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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.

Stories

   Studies on Legacies of Slavery: History 310 at Beloit College is inspired by the NY Times “1619: Legacies of Slavery” project.

Legacies of Slavery

Inspired by the NY Times “1619: Legacies of Slavery” project, students in HIST 310 created a website showcasing their own research on various present-day legacies of slavery.

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Joanna Furlan ’20 in Ecuador.

From Student to Teacher

Joanna Furlan talks about all things Ecuador, from studying abroad to working and living abroad there.

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Meg Kulikowski ’21 tabling at the Capitol in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.

Historical Education for All!

Meg Kulikowski ’21 worked at the Historical Oak View Country Park where she educated children and adults alike about North Carolina’s agricultural heritage via educational programs and exhibits.

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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.

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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.

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Eva Laun-Smith chats with Mr. Walter Knight

History Harvest Website is Live

The Digital History Harvest class offered in Spring 2019 asked students to publicize and prepare for a community event that invited members of Beloit’s African American community to share their stories and bring photos and artifacts related to the Great Migration.

During that period of American history (from approximately 1915-1970), thousands of Blacks migrated from the South to seek employment in northern cities. Using the stories and the images gathered on that day, students have designed maps and websites that document the experiences of those who came to Beloit.

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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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