Tess Evans Receives Hill Award

Tess EvansHistory major (European emphasis) Tess Evans received the Robert L. Hill Distinguished Senior Award, given to a senior in the top 2% of their class who has pursued a challenging and rigorous academic curriculum while being involved with campus and/or community projects.

Tess also made the dean's list each semester and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Alpha Theta, and Phi Sigma Iota. She has presented papers at several conferences across Virginia and North Carolina.

She will attend James Madison University for a 2-year master's degree program where she hopes to continue research she began at Lynchburg College. "I want to write about how African-American religious practices influenced white women before the Civil War," she has said. Her ultimate goal is to become a professor at a small college.

History Spring Social held on April 23, 2012

History socialStudents, faculty, and staff gathered in the backyard of the History House on a beautiful spring day to celebrate a successful school year. Everyone enjoyed burgers, hot dogs, and all the trimmings.

Dr. Phil Stump, who retired last year after 31 years of teaching history at LC, returned to freeze home-made ice cream.

The event was a good chance for all to relax and enjoy one another's company before the hectic end to the semester.

Students Present at VSSA Meeting

History students at the VSSA conferenceSeveral LC students recently presented their original research at the Virginia Social Science Association (VSSA) annual meeting, held March 24 at Old Dominion University in Norfolk.

Ben Paull and Sarah Turner presented research from their senior theses. Ben’s paper, “Steps to Japanese Internment,” and Sarah’s paper, “The Influence of the Women’s Liberation Movement upon Advertisements within Women’s Magazines,” were very well-received.

Hannah Myers presented, “The Definition of Childhood in early 1930s England,” and Kelly Childress presented, “The Georgia Home front: the War the Women Fought.” Both of these papers came from their work in History 200.

Finally, we had one MA candidate present, Britney Bowes, who shared her paper,  “Wealth, Family Ties and Horses: How Equine Bloodlines Helped Cement Social Status among Virginia Elite.”


History Department Names George C. Marshall Undergraduate Scholars

The History Department is pleased to announce that Emily Pfeiffer '12 and Natalie Armel '12 are representing Lynchburg College as George C. Marshall Undergraduate Scholars.

The George C. Marshall Research Library in Lexington, Va. affords research and writing opportunities in 20th-century (1898-1960) diplomatic/military history and political affairs. The purpose of the Marshall Scholarship program is to give undergraduate students at selected Virginia and Mid-Atlantic colleges an opportunity to do research and writing using primary materials.

Students may utilize the resources and collections of the Marshall Research Library, as well as those of other archival repositories, colleges, and universities. The scholar may choose any subject involving 20th-century diplomatic and military history or political affairs from 1898 to 1960 - the approximate dates of George C. Marshall's public service.

The Marshall Scholarship includes a $250 cash award. The paper judged most outstanding will receive the Larry I. Bland Scholars Prize and an additional $500 prize.

Emily's project is entitled "Women at War: The Motivating Factors of the Women who Joined the Women's Army Corps in World War II."

Natalie's project, "The Road to Integration: French and West German policies, and U.S. Influence leading to the Economic Coal and Steel Community," also benefits from the unique archival collections offered by the Marshall Foundation.

LC Grads Stand Out at Convention

The annual Southern Historical Association Convention was held October 27-30, 2011, in Baltimore, Md. Sessions were devoted to the fields of America, European, and Latin American history with the purpose of promoting interest and research in southern history.

Recent Lynchburg College history graduates made three of only nine presentations in the Phi Alpha Theta sessions. Ashley Schmidt '10 (history), currently studying at James Madison University, spoke on "Reputation and Interracial Interaction: Free Black Life in Bedford County, Virginia, 1800-1850." John Marks '10 (history and Spanish), a graduate student at Rice University, presented "Honesty, Industry, and Integrity: Free Blacks in Harris County, Texas, 1838-1863." Both of these papers were part of the Phi Alpha Theta-American session.

In the Phi Alpha Theta-European and World session, Jonathan Shipe '08 (BA history) '10 (MA history), now enrolled in the Florida State University, presented a paper titled "Love and Consequences: Divorce among the British Military, 1848-1858."

LC faculty in attendance at the convention stated that these three students were organized, well-prepared, and confident. Even Ira Berlin, the author of "Slaves without Masters," the definitive work on free Blacks in the South, stated afterwards that he was impressed with the caliber of the LC grads' papers.

Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of Undergraduate Scholarship (MARCUS)

Dr. Crim with students at the MARCUS conferenceDr. Brian Crim
and history majors Tessa Evans and Ashley Knowles attended the 13th Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of Undergraduate Scholarship (MARCUS) at Sweet Briar College on October 8, 2011. Tessa presented "New Light in Bedford: The History of Organized Church in Bedford County from 1750-1850," while Ashley spoke on "A Case Study of the Metcalf Divorce of 1859-1860 in Bedford County, Virginia."

MARCUS is devoted exclusively to the research and scholarly endeavors of undergraduate students. Students from all academic disciplines are invited to participate and to submit abstracts.