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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

Eva Laun-Smith’21

Eva Laun-Smith lands prestigious Fulbright Student Award

Eva Laun-Smith’21 is one of two Beloit graduates to receive a Fulbright Student Award this year. A history major and decorated track and field and volleyball athlete, Eva graduated with highest honors from Beloit. 

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 The North Atlantic Music Ensemble performs at C-Haus in 2017 (Photo: Ellen Joyce)

Preserving the History of a Beloit Institution

Beloit College’s infamous bar, Coughy House or C-Haus, has a special place in Beloit’s history. Since it is temporarily closed, students are trying to keep that history alive for students in the future.

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Lauren Woolf ’21 had the opportunity to visit museums and galleries in Budapest during a semester abroad.

From Beloit to Budapest to Graduate School

Lauren Woolf ‘21 is braving the next chapter of her life by entering a graduate program in the Art Institute of Chicago for art administration and policy, and modern and contemporary art history. Lauren looks forward to breaking colonized museum policies and leading the next generation of museum professionals to change the field.

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Evenings with Eva: Mississippi Tutoring Center

Join Eva as she takes you on a brief tour of the Mississippi Tutoring Center, which operated in Cleveland, Mississippi, from in the late 1960s.

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   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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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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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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