The Career & Graduate Expo will take place in Brubaker Auditorium on Monday, October 26 from 11 AM-2:30 PM. Over 120 exhibitors will be in attendance. The Expo is an excellent opportunity for students and alum to explore a variety of career options and learn about internships, jobs, and graduate programs. The complete Employer Guidebook is attached here as a PDF. This is a good event for all students from first year to senior to attend.


Messiah College’s official induction into Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society) will be on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 5:00 pm in the Boyer Atrium. A reception will follow the induction ceremony. All friends of History are encouraged to attend and welcome the new class.

Please contact your adviser if you have questions or interest in joining this History Honor Society. Membership is for life. Membership forms can be found here.  Applications are due by Friday, November 13th.

Membership requirements are at least 12 semester hours in History (4 courses) with a GPA of at least 3.1 in History and an overall GPA of 3.0 or better. Membership is not limited to History majors.

If you plan to study abroad in fall 2016, be sure to apply now. The pre-approval deadline for students is December 1, 2015. Applications can be found at the Intercultural Office website. The Intercultural Office will notify students of their Messiah approval by December 15, 2015.


The first seven weeks of the fall semester have flown by here here in the history department at Messiah College. I hope to write more about some of the exciting events happening this semester, but only have a moment to post a link to an update about our recent work on the Digital Harrisburg Project, which has continued to develop in exciting ways in recent months. For a full overview of our historical work in Harrisburg, read this post. I’ve reposted the opening below.

1. Digital History Course

Student blog posts at this site over the last few weeks have showcased the work of another Digital History class currently underway. As I noted the last time I taught it, the Digital History class is designed to introduce students to “digital history”–the study and practice of history in the digital age–through discussions, labs, and projects. While our group of students is smaller this semester, the reader may expect a series of posts from students every other week for the next two months. Some will explore the concept, theory, and practice of digital history; others will focus on data analysis and the three main projects of the course. These include:

City Beautiful: The Campaign for Beauty. Students are now developing a section of the City Beautiful Omeka site originally created by students the last time I taught this class in Spring 2014. This semester we are focusing on the campaign for public improvements that occurred in the city between Mira Lloyd Dock’s speech to the Board of Trade in December 1900 and the vote for a new mayor and the bond issue in February 1902. We have collected stories, photographs, and news items from newspaper databases for The Patriot (Harrisburg) and The Harrisburg Telegraph to better understand the reformers involved in the movement (including their residences and networks), the venues and places used for promoting the bond issue, and the areas of the city where campaigning was most active. We are trying to understand how the reformers sought to convince the population to vote on a bond issue to take civic debt (and higher taxes) in order to implement reform. Students will soon be adding short overviews to the Omeka site explaining how campaign events related to the space of the city. This map below, for example, shows the the residences (red) of some of the principal reformers who drove the campaign for improvement in 1901-1902 against the background of how the different city precincts voted for the bond issue to support improvements. The darker the background, the greater the support for improvement. (The first number in the map below indicates the ward of the city, the second number the precinct, e.g., 7.6 = Ward 7, Precinct 6).

This map shows the residences (red) of some of the principal reformers in the improvement campaign of 1901-1902 against the background of how the city voted in February 1902 for the bond issue to support improvements.

City Social: The Vote for Beauty. The second project will introduce students to the creation, use, and analysis of spreadsheets and databases. The last time I taught the class, students digitized half of the federal census records for Harrisburg in 1900. That project is now completed (see below), and our students this semester will develop two new data sets: property values for 1900 and the city’s immigrant populations in 1900 and 1910. Property values will show in fine detail how wealth was distributed across the city at the turn of the twentieth century and influenced the vote on the bond issue in February 1902. As the map below illustrates, the city was split evenly between northern precincts, which were marginally in favor or even outright against the bond issue, and southern and eastern precincts that voted largely, if not overwhelmingly, in its favor. Inputting and visualizing property values across the city will allow us to determine whether that variable contributed to how precincts voted.

Immigrant data will highlight the global connections of the city and highlight the networks and processes by which the small group of immigrants (5% of the population) settled across Harrisburg.


Read the rest of the post here.

Collections Internship at The Hershey Story
Spring 2016
The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue located in Hershey, Pennsylvania seeks a qualified intern candidate to work with the collection staff on several ongoing projects.

The intern will experience a wide range of collections responsibilities including object handling and packing, object numbering systems and documentation, preventative conservation techniques, loan policy and procedures and maintaining collections management software. A successful candidate will work approximately 20 hours per week for 10-15 weeks. Internship hours must be completed during normal operating hours (M-F 8:30-5:00). Internships are unpaid but may be completed for college credit.

Internship Project:
Intern will be responsible for rehousing The Hershey Story’s textile collection which contains over 300 objects. The project includes properly and efficiently housing the collection using acid-free storage materials and recording location information into a central database. Additionally, the Intern will evaluate each catalog record and take photographs of each artifact for inclusion in the museum’s new on-line database.

Examples of other duties:
·        Assist staff with exhibition planning and maintenance of current exhibits.
·        Assist staff with documenting off-site collections.
·        Assist staff with processing new acquisitions and loans.

·        Graduate degree candidate in Museum Studies, American Studies, History, Anthropology or similarly related field. Exceptional undergraduate Junior or Senior candidates will also be considered.
·        Basic knowledge of standard museum curatorial practice is a plus
·        Interest to pursue a career in the museum or archives fields
·        Excellent written and oral communication skills and legible handwriting
·        Detail oriented and ability to work independently
·        Ability to lift 25 pounds and climb ladders
·        Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Word and Excel; experience with database software. Experience with PastPerfect Museum Software is a plus.
·        Valid driver’s license and transportation
·        Multitasking and ability to prioritize project needs

To apply:
Please send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Valerie Seiber, Collections Manager, The Hershey Story, 63 W. Chocolate Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033; or email to vseiber@hersheystory.org with “2016 Internship” in the subject line. Internship is for the spring 2016 semester and must be completed between January and June 2016.
Applications must be received by November 13, 2015.

Students — Please check out this valuable internship opportunity.

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is now accepting applications from any student who is interested in The 2016 Keystone Summer Internship Program.  Please visit our website at www.phmc.state.pa.us  and follow these steps below:

  1. Click to the top right hand side and click “about”
  2. Scroll down, click on “join”
  3. The middle of the page click on “internships”
  4. Click on “Keystone Summer Internships”
  5. Towards the right you will see a link “Keystone Internship Application”

*Please fill out the application and other paperwork required.  Students can email the application to

ra-phmcinterns@pa.gov  or mail it to

Internship Programs
Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

300 North Street
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120-0024


Our spring semester ended as it usually does in a mad rush of final exams, senior honors presentations, end-of-year festivities, and graduation. I had hoped to post at least some photos of these events but never found the free moment (you can find some of the highlights at the department’s FB page). In fact, right after graduation, I departed with a group of nine students of mixed majors (History especially, but also Engineering and Education) to the island of Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean for several weeks of cross-cultural immersion and archaeological investigation. We’re wrapping up our final week here on the island and are celebrating both a productive archaeological season and a great time together.

Students have blogged about their archaeological and cultural experiences at the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological undergraduate blog. Some of their insightful posts include:

Check them out if you have a moment. From my end, we have all had a great experience here. We carried out a good week of Ground-Penetrating Radar at a late Roman coastal town and a Hellenistic acropolis site. We catalogued, photographed, and studied hundreds of objects from our previous excavations. We conducted a day of archaeological survey at the Hellenistic site. And we’ve traveled to places that have caused us to pause at the great antiquity of the civilizations in Cyprus. Most interestingly, students have used their free time to talk to people, engage in conversations, and hear the stories of vacationers, immigrants, and locals here in Larnaca.

I include below some of the images from our time on the island. Check in at the undergraduate blog for additional student perspectives over the next week.

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