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Living History by Greta VanOsdol ’16

I have spent the past three summers at a historic military fort in Copper Harbor, Michigan, acting as a costumed interpreter. Fort Wilkins was built in 1844 as a response to the need for policing in a newly thriving copper mining area. It was occupied for two years until 1846 when the soldiers left the […]

October is GLBT History Month

  As George Chauncey, Professor of History at Yale University and author of the terrific, Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940, observes, “LGBT History Month sends an important message our nation’s teachers, school boards, community leaders, and youth about the vital importance of recognizing and exploring […]

Rembrandt’s Jews (book recommendation by Eric Carlson)

Many times, authors or publishers will give a book about a very narrow topic a very general title in order to sell more copies.  This is an example of the opposite phenomenon.  Art historian Steven Nadler has written a marvelous book that is certainly about Rembrandt’s interactions with (including drawings and paintings of) Amsterdam’s Jews–but is also […]

Professor Marinari joins IHRC and presents at University of Minnesota

Dr. Marinari received an honored invitation to join the IHRC Affiliated Scholars Program. The Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) is an interdisciplinary center at the University of Minnesota that promotes research on migration. Its Affiliated Scholars Program brings together local, regional, national, and international scholars to foster collaborative research and programming. Affiliated scholars are listed […]

Welcome Professor Maddalena Marinari

Gustavus Adolphus College is delighted to welcome Professor Maddalena Marinari to the Department of History. Dr. Marinari joined the history department at Gustavus Adolphus College in the fall semester of 2015. She received her Ph.D. in twentieth-century American history and modern Europe from the University of Kansas. Before arriving to Gustavus, she taught at American University and […]

Book Recommendation: The Crimean War, by Orlando Figes

I have just finished reading The Crimean War, by Orlando Figes, Professor of History at the University of London. The book came out a few years ago, but for once my slowness to get to a book paid off. It could not be more timely. Through his discussion of the Crimean War, Figes cast a […]

Slavery and the Constitution: Historians Debate

(Right Photo: Avery Research Center at the College of Charleston) As we stress to students in our Gustavus History courses, History is a dynamic (not static) discipline or field of study. As historians, we disagree with one another all the time over our interpretations of the past. In this sense, the past is contested terrain in the […]

Welcome Back History Majors and Minors!

Here’s the story of a Department named History. Welcome back History majors, minors, and buffs to another academic year (2015-16) at Gustavus!  We are delighted that Prof. Maddalena Marinari has joined us as a historian of the U.S. specializing in immigration history.  Stop by to meet and greet her and to say hello to the […]

History Alum Named Associate Provost

Sarah Fatherly, ’91, has begun her new position as Associate Provost and Dean of University Programs at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina. Sarah previously worked at Otterbein University in Ohio where she was a professor of history and chair of the Integrative Studies program. Dr. Fatherly earned her PhD in history at the University […]

Gustavus Adolphus Day Commemoration in Chapel

Chapel Talk: Gustavus Adolphus Day November 7, 2011 Today we remember Gustav II Adolf – king of Sweden from 1611-1632 and namesake of our college. Yesterday, November 6, marked the 379th anniversary of his death on a battlefield in Lützen, Germany during the Thirty Years’ War. Since his death, numerous individuals have created mythical images […]