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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.
Pennsylvania West Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference and Undergraduate History Forum was held at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. Westminster College's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society, hosted over 60 student-presenters from Pennsylvania and West Virginia colleges and universities. There were three panel sessions at the conference, each session covering topics such as “Local History,” “Post War Europe,” “Woman’s History” and “Presidential Action.”
Barrett’s paper, “Cosmological Transformation in the Delaware Tribe,” advised by Christopher Pearl, assistant professor of history at Lycoming College, was judged on the “Indigenous Americans” panel at the conference.
Following the panel sessions, Jason Wilson, historian for the Pennsylvania Capitol Preservation Committee, gave a keynote address, "Perspectives on Public History and Historic Preservation.” An awards ceremony followed Wilson’s presentation.