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It is with great sadness that we inform everyone of the passing of Paul Helmreich.
Paul was the solid center of the history department for decades, a great teacher and the most humane of advisers and colleagues.
The personality of the department reflects his personality more than any other individual.
He will be sorely missed.

It is with great sadness that we inform everyone of the passing of Paul Helmreich.
Paul was the solid center of the history department for decades, a great teacher and the most humane of advisers and colleagues.
The personality of the department reflects his personality more than any other individual.
He will be sorely missed.


It is with heavy hearts that we must tell you of the passing of Travis Crosby. Travis died a few days before Christmas, at home in Northampton.
Travis taught in the History Department from 1967 to 2005. We could list his numerous accomplishments at Wheaton, what he did as department chair, as a teacher, an adviser, a thesis director, and on. But a man is more than the sum of his professional pieces, and Travis was finally a wonderful colleague, a good friend to many, and a warm yet demanding teacher. He epitomized the phrase, "a gentleman and a scholar."

His son Tim has published a longer remembrance, which you can read here.

R.I.P. Travis


Please join the department in welcoming Shenglan Li, our new Asian historian!
We are very excited to have her join us this fall.

pbs.org 12/18/2016

Birth of a Movement | Film about Controversy Around D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation | Independent Lens | PBS

Hi all! I am going to be a few documentaries. The information for the first is down below. The second is an 8 episode documentary series that will air on the National Geographic channel starting in March. The name of that series is, Origins. Read below for info for the one that will air on Independent lens on PBS on February 6: "My name is Susan Gray. We just completed a film for PBS entitled Birth of a Movement: The Battle Against America’s First Blockbuster, about William Monroe Trotter’s fight against DW Griffith’s epic film, The Birth of a Nation, produced by Northern Light Productions in Boston and based on a book by former Boston Globe reporter Dick Lehr that was released last year. Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Sam Pollard are our Executive Producers, and Spike Lee, Reginald Hudlin, and DJ Spooky are in the film. Michael Curry plays William Monroe Trotter in the film. I am one of the directors with Bestor Cram, and our company, Northern Light Productions, has been making quality programming in Boston for 30 years.
This is a Boston Story about a great civil rights leader who has been lost to history. It is also a film about the end of the first U.S. period of reconstruction and the battle against the turning tide of racism in this country waged by a newspaperman who was considered a radical in his day. With the election of Donald Trump, we are entering what Professor Gates calls “the end of the second U.S. reconstruction.” This film is timely and provides an opportunity to discuss the lessons from past history and how to move forward given the challenges ahead. We would like the important Boston leaders to be there, and would be honored if you and the young men of MBK would attend the premier.
Birth of a Movement will be broadcast on PBS/ Independent Lens, on February 6th, http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/birth-of-a-movement/
We are holding the premier in the Somerville Theater on January 30th, a Monday, at 6:30pm, so that the Boston public can be the first to see the film.
There will be a panel of experts from the film available for a discussion following the screening. Henry Louis Gates Jr, Vincent Brown from Harvard, Dolita Cathcart from Wheaton College and Robert Bellinger from Suffolk University will all be on the panel. Barbara Lewis will be the moderator.
I would be happy to send you an email flyer or postcards to help advertise this event if there are others you think would benefit from the screening. Below are more helpful links:
Here is a link to the first four minutes of the film: https://vimeo.com/185049431/4ea71a86bb
and a recent article: http://stylemagazine.com/news/2016/dec/05/pbs-air-documentary-william-monroe-trotter-black-n/
I look forward to hearing back at your earliest convenience and we all hope you will be able to join us.
Very Best Regards,

pbs.org Birth of a Movement: How William M. Trotter, editor of a Boston black newspaper, helped launch protest in 1915 to ban D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation.


The History Department is extremely pleased to announce that Dana Polanichka has been awarded tenure!!!!


If you are in the area please join us at the annual
Majors' Party
Thurtsday, April 21, 5;30-7:30
The Davis Spencer Cafe in the new Science Center.

It would be great to see you!!!


Prof. Anni Baker is up for promotion to Full Professor. If you were a student of hers and would like to write in support of her promotion, please send a letter to:
Provost Linda Eisenmann
Wheaton College
Norrton, MA 02766

or via e-mail to:
[email protected]

wheatoncollege.edu 10/20/2015

Looking at 1968 – News & Events | Wheaton College

Alex Bloom Talks About 1968 and His FYS

wheatoncollege.edu The world changed in 1968, and Professor of History Alex Bloom is detailing what happened, what it meant at the time and what it means for us today, both for his First Year Seminar 1968: The Year The World Exploded.


The Helmreich Symposium Lecture
Prof. Christian Appy, UMass, Amherst
"American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity"
Thursday, March 26. Watson Lecture. 4.00p


The Fall 2014 Helmreich Symposum

"Raising the Dead (In the Archives):
A History of Law and Medicine in the Colonial World"

Trais Pearson
Wheaton Mellon Post-Doc in Asian History
Thursday, Novemebr 13, 5.00-6.00
Knapton Lecture
Open to the public
Reception and Refreshments to follow


And Amy Barlow seeks ideas for evening programming about History at WC.


And JBS invites students to participate in review of the History program at Wheaton College.


Professor P talks t-shirts.


Professor Bloom tells us History is the coolest major. :D


Dessert by Professor P.


Buzz of conversation, taste of Mexico. Food from El Azteca.


Anni Baker with our new Humanities Liaison, Amy Barlow.


Whose hair is that?


And other stuff....


Talikn' football.


Mmmm good!


Hot hors d'oevres!


Checking out t-shirt ideas.


Relaxing before Senior Dinner!


Ready for the Senior Dinner!


All prepped for the Senior Dinner.


The Prodigal Daughter Returns!!!

briansandberg.wordpress.com 04/02/2013

Rachel Maddow on the Importance of History

What we all knew all along...

briansandberg.wordpress.com Rachel Maddow recently spoke at Stanford University. According to the Stanford Report, "Asked by students what kind of major she looks for in a successful job candidate, Rachel Maddow, the popular ...


Dolita was granted tenure yesterday!!!

onlinecolleges.net 07/05/2012

The 50 Best American History Blogs - Online Colleges

kewl: http://www.onlinecolleges.net/2012/07/02/the-50-best-american-history-blogs/

onlinecolleges.net Before lighting up the barbecue this Independence Day, read up on what makes this country both great on these American history blogs.


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The Majors' Party, Spring 2012 05/22/2012

The Majors' Party, Spring 2012


The History Department's Annual Major's Party will be held on Thursday, April 26, 5-7 p.m., in Haas Concourse, Watson.


Historians Against Slavery

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It is a path-breaking abolitionist NGO that offers enormous programmatic support for developing abolitionism on our campuses and in our community. It is a 21st century incarnation of the antislavery societies so active in the 19th century

It offers historians unprecedented opportunities to share their scholarship and teaching with on-the-ground activists and to present/publish it for much expanded audiences.

It offers students faculty, public historians and HAS members generally multiple opportunities for direct involvement— locally, nationally and abroad.





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