letters written by soldiers served as communication between them and loved ones, and now serve us as introspective windows to the complexities of the Civil War.

After only a month spent with the collection, I’m already impressed at how much I’ve learned about one of America’s watershed topics. I can’t wait to discover more and more as I keep rummaging through records and connecting personal stories with the immense political and social changes that stemmed from the Civil War.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What Do you Do with a BA in History?

For those of you who haven't seen it yet, in 2010, the American Historical Association published a blog post to give history majors a sense of some of the job opportunities available to them. Graduating seniors might find it particularly useful. Go here to read it!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Internship Opportunity for History Majors

The National History Center in Washington, DC offers internships for history majors or minors.

Please visit their internship page for more information. You can find here!