Recent History Excursion

On August 30, 2023, Dr. Jason McDonald’s HIST 3085 Global World War I class visited the National World War I Memorial and Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. The field trip examined artifacts from the First World War and the ways in which the conflict is preserved in historical memory.

Judicial Archives Project Interns Visit State Archives in Jeff City

Truman students Bryce LewinLucah McCulloughAustin Newton and Mary Wilkinson visited the Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City, Missouri, Nov. 4. This field trip is part of the Judicial Archives Project internship they are completing this semester under the supervision of Mary McIntosh, local records field archivist, and Jason McDonaldassistant professor of history.

Pictured left to right: Bryce Lewin, Lucah McCullough, Mary McIntosh, Austin Newton and Mary Wilkinson in the microfilm storage room.

2022 Outstanding History student

Amaris Garber was the History department’s outstanding undergraduate student this year.Amaris Garber



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.”

picture of students

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.