Archives News – September 2014

By September, the fall semester is in full swing. Most of our staff members teach Public History courses as well as attending to their duties in Special Collections & Archives. Here’s what SC&A staff members are teaching this semester:

  • Dawne Dewey is teaching Introduction to Public History (HST 7500) and Local History (HST 7700);
  • John Armstrong and Chris Wydman are team-teaching Introduction to Archives (HST 7600);
  • Gino Pasi is teaching Historic Site Interpretation (HST 7820); and
  • Chris Wydman supervised a weekend field study trip to Columbus.

On September 5, a welcome party for new and returning Public History students and instructors was held at Rockafield House.

On September 6, Dawne and several Public History students represented Special Collections & Archives at the Great Wright Brothers Aero Carnival.

Public History students staffing our table at the Great Wright Brothers Aero Carnival while visitors check out our exhibit, Sept. 6, 2014

Public History students staffing our table at the Great Wright Brothers Aero Carnival while visitors check out our exhibit, Sept. 6, 2014

(You can see additional photos from the Aero Carnival in our Facebook album.)

And speaking of Facebook…September 6 was also our one-year Facebook anniversary! We first published our Special Collections & Archives Facebook page on September 6, 2013. As of September 30, 2014, we’ve had 205 fans “like” our page, and we have reached over 50,000 people with Facebook.

Special Collections & Archives Facebook page, Oct. 2014

Special Collections & Archives Facebook page, Oct. 2014

If you are one of our Facebook fans, THANK YOU for following us! (If you are not, please take a moment to check out our Facebook page and consider liking it.) You might also be interested in our Twitter feed @WrightStArchive.

On September 25, historian David McCullough visited Special Collections & Archives to conduct research on the Wright Brothers for his upcoming book, Sky High.

SCA staff members with David McCullough, 25 Sept. 2014

SCA staff members with David McCullough, L-R: Toni Vanden Bos, John Armstrong, David McCullough, Dawne Dewey, Lisa Rickey, Gino Pasi, 25 Sept. 2014.

Also in September:

  • We announced recently digitized materials in the Aircraft Photo Gallery and Alumni Newsletters collection on CORE Scholar.
  • We continued seeking Wright Factory Families.
  • Gino Pasi gave a tour of our collections & services to an upper level history class, and John Armstrong gave a similar tour to a UH 1010 class.
  • Dawne Dewey gave presentations to members of Graceworks and to the Otterbein University Women’s Club of Dayton.

And in our August news post, with all the other goings-on, we missed one bit of that month’s news: Archivist John Armstrong received one of the University Libraries’ Staff Achievement & Recognition (StAR) awards. Congratulations & great job, John! (Read more about the StAR awards & see a photo of John with his award on the University Libraries’ Dunbar Wire blog.)

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You’re Invited: Public History Alumni Symposium

You’re invited! There’s still time to register for the Wright State University Public History 40th Anniversary Alumni Symposium coming up on Friday, October 17, 2014.

Public History at Wright State University is celebrating its 40th anniversary with an alumni symposium and reception on Friday, October 17, 2014, in the Apollo Room of the Student Union. Sessions will feature stories from the founding of Public History at WSU and alumni presenters speaking about public history in the community, in museums and in archives. (Follow the conversation on Twitter at #PH40WSU.)

In 1974, before “public history” became a recognizable term among historical scholars, the Wright State University History Department perceived this professional trend and created graduate curriculum in Historical and Archival Administration. As of May 2014, our graduates number over 250. Public History at WSU is one of the oldest and most respected programs in the country, attracting students nationwide. WSU Public History graduates work in major universities, corporations, historical societies, government record centers, national museums and archives, museums, libraries and at National Park sites across the country and around the world. Special Collections and Archives in the Wright State University Libraries serves as the learning laboratory for the program. The Archives along with the history community in Dayton and the Miami Valley create a vast network of learning opportunities for graduate students in the field of Public History.

View the full symposium and reception schedule.

Registration is required and includes the symposium, buffet lunch, and reception. The cost is $30, or $15 for Students. Parking is free in the Visitors Lot right in front of the Student Union.

Registration closes on October 13th.

If you are an alumni of the program, please contact us to update your information for the alumni directory. Or, if you are a prospective student, contact us to learn more about special opportunities for you at the event.

The schedule of events is below, or you may view the Symposium schedule as a printable PDF.

Symposium schedule

Symposium schedule (view as PDF)

We hope to see you there!




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Limited Hours on Oct. 17

Special Collections & Archives will be open for limited hours on Friday, October 17, 2014.

We will open at 8:30 a.m. as usual but will close at 12:00 noon, so that staff may attend the Wright State Public History Alumni Symposium & 40th Anniversary celebration taking place on that day.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

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