Another award for History majors!

Congratulations (once again) to History major Talia Erris, whose “Five Feet of Feminine Anarchy: Press Depictions of Emma Goldman From 1892-1901” won Eastern’s 2016 Library Research Award in the Junior/Senior category.

Senior History major Talia Erris (L) and her project advisor, Dr Caitlin Carenen

Senior History major Talia Erris (L) and her project advisor, Dr Caitlin Carenen (R)

Turns out History majors have to use the library after all.

Group photo of Library Research Award winners, faculty and assorted dignitaries

Group photo of Library Research Award winners, faculty and assorted dignitaries

Congratulations and Adieu

This past Monday the History department hosted its annual, year-end Graduating Seniors Reception. There was crab cake, “Chinese pirogies,” and a cake even made a (brief) appearance.

Awards were distributed to our seniors for their hard work and accomplishments, and much merriment was had.

Graduating Senior Awardees

AWARDEES (Left to right, back row):
Michael Lisitano (David M. Roth Scholarship)
Lauren Grenier (Outstanding History/American Studies Major)
Sabreena Croteau (Outstanding History Major)
Emily Komornik (Outstanding History Major)
Sara Dean (Ann and Kenneth Tucker Scholarship)
Richard Astley (Outstanding History/Social Science Major)
Front row:
Melissa Rogers (Student Marshall)
Talia Erris (Outstanding History Major)


Other awards given out include those for the year’s best seminar papers:
Talia Erris for “ ‘Five Feet of Feminine Anarchy:’ Press Depictions of Emma Goldman, 1892-1901” (Dr. Carenen, Fall 2015).
Jessica Suplee for “Margaret Randall and Alma Guillermoprieto: Revolutionary Commitment and the Cuban Experience” (Fall 2015, Dr. Meznar).

The awards for the Spring 2016 senior seminars will be announced on the blog in the future.

Congratulations to all, and good luck. And don’t forget to keep in touch!

Now it’s official

On April 6, Sabreena Croteau and Quanece Williams received their Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Awards. They are both dual majors in history and political science, and plan to continue their education in graduate school. Sabreena hopes to study international relations and comparative politics and work in the U.S. Foreign Service as a public diplomacy officer. Quanece will be heading for law school and hopes to become a lawyer representing interests of the underprivileged in our society.

Sabreena Croteau (L) and Quanece Williams (R)

Sabreena Croteau (L) and Quanece Williams (R)

Twelve students from Central, Eastern, Southern, and Western were recognized with Barnard awards. They all gave speeches praising the benefits of their education at the four CSU universities. In their speeches, Sabreena and Quanece thanked the faculty of the History and Political Science departments for their support and inspiration.

We are very proud of Sabreena Croteau and Quanece Williams and wish them great success in their future endeavors!



Wadsworth Internship opportunity

The Wadsworth-Atheneum Museum of Art has a Diversity Internship opportunity this summer. For details on the position and the application (due Monday, May 2), see here.

As always, if there’s an opportunity for an internship for credit, you need to go see Dr. Carenen first, or Dr. Kirchmann if it’s at the Windham Textile Museum.

Museum Opportunity: Ebenezer Avery House

The Ebenezer Avery House served as a makeshift hospital after the Battle of Groton Heights on September 6, 1781, and is an important piece of Groton’s history, as well as the national history of the American Revolution.  Located on the grounds of Fort Griswold, the house preserves and exhibits the history of both the Avery family and the battle.

We are looking for interested individuals for our tour guide position for the upcoming season. Please pass this along to graduate or undergraduate students looking for some summer work. The tour guide is a paid position at the Ebenezer Avery House in Groton, CT. We are also looking for people willing to volunteer while we are open. Even committing just one day per week (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) would be a great help! We are looking for some fresh eyes to help us get our goals accomplished! It is a great way to gain some experience in the museum field!

Tour Guide, Ebenezer Avery House
Paid Position
Start Date: May 27, 2016

The Tour Guide is responsible for providing access to the Ebenezer Avery House through the use of informational tours. The Tour Guide should be prepared to assist in basic housekeeping. Responsibilities also include making sure all policies and procedures are being followed, including security procedures for the grounds and collections. The tour guide is in charge of keeping track of gift shop sales, and additional help may be needed for special events. The Guide may be required to work alone at times.

The Ebenezer Avery House is located in Groton, CT, and is open Memorial Day through Labor Day, Friday through Sunday 12-4pm.

Qualifications: The Tour Guide should be engaging, able to recall facts and accurately explain the history of the site, communicate well with visitors of all ages, and effectively problem solve if a guest has special needs. The Tour Guide should also be able to politely and firmly ask visitors to follow the rules while on tour, and correct any behavior that may be detrimental to the House and collection.

For those interested, especially if you want to pursue an internship possibility, contact Dr. Caitlin Carenen. One out our recent History alums Kristina Oschmann is currently working there as a curator.