Right off, let’s start out being honest about the usual view of historians and history in our society. Perhaps the mention of history and historians brings to mind images of such things as:
high school history textbooks
test and quizzes requiring you to learn the names and dates associated with events, many of which you have since forgotten
old papers and maps
the saying “those who do not understand the past, are doomed to repeat it”
people who were perhaps unwise when choosing their college majors
The list goes on. And I, the trained historian and archivist, have encounter each and every one of the items or situations listed above, along with a few others not listed above. This might prompt others to ask if I am simply someone who enjoys boredom, or is there another side to history and historians that has not been shared with the general population? While I will not pretend to be the most adventure seeking individual, I think the idea that history isn’t very useful or interesting is more of a public relations issue that an actual fact.
Over the next couple of months I plan to share the many ways the skills of historians and historical methods can be applied and how these application can be used for purposes other than producing lists of dates and names that are often times quickly forgotten.
In the meantime check out the resources listed below to learn more about the field of history and the work of historians from the American Historical Association (AHA).
IT/Campus Services with Spice Gourds – who spiced up our lives during the week leading up to Halloween.
Congrats, IT/Campus Services! All the entries were incredible this year. After being here at Wheelock for several pumpkin decorating contests, I am always impressed by how creative everyone is with their decorations and appreciate that our participants are willing to take the time to bring some mid-autumn cheer into the Library.
Thank you to everyone who entered: Dot Hibbard, the Writing Center, Financial Services, Student Life, IT/Campus Services, and especially Teach Learn Create (TLC), our first and only student organization to join in. Many of you have asked who made which entries. Here are the other 5 entries with the names of their decorators.
The Writing Center
Teach Learn Create (TLC)
Thank you, also, to those who stopped by the Library to vote. We’re happy that we got so many ballots back. This contest could not have happened without you either! There was a raffle for our voters and the winner of that raffle is Geraldine Metogho. Congrats!