Rita Davenport, a UB history major who completes the program this semester, is finishing on a high note with an internship at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.
Her main project at the BMI is documenting a backlog of historical objects. Recently, she has been using a database called Past Perfect to catalog products from Domino Sugar. As we all know, Domino Sugar has played a huge role in Baltimore’s industry.
Recently, the museum received a donation of four larges boxes full of Domino Sugar products such as boxes, coffee creamer, cinnamon shakers, coffee mugs, plush animals, sugar cubes, water bottles, and hats. Rita gave each of these objects a number, then labeled them with the number somewhere on the bottom(so it doesn’t show on display). She used a special archival pen. Rita says, “I photograph all angles of each object. I then catalog each object with their number into our database… I upload a photo for each object and describe the object itself and its condition.” In that way, the material history of Domino Sugar can be preserved for future scholars.
Rita finished the four boxes on Wednesday, February 7. This was her first completed task as an intern and she says she is “thrilled to finally be working in the field.” In the fall, Rita heads to a graduate program in public history.
The annual LEHS “Knowledge At Work” alumni event took place on October 23, 2017 in Dr. Nix’s HIST 295 evening class. This year, we had three alumni from the division come back to UB to talk to history program majors about their work experiences since graduation.
Mr. Michael Bealefeld (History ’13) talked about his master’s program experience at UMBC, which was funded by a Madison Foundation Fellowship that he won as a UB student. Since finishing the UMBC program, he became a history teacher at the Cambridge School in Baltimore County.
Ms. Lyndsay Bates was our representative from the Legal and Ethical Studies master’s program here in the Division of Legal, Ethical and Historical Studies (LEST ’13). She is currently earning her doctorate in Public Administration at UB, and she has already presented her research on structural inequality in Baltimore to a professional audience of scholars.
Our third panelist was Sgt. Audrey McCoy, who graduated from the UB History program as Audrey Hayes in 2015. A recipient of the Keith L. Ware Military Print Journalist of the Year Award (2017), Audrey works as a photojournalist for the United States Army Reserve. Her article, “Remembering Rosie,” based in part on her History program research, was featured on the U.S. Army Web site homepage. Read her article here.
All three of our panelists talked about how their LEHS degree prepared them for their next steps, and how the research, writing, and communication skills they developed here gave them a competitive advantage. The history majors in the audience had the opportunity to ask Mike, Lyndsay, and Audrey their own questions about parleying their degrees into a variety of careers.
Special thanks to Dean Spencer, the History program faculty, and Cindy Meyers for helping make the event a fun night of useful insights and lots of laughs.
Ashley Tippie introduces visitors to Mt. Clare’s parlor where portraits are draped for the mourning period.
University of Baltimore history major Ashley Tippie has created a new exhibit at Mt. Clare Museum House in Southwest Baltimore City. “Mt. Clare in Mourning” explores the ways that English colonists and enslaved African Americans marked the deaths of their loved ones in the 18th century. In the course of her research, Ashley and museum director Rose Gallenberger found a mourning ring that had been hidden in a ring box for generations.
In preparing the house-wide exhibit, Ashley researched the mourning jewelry in Mt. Clare’s collection.
On October 7 Ashley led a tour she had developed that focussed on the material culture of death and dying in the colonial period. The exhibit runs from October 9 to October 29.
Ashley is pursuing an undergraduate history degree with a specialization in public history. She is currently enrolled in Professor Josh Davis’ course, Introduction to Public History. The Baltimore area provides many opportunities for internships at museums, historic houses, and archives.
Professor Elizabeth Nix went on Ashley’s specialized tour on Saturday, October 7. Museum director Rose Gallenberger added to the interpretation.
Mr. Marshall Odell (History ’15) has used his UB undergraduate degree, plus experience working at Langsdale Library, to get hired at the storied Nimitz Library at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. No graduate degree required!
Archival photo from the USNA Web site: https://www.usna.edu/Library/sca/ve-archives/academics.php
Odell says the combination of his history major and his work experience was “what really made the difference” in his application for the Library Technician position. Making more than he did in his previous career in banking, Odell now can immerse himself in American military history, saying, “there is a treasure trove” of history at the library that could keep him busy exploring the collections for decades.
Marshall’s UB history professors, Langsdale Library colleagues, and friends wish him the best of luck with his new full-time job with the Navy!
Click on this link to see what our conference building looks like from Mt. Royal Ave: William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center
A Selection of Hotels in the Neighborhood:
There are also many large hotels in the Inner Harbor area (south of campus), just a short Uber or bus ride away. The Charm City Circulator bus travels up Charles St. for free. Take the Purple route from the Inner Harbor to Biddle St. or Penn Station.
Information about the regional conference, taking place at UB on Saturday, April 22, 2017
Click to download the Conference Program!
To register for the 2017 Mid-Atlantic conference, please send a check for $30 per individual, made out to the University of Baltimore (write in memo note: 2017 Phi Alpha Theta Conference) to the following mailing address:
University of Baltimore
Attn: Edward Allen, Finance Manager
1420 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Please write your institution name in the return address on your envelope. Once you have mailed your registration payment, email the UB chapter organizer, Dr. Nicole Hudgins, at email@example.com, so that she can form an attendee list.
Getting to Campus:
UB is located between the Mt. Vernon and Station North neighborhoods in Baltimore City, between Penn Station (to the north) and the Maryland Institute College of Art (to the west). The campus is split by Mt. Royal Ave., but the conference will take place in just one building, the Business Center (#9 on the Campus Map).
UB Area Map
UB Campus Map
Parking at UB
Make a Weekend of It! A Selection of Tourism Web Guides:
BaltimoreEats: Mt. Vernon
The dazzling Walters Museum of Art
The breathtaking Peabody Library
The History faculty in the Division of Legal, Ethical and Historical Studies at UB is looking forward to meeting visiting P.A.T. faculty and students!
Apologies for the length of time since our last blog post! The historians in the Division of Legal, Ethical and Historical Studies and their students have been busy, busy, busy with activity.
Most recently, on March 2nd, 2016, students in Prof. Yi’s History of U.S. Foreign Relations class took a field trip to the Capitol Hill to witness a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on “Economic and Geopolitical Implications of Low Oil and Gas Prices.” It was a rewarding time for students to see how Congress set a foreign policy agenda and worked to accomplish it. The trip was made possible by the generous support of Helen T. Helen P. Denit Honors program which encouraged enhanced learning experience for students.
Students in “The History of U.S. Foreign Relations” at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Students in the Introduction to Public History did not have to go far to see an example of best public history practice this week. One floor up from their classroom in the Learning Commons, students got a close look at an exhibit created by UB history professor Nicole Hudgins and Langsdale librarian Ben Blake who combed Langsdale’s Special Collections for materials on the history of Baltimore’s Cultural Arts program. The exhibit shows that you can achieve professional results on a tight budget.
Dr. Nix has been listening intently to public opinion about Baltimore’s four Confederate monuments on city property since she was appointed to a commission made up of members of the Commission of the Arts and the Commission of Historical and Architectural Preservation. The Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument, pictured above, is within walking distance of UB on Mt. Royal Avenue.
Roger B. Taney sits on Mt. Vernon Square.
The Confederate Women of Maryland monument is at the corner of University Parkway and Charles Street.
On the evening of December 15 the commission heard public testimony for three hours at City Hall. Suggestions ranged from keeping them just as they are to throwing them in the Inner Harbor. Some thought they should be supplemented by artwork that provides a different narrative of the Civil War.
Some suggested moving the Lee Jackson statue that now stands across from the Baltimore Museum of Art to Chancellorsville since the statue commemorates the moments just before that battle.
Here’s a news story about the public testimony:
Public Commentary on December 15, 2015
Learn more about the Commission here:
Add your ideas about what should happen to the statues.
UB History faculty heard that Miguel Martinez (History, 2013) made it through the “gold bar” stage of training to attain the rank of Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Miguel says that he left for his Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Lee (VA) just two weeks after graduating with his history degree and that “it’s been a whirlwind since.” After he graduated from BOLC he headed to Fort Benning (GA) to take his first platoon. Miguel has also been to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin (CA) as an attachment to another brigade in his division, and is now running a motor pool for the Cavalry squadron.
Miguel was a great History student at UB, and we know he is putting his global knowledge and skills to use as an officer in the Army.
Fort Lee in Virginia is the site of the U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum. Recruitment poster in the museum’s collection.