The Swan Foundation Scholarship is a $5,000 fellowship awarded to a graduate student with interests in public history. This scholarship is administered by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) at Rutgers-Camden. This year, the Swan Fellowship has been awarded to graduate student Will Krakower. We extend a hearty congratulations to you, Will!
Welcome back, students! Poor Richard’s Junto, the Graduate History Club on the Rutgers-Camden campus, wishes you only the best on your first day of classes, and presents to you their September/October Newsletter as a comfort for the back-to-school stress you may be feeling. Visit the club’s Facebook page for routine updates and posts!
Congratulations to McKenna Britton, one of our graduate students, for developing and installing her exhibit, titled “The Frosh Enter the Fray: Rutgers-Camden Freshmen of the 1950s and 1960s,” in the Paul Robeson Library.
The exhibit pulls excerpts from freshman handbooks, editions of the campus newspaper The Gleaner, and images from Rutgers-Camden yearbooks in order to introduce students to the rules and regulations that the freshmen of decades past had to abide by—and the various ways they rebelled against the upperclassmen.
Stop by the library to learn what the first few weeks of the fall semester looked like for freshmen in the mid-twentieth century, figure out what a “dink” is, and feel relieved that freshmen no longer need to collect 30 signatures from fellow classmates a day. The exhibit will be on display in the lobby of the library until October 14, 2018.
The History Department at Rutgers-Camden extends a hearty “thank you!” to the graduate students who represented the department at the annual Rutgers Day event earlier this spring.
According to Samantha Muller, one of the students who headed the department’s participation in the event, the day brought overwhelming success for the History department.
Muller shares that over half of the graduate student cohort was involved in the planning and/or execution of the Rutgers Day activities. The History Department participants partnered with The Arch Street Project, The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, and two other Rutgers departments: Chemistry and Psychology. Five different public history activities were offered by the volunteers, including: Colonial Kids Games, Symbols in US History (The Liberty Bell and The Eagle), Weaving Crafts and Children at Work, Practice Your John Hancock (Fun with Historical Documents), and Gotcha the Grad Students (using the Encyclopedia to find out more about Philadelphia history)!
Muller was proud to share that over 125 alumni and their families stopped to participate in the History table’s activities.
In addition, there were quite a few newly admitted students who stopped by the table and asked questions about the History Program. “All had a great time learning more about history and what historians do,” Muller says.
Photos courtesy of Samantha Muller.
Congratulations are in order for Rutgers History Graduate Matt Ward, who has been published in a printed media source.
Ward’s article is featured in The Picatinny Voice, the official newspaper of Picatinny Arsenal. He writes of the building’s namesake in an article titled: Picatinny history: Who was Lt. Col. Francis H. Parker? Read his article on page 3 of the paper here. Congratulations, Matt! We wish you continued success.
Ward’s article is mentioned on the cover page of the publication, at the top left: Picatinny’s First Commander.