NWilsonSabbaticalOn Wednesday, February 3rd at 4:15 p.m., history professor Dr. Norman Wilson will deliver a talk encompassing his sabbatical research. His presentation is titled ‘Recreating Who We Were: Modernism in the Postmodern Academy. Come join us for an interesting discussion of modernism and post-modernism in the academy.

Save the date for National History Day 2016 edition. Here’s an update from Cathay Snyder on how you can be involved:

Yes, it is that time of year again! The 2016 National History Day in Pennsylvania Regional Contest for the South Central Pennsylvania Region will take place on Saturday, February 27th at Messiah College.  Mark your calendars! This year’s theme is Exploration, Encounter & Exchange in History.

Last year we had almost 370 participants from grades 6-12 converge on campus with their history exhibits, documentaries, papers, websites, and performances to compete for a spot in the state competition in May at Millersville University.

I hope that I can count on your support as judges!  New this year is an online registration form. The form can be found here: http://attend.com/NHD16

Also new this year: Exhibit judging will take place this year at the High Center and the awards ceremony will be held in Parmer Hall.

Interested in interning at the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission? I just received this notice that the PHMC is now accepting applications for its 2016 Keystone Summer Internship Program.

Here are the details. If you are interested, you can use  this application to apply.

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) offers a variety of internship opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing a career in public history.  PHMC, an agency of state government, is the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


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

Application is due February 12.

I just received a request for students to apply for a paid internship in DC this summer with the 4th Congressional District Internship Association. Here’s a little about the request:

Taking place from May through August, the internship program will allow several area college students a chance to learn about the realities of public service through full-time internships with Congressman Scott Perry (PA-4).  Each intern spends five weeks in Washington, D.C. assisting with legislative projects, and spends five weeks assisting with constituent casework in one of Congressman Perry’s district offices in Gettysburg, Wormleysburg and York.

Any undergraduate college student who is a resident of the 4th Congressional District of Pennsylvania and has completed their freshman year of undergraduate studies by the beginning of the internship is eligible to apply.

Application is due January 15. If interested, contact Dr. Pettegrew right away for additional information.

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.



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