1918 Christmas at MARCH, Led By Grad Students

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities, also known as MARCH, is housed in a 19th century historic row-home. This year marks the third year of the center’s residency in the Cooper Street home, and the third year of holiday decorating. This December, Dr. Charlene Mires handed over leadership of the decorating project to Public History graduate student William Krakower, who volunteered vivaciously for the position of lead-decorator.

 William, along with fellow graduate students and other folks who assisted, sent the MARCH home back in time to 1918, the theme of the decorations being “1918: Christmas at Peace,” in honor of the conclusion of World War I. “The plan was for the house to feature traditional 1918 Christmas decorations, and other accoutrements referencing the return of the American Expeditionary Force, the Children’s Year Campaign, and the beginning of the Influenza Epidemic in the US,” Will shared with his team. “Coincidentally, these tie in very well with the University’s theme for their decorating contest: ‘Home for the Holidays.'” 

The fully decorated MARCH house made it to the final round of judging for the University’s contest, falling in with two other finalists.Chancellor Haddon visited the house today for another look at the 1918 theme; the results of the contest will be announced on Friday, December 14, at the Chancellor’s holiday party in the Campus Center, from 2:30-5:30pm. Our fingers are crossed for the MARCH house – awesome job putting this together, William! We are always so proud of the various activities our graduate students are involved in. 

Student Spotlight: Amy Osterhout

Graduate student Amy Osterhout has only been working with the Old Baldy Civil War Roundtable for a few months, but already her involvement with the organization has proven beneficial. Osterhout manages the group’s social media presence, namely their Facebook page, and uses snippets from the Old Baldy monthly newsletter, promotes the group’s monthly meetings, and posts ritually throughout the day, making sure that those that follow the page stay up-to-date and informed on the latest Old Baldy news. 

Since starting with the group in late August, Amy has helped to increase the number of “likes” on the Facebook page from 915 to roughly 970. She hopes that the group can reach her personal goal of 1,000 likes soon – with her help and dedication, surely itwill happen! Provide Amy with an extra boost by visiting the Old Baldy Facebook page, and stay up-to-date with all things Civil War. 

Keep up the great work, Amy! 

 

Grad Student’s New Exhibit in the Robeson Library!

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. 

History Department’s SUCCESS at Rutgers Day!

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.