Students John Jones (BA History/BS Linguistics, 2022), Cameron Massieon (BA History, 2024), Kendall Tarantino (BA Anthropology, 2023) and Eric Allison (BS History, 2024) represented Truman at the Missouri Conference on History on March 17, 2022, in Jefferson City, Missouri, by participating in a panel entitled “Public History Point of Entry: Student Reflections on Internships in Museums and Archives.”

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The papers addressed and reflected upon aspects of internships that the students completed in the summer of 2021. In “Promoting Engagement with Exhibits,” John Jones discussed his work at the Special Collections Department of the Duane G. Meyer Library in Springfield, Missouri. Cameron Massieon’s presentation, “Navigating a Cataloging System,” examined his internship at the St. Joseph Museums, which was funded by a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council. Kendall Tarantino spoke on the topic of “Social Media and Museum Work,” based on her internship at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Eric Allison’s internship at the Field House Museum in St. Louis was covered in his presentation “Managing Educational Uncertainty in a Global Pandemic.” The panel was moderated by Dr. Jason McDonald, Assistant Professor, Department of History.

Dr. McDonald also participated in the panel “Nativism and Extremism in Middle America.” His paper, entitled “‘America First, Last and Forever’: The Second Ku Klux Klan in Kirksville, Missouri,” examined the origins, character, and decline of Adair County Klan No. 132 in the 1920s.


Dr McDonald speaks on a University of Texas, Austin panel

On Tuesday October 19, 2021, Dr. Jason McDonald (Assistant Professor, Department of History) featured in “Prop A in the Context of Race and Policing in Austin, Texas: An Urgent Forum.” This event, sponsored by the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, brought together a panel of experts on the history of racism in Austin, Texas. Dr. McDonald spoke on the subject of race and policing as covered in his book Racial Dynamics in Early Twentieth-Century Austin, Texas. You can watch the discussion and get more information on Dr. McDonald’s book by clicking on the above links.


Students Shannon Fetzner (BA History), Nick Pruett (BA History), and Alexandra Miller (BA History) represented Truman at the Missouri Conference on History on March 11, 2021, by participating in a panel entitled “Regulating Class, Race and Ethnicity in Early Twentieth-Century America.” Due to the pandemic, the conference took place online this year. The panel was chaired by Dr. Jason McDonald, Department of History. The presentations delivered by Fetzner—“Pauperized and Degenerated: Eugenicists’ Perceptions of Native Americans in the Early Twentieth Century”—and Pruett—“‘Gentlemen with Few Peers’: Harry Laughlin’s Working Relationships with Select Eugenics Movement Leaders”—were both based on projects first started on a history course with Dr. McDonald in fall 2019. In summer 2020, Pruett completed the research for his paper thanks to support from the Office of Student Research’s Grants-in-Aid of Scholarship and Research program. Miller’s paper, entitled “‘The Making of Useful Citizens’: Social Engineering in Kansas City Parks, 1893–1923,” was based on archival research completed during summer 2020 as part of the TruScholars Summer Undergraduate Research Program sponsored by the Office of Student Research.

Library staff and faculty rock!!

A huge shout out from the History department faculty to our fabulous librarians in Pickler Memorial. They do terrific work every day, but went above and beyond during the spring 2020 semester!!

Missouri History Conference

Students Ben Smythe (MAE history), Alexandra Miller (BA history) and Tucker Broadbooks (BA history) represented Truman at the Missouri Conference on History in St. Louis, March 12, by participating in a panel entitled “New Perspectives on the Presidency of Harry Truman.” The panel was chaired by Jason McDonaldassistant professor of history. Smythe presented a paper entitled “Defying Defeat: Harry Truman and the Presidential Election of 1948,” which was based on research undertaken on a graduate course with McDonald in spring 2019. The presentations delivered by Miller—“Truman the Historian: An Investigation of Foreign Policy in Israel”—and Broadbooks—“Truman and Hoover: Relations between the White House and the FBI during the McCarthy Era”—were both based on archival research completed by them during internships at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Mo., in summer 2019.student presenter

Historical Society Writing Workshop

Hello Historians!

I know it’s getting to the last of the semester so everyone is busy with papers and studying, but luckily for you Historical Society is here to help! This Thursday we will be cohosting a writing workshop with the Writing Center. I hope you can all come down to VH 1428 at 6:30 to join us for this writing and editing bonanza! If you need help, if you can help, or if you simply want to be a room with all that writing energy, then walk on down to Violette and join in the fun!

As a reminder, this Thursday we will also be holding our elections so if you are a full member of the Society and you want to run for office or want a say in who wins office then you have another good reason to be there.

See you soon!