Digital History Lab now operational

It’s taken a few years, but Eastern’s History department is proud to finally have our very own Digital History Lab. What’s a Digital History Lab, you ask? It’s a room with computers and specialized software reserved for History faculty and majors, it’s located in Webb 408, and it will be the centerpiece for the department’s efforts to incorporate more digital tools into our curriculum. We already offered the first section of HIS 386: Introduction to Digital History last fall, and will make it a regularly-scheduled course starting in Fall 2019. In the meantime, you can look forward to an increasing number of fancy maps and visualizations in your courses. So stay tuned.

A YouTube video showing the lab in action can be seen here.

So what’s next?

On Wednesday, 7 May, the History department held its annual Seniors Graduation reception and Awards banquet. Full details on the award winners will be forthcoming, but in the meantime, we wish all our grads success in their next phase of life.



On November 18, 2014, the Department of History celebrated the 125th anniversary of Eastern with a luncheon event in Betty Tippton Room. The invited guests included President Nunez and Provost Free who both spoke about the significance of history and the accomplishments of the History faculty and students. Many History seniors and members of Phi Alpha Theta also attended. All attendees partook in an excellent Victorian lunch, and reviewed a brief history of our department researched by Professor Ann Higginbotham, and a gallery of achievements by history alumni, prepared by Professor Caitlin Carenen.

Professor Emeritus Emil Pocock provided an interesting slide show, which included postcards of historic Eastern Connecticut from his private collection. Professor David Frye introduced a special historical quiz; the coveted prize for the quiz winner was an authentic antique spool from the collection of the Windham Textile and History Museum. Professor Barbara Tucker presented a talk about Eastern’s past and present. But the most attractive part of the program was a humorous dramatic skit performed with gusto by the members of the History Club, advised by Professor Roland Clark, who treated the audience to their rendition of the murder of Julius Caesar. Professor Anna Kirchmann, Chair of the Department, thanked all those who contributed to the festivities.