The Town Crier

Comings and Goings:

We regret to announce that Nicholas Creary, our African historian, has accepted a new position at Ohio University in Athens, OH. He found it impossible to turn down the opportunity to work with a cross-discipline coterie of Africanists at one of the top African Studies programs in the country. A popular teacher in the department and an activist on campus in promoting African initiatives, Dr. Creary and his family will be missed by faculty and students alike.

We are very happy to welcome two new colleagues – Irene Guenther and Michael Donoghue – to the History Department faculty. They both bring a wealth of expertise, experience, and enthusiasm, which will enhance the department’s reputation for teaching and research.

Dr. Guenther who received her doctorate from the University of Texas, specializes in gender, culture and social history in early modern Germany. She has already published an award winning book, Nazi "Chic"? Fashioning Women in the Third Reich (Oxford: Berg, 2004), and has received several awards for outstanding teaching from Houston Community College, where she has taught for the past five years.

Dr. Donoghue received his doctorate from the University of Connecticut, where he specialized in race, culture and national identity in modern Latin American History, and U.S.-Latin American Relations. He has published a number of articles on cultural conflicts within the Panama Canal zone, and has taught courses in Latin American History, U.S. History, and American Foreign Relations for the past six years at the University of Connecticut and the University of Rhode Island.

We are pleased to announce that two of our Visiting Assistant Professors – Robert Baker and Greg Milton – have accepted new tenure-track positions. Although the department is sorry to lose these fine teachers, we wish them the best of luck in their new permanent appointments.

Dr. Baker has been teaching the American survey and upper division courses in law and slavery for the past two year. He will be continuing his professional career at Georgia State University.

Since his arrival two years ago, Dr. Milton has been teaching the Western Civilization survey and upper division courses in medieval Europe. Next fall, he will be teaching at the warm and sunny University of South Florida.

Congratulations to:

Fr. Steve Avella and Dr. Alan Ball, who were promoted to full professor this fall.

Dr. Athan Theoharis, who will receive the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin’s Eunice Z. Edgar Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his extensive research and publication on the FBI and CIA.

Jodi Bartley Eastberg, who is now teaching as an Assistant Professor at Alverno University in Milwaukee.

John McCarthy, who has accepted a tenure track position at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Christopher Miller, who received the Maria Ogden Prize for best contribution to the journal Milwaukee History for an article entitled "Transportation Technology and Neighborhood Development in Nineteenth Century Milwaukee." The prize will be awarded at the annual banquet to be held Monday May 1 at the Wisconsin Club.

Anne-Louise Mittal, who has received the Walter C. Boden Memorial Award as the outstanding senior in history. A native of Brookfield, Wisconsin, Anne-Louise will graduate with a double major in French and History. She served as the Undergraduate Intern in History for 2005-2006 and represented Marquette’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta at the International Phi Alpha Theta conference in Philadelphia in January 2006.

Will Prigge, who accepted a tenure track position at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa.

Joseph Ready, who has been named the 2006-2007 Undergraduate Intern. A native of Monroe, Illinois, Joseph has regularly appeared on the Dean’s List, is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, and has tutored in the Educational Opportunity Program.

Timothy Lay, Kenneth Shonk, and Adam Stueck all delivered papers at the Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference hosted by Northern Michigan University on 25 March. Timothy Lay's paper was judged best graduate student paper at the meeting and Kenneth Shonk's won honorable mention.

Department Activities:

Fall PicnicFall Picnic

We initiated the fall term with a department picnic at Trimborn Farm in Hales Corners, where Ann Ostendorf (see "Graduate News") serves as caretaker. Fall Picnic After a practice session to tune up for the pending baseball rematch with cross-town foes, UW-M (see below), everyone settled down to enjoy Milwaukee’s finest: beer and brats, and deserts. It was a sunny, fun, relaxing day – a perfect way to kick off the new semester, and for department veterans, new faculty and graduate students, spouses, children (and pets) to get to know one another.

Fall Baseball Match: Manifest Destiny’s Child versus Holton’s Heros

The string continues! The MU History department defeated cross-town rivals UW-M for the second year in a row. Rallying behind the pin-point accuracy of pitcher Dr. Tim McMahon and power slugging by graduate student, Aaron Stockham, the entire team played inspired baseball in thrashing their East Side competitors. As the snow melts and signs of spring begin to show on campus, whispers can be heard around Coughlin Hall: "Three-peat."

Christmas PartyChristmas Party

Our potluck celebration to mark the end of Fall semester was hosted by Jodi Bartlet Eastberg and her husband John Eastberg, curator of the Pabst Mansion. Amidst the exquisitely decorated rooms of the mansion, faculty, staff, and graduate students relaxed with their families after finishing the last exams and papers of the semester. Drs. Phillip Naylor and John Krugler (photo right) take a short break before donning their Santa outfits and heading to the mall.

Basketball team Department Basketball Team

The weekly basketball games are still a fixture of the department, thanks to the persistence of Drs. Athan Theoharis and Jim Marten. While graduate students and faculty have come and gone, these two have kept alive the ritual challenge of the courts.

In addition to all his departmental contributions, Dr. Theoharis will be sorely missed by the team, which has come to rely on his "rule interpretations" and "line calls" to maintain the collegiality and strict legitimacy of the games.

Department Events

Phi Alpha Theta Phi Alpha Theta

The annual Phi Alpha Theta initiation dinner was held in February, with the keynote address presented by Lonnie Bunch, the newly appointed director of the Smithsonian’s Museum of African-American History. The superb dinner and speech, however, took backstage to the initiation of 34 academically gifted history students into the honor society. Our thanks to Dr. Lezlie Knox and PAT president, Anne-Louise Mittal (photo left) and Dr. Carla Hay for their tireless work promoting PAT activities, and to all the parents, friends and faculty who made this a very special evening.

Interdisciplinary Minor in Public History studentsInterdisciplinary Minor in Public History

The Department’s year-long program, "Historical Societies: Their Public Role," bought students to public history and public history to the students. In conjunction with Phi Alpha Theta, and with financial assistance from the Mellon Foundation and MU Student Government, Drs. John Krugler, Lezlie Knox and Dan Meissner organized a bus trip to the Chicago Art Institute and Chinatown. A guided tour of the Asian exhibit at the CAI acquainted students with historical exhibitions and the work of archivists, while the "walk around" of Chinatown brought them face-to-face with living public history. Thanks to the knowledgeable CAI staff and an adventuresome group of students, the trip to Chicago proved a very successful educational experience.

The success of this trip was matched in the spring by the public lecture presented by Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the Smithsonian’s Museum of African-American History. Dr. Bunch outlined some of the unique problems associated with designing a new national museum, including where to build it, how to acquire the artifacts, and how best to display them. Since the proposed museum has no extant collection, he is developing a program that will locate items related to African-American history and culture in private homes local communities. Some of these may be acquired or loaned to the museum, while others will be catalogued for use by historians. He also discussed the balancing act he must maintain in his role as head historian and chief financial developer, particularly when trying to convince Congress to appropriate necessary funding. Our thanks to Dr. Bunch (and to John Krugler who arranged the visit), for a most entertaining and enlightening presentation.

Public History Internships Available

There are three Hist 193 (3 credits for majors or minors) internship opportunities for our students this summer:

St. Michael’s Mission, Our Lady of Guadalupe Province, St. Michael’s, Arizona. Reverend Ronald Walters, O.F.M., Archivist. Last summer’s duties included assisting in the organizing, processing and entering of information concerning the papers of the Franciscan Friars; cataloging archival library holdings from "a unique system" previous employed by Library of Congress; entering hand written information about Mission artifacts from the Mission museum into PastPerfect; moving archival records from the existing data base to PastPerfect. Work required: 110-125 hours (most likely in a concentrated three or four week period) during the summer.

Old World Wisconsin, Eagle, Wisconsin. Working approximately 37 hours a week as an interpreter of 19th century immigrant life. Although the pay is at or slightly above the minimum wage, the experience is great. Old World Wisconsin is located in southwestern Waukesha County, about 50 minutes from Marquette.

Historic St. Mary’s City, St. Mary’s City, Maryland. Historical Archaeology Field School Do historical archaeology at the site of Maryland’s founding in 1634. Enroll for 8 credits at the St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The site is about 1 hour and 40 minutes south of Washington D.C. Housing is limited so HSMC recommends that you apply early. Work period: May 31- August 6, 2006. For specific questions about the course, email: Dr. Tim Riordan,, or call (240) 895 4975.

Please contact the Department’s Public History Adviser, Dr. John D. Krugler, at for additional information about any of these internships

Klement Lecture

Lesley Gordon, Associate Professor of History at the University of Akron, presented this year’s Klement Lecture, titled: "I Never was a Coward: Questions of Bravery in a Civil War Regiment." An audience of about seventy-five heard Dr. Gordon speak on the subject of her next book: the meaning of cowardice among Civil War soldiers. She is focusing on the letters and diaries of soldiers in the 16th Connecticut Infantry Regiment—a unit that had a less-than-stellar record in combat, including an incident in which most of the regiment surrendered to Confederate forces. Dr. Gordon is the author or editor of several books, including General George E. Pickett in Life and Legend; "This Terrible War": The Civil War and its Aftermath (Co-authored with Daniel Sutherland and Michael Fellman); Intimate Strategies of the Civil War: Military Commanders and Their Wives (Co-edited with Carol K. Bleser); and Inside the Confederate Nation Essays in Honor of Emory M. Thomas (co-edited with John Inscoe).

Upcoming Events

Casper Lecture

The fourth annual Casper Lecture will be delivered by Jonathan Spence of Yale University on "Thinking it Through: Chinese and Catholics in the Seventeenth Century." Dr. Spence is the author of numerous books on Chinese history and recently completed a term as president of the American Historical Association, the preeminent professional organization for historians in the United States. He will deliver his lecture in CU 001 at 7:30 on March 30.

Phi Alpha Theta

The Phi Alpha Theta end-of-the-year picnic will take place on Wednesday, April 26. More details will follow, but, as last year, winners of the scavenger hunt will be announced that day. In addition, Phi Alpha Theta may organize a service project in conjunction with the picnic – namely a book drive. Listen for class announcements and look for emails about these and other PAT events.

For more on the PAT dinner and activities, please click on the Phi Alpha Theta link under "Newsletter 2006"

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