Missouri History Conference

On 16 March 2018, Rebecca Ohmer and Travis Rolstead, history majors who graduated from Truman in 2017, presented papers at the Missouri Conference on History in Jefferson City. Ohmer, who is currently completing an MAE degree at Truman, delivered a presentation entitled “The ‘Attentive Superintendent’: Harry H. Laughlin’s Leadership of the Kirksville Public School System, 1905–1907.” She was able to complete her research for this paper with a grant from the Office of Student Research. Rolstead’s paper, “‘Backward and Diseased’: American Newspapers’ Perceptions of Arabs and Muslims, 1945–1950,” was an outgrowth of research conducted on the TruScholars Program in the summer of 2017. Both papers formed part of a panel entitled “Identity Formation and Projection in Historical Perspective,” which was chaired by Dr. Jason McDonald of the Department of History at Truman.

Picture shows (left to right): Travis Rolstead, Rebecca Ohmer, and Dr. Jason McDonald.