History News


Lycoming College professor receives award

Sarah Silkey, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Lycoming College, received the fourth annual Berthold Research and Information Competencies Award from the college during a presentation on Thursday, April 23 in the College Archives.

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Faculty member publishes book

Sarah L. Silkey, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Lycoming College, published the book “Black Woman Reformer: Ida B. Wells, Lynching, and Transatlantic Activism.”

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Student Wins “Best Paper” at Conference

Amanda Barrett, a Lycoming College senior with a major in history and education certification, won “Best Paper” at the Pennsylvania West Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference and Undergraduate History Forum on April 11.

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History honor society inducts new members

The Lycoming College chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the honor society for history students, inducted seven new members during a ceremony on March 18.

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Ewing Lecture to feature dean at Yale University

Lycoming College will host Jonathan Scott Holloway, Ph.D., for the 42nd annual Robert H. Ewing Lecture. Holloway’s presentation, “Whose Memories Matter? Race, Identity, and the Battle for American History,” will be held on Wednesday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m., in the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

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Sarah L. Silkey, Ph.D., speaks at Thomas T. Taber Museum

Lycoming College will host Sarah L. Silkey, Ph.D., as one of several speakers in the “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” initiative series. Silkey’s presentation, “Black Woman Reformer: Ida B. Wells and the Struggle against Racial Oppression,” will be held on Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m., in the Thomas T. Taber Museum, located at 858 West Fourth Street in Williamsport, Pa. This event is free and open to the public.

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Lycoming College hosts educator and scholar-activist Rhonda Y. Williams

Lycoming College will host Rhonda Y. Williams, Ph.D., as one of several guest speakers in the “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” initiative series. Williams’s presentation, “Rethinking Black Power and Black Politics,” will be held on Thursday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m., in the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall at the corner of Fourth and Basin streets in Williamsport. This event is free and open to the public.

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Lycoming brings Created Equal initiative to Williamsport

Starting in January, Lycoming College will be hosting a series of events as a part of the “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” initiative.

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History students conduct research at David Library of the American Revolution

Three Lycoming College history majors recently participated in a research trip to the David Library of the American Revolution in Washington Crossing, Pa., under the guidance of Christopher Pearl, Ph.D., assistant professor of history. Kerri Kearney, Shannon Sheridan and John Sibel conducted original research on topics including the influence of the French Revolution on American politics in the 1790s and the regulation movement in colonial North Carolina.

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History major develops displays for city library

Lycoming College freshman Maggie Slawson is volunteering at the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., where she creates displays about Pennsylvania’s history in the Rotunda area of the library.

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History professor co-edits and contributes to book

Cullen Chandler, Ph.D., professor and chair of the History Department at Lycoming College, has co-edited and contributed to “Discovery and Distinction in the Early Middle Ages: Studies in Honor of John J. Contreni,” a book published by Medieval Institute Publications in 2013.

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Ewing Lecture to address politics in the Civil Rights era

The Lycoming College History Department will welcome Leslie Brown, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Williams College, for the 41st annual Robert H. Ewing Lecture. Her presentation, “Power Politics in the Civil Rights Era,” is scheduled for Wednesday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall. A reception sponsored by the Presidential Inauguration Committee will follow the presentation. The event is free and open to the public.

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College receives Created Equal grant

Lycoming College has received a Created Equal grant to show the film set, “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” along with a programming stipend from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The grant is a part of the Bridging Cultures initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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New graduate publishes book about Union County lumber company

Jonathan Bastian, a recent graduate of Lycoming College, has published his first book, “Lumbering: A Way of Life at Pardee,” which is based on a lumbering empire in Central Pennsylvania during the 19th century.

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Annual Ewing Lecture to focus on freedom

The Lycoming College History Department will welcome Dr. Edward Ayers, president of the University of Richmond, for the 40th annual Ewing Lecture. His presentation, “Where Did Freedom Come From,” is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

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