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Student Work

History students engage in archival research, conduct public history projects, and create digital exhibits to share the results of their work.

Students can take classes, conduct independent research, or work as research assistants for faculty projects. Some examples of exceptional recent work are presented on this page.

History Harvest Website

A class we were especially proud of in Spring, 2019  is the Digital History Harvest: Black Migration to Beloit, Wisconsin, 1910-1970. We invited migrants and their descendants to a community event in March 2019 at a local church. Community members brought artifacts and photos and told the story of their own or their family member’s migration from the South to work in Beloit’s factories. Students digitally captured the artifacts that community members brought to the harvest. After the Harvest, students learned a computer program (Omeka) and made a digital exhibit that will be housed on the College and Beloit Historical Society websites.

Student-designed exhibits about Beloit College’s history

In Spring, 2018, a class called “Creating Digital Archives” researched topics in Beloit College’s long history and created online exhibits about their topics.


Joanna Furlan ’20 in Ecuador.

A recent alum returns to her study abroad host country to teach

This week the Office of International Education sat down with Joanna Furlan, a December 2020 graduate, to talk about all things Ecuador, from studying abroad to working and living abroad there. In the interview, she shares how she fell in love with Ecuador and what a typical day in her life looks like now.

Jonathan Dudley’20 talks with Professor Beatrice McKenzie and classmate Joanna Furlan’20

The Gospel According to Jonathan

As choir director for Gospel Express, a summer camp for local elementary and middle schoolers, Jonathan Dudley ’20 fused his love of gospel music with his research on the evolution of black power movements. During the two-week camp, students learned and performed a play focused on Beloit’s role in the mass movement of African Americans from the South.

Morgan Lippert, ’21

Summer Research Project on Eighteenth-century Jamaica

Morgan Lippert, ’21 writes:

“The summer after my first year at Beloit, I had the privilege of being a research assistant for Beloit College assistant professor of history Dr. Katherine Johnston.

Nathan Marklin volunteered at a migrant camp in southern Mexico.

Volunteering with a migrant camp

For a month in 2018, Nathan Marklin (philosophy and history major and Spanish minor) volunteered with LA72, a migrant camp in southern Mexico. Made possible by a Weissberg Human Rights Grant, the experience included teaching English to a group of fourteen and working in an infirmary, registration, and communications office.


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