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Dr. Linda Sargent Wood
The Western History Association recently awarded Dr. Linda Sargent Wood its Award of Merit which recognizes members of the Association who have “distinguished themselves in teaching, or in research and publication, or through participation in organizations or activities which promote interest in Western History.” Dr. Sargent Wood has served as the Project Director for the History Department's Northern Arizona History Academy and its Teaching American History Grant (NAHA TAH) which partnered with the WHA to promote the teaching and learning of history and historical thinking. Between 2010-2014, 30 teachers from northern Arizona took graduate classes in Teaching and Learning History and 273 area teachers participated in workshops, institutes, and conferences. Congratulations Linda!
Spring 2015 History Graduate Course Descriptions
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Louie's Legacy: The North Quad QR Code Project
The Public History class unveiled its semester-long project Louie's Legacy on Monday, May 5, at 4pm on the steps of Old Main to a crowd of about thirty-five onlookers. This project utilizes QR codes placed on more than twenty buildings and objects in the North Campus historic district near Old Main. Users with a smart phone or tablet can download a free QR code scanner and then instantly access digital histories of each building, historic photographs, digitized oral histories, and films about NAU's past. Thanks to Master's students Kevin Bertram, Skyler Coombs, Gerald Lamb, Amelia Swann, and Christian Wright for their hard work. Thanks especially to Digital Archivist Todd Welch who worked tirelessly with the class until everything was perfect.
Congratulations to newly minted PhD. Rich Updegrove who successfully defended his dissertation "Refusing to be the Other: Barbara Deming's Experiments with Nonviolence." Leilah Danielson chaired the dissertation committee that also included Sanjam Ahluwalia, Heather Martel, and Linda Sargent Wood.
Doctoral student Ben Carver learned recently that the "1956 Grand Canyon TWA-United Airlines Aviation Accident Site" became a National Historic Landmark. Ben did an internship with the National Park Service in 2008 examining the site for such a designation. This work became the basis for his 2010 M.A. thesis "Seeing Disaster in Grand Canyon: Rethinking the 1956 Grand Canyon Mid-Air Collision."
Public History Internships
The first public history class has secured some great internships. Gerald Lamb is archiving the family and business records of Flagstaff businessman Maury Herman while Amelia Swann is conducting tours at Riordan Mansion State Park and Skyler Coombs has just begun a museum internship at Lowell Observatory. Kevin Bertram and Christian Wright are both going to be interning with the National Park Service this summer; Kevin will be working with the NPS at Grand Canyon National Park while Christian will be living and working at Arches National Park just north of Moab, Utah. Congratulations everyone. We look forward to hearing about your work!
Jamie Canny successfully defended her Master's thesis ""Pink Jeeps and Red Rocks: A Study of Recreational Tourism in Sedona, Arizona." Michael Amundson chaired the thesis committee that also included Eric Meeks and Leilah Danielson.
MacKenzie Uliasz successfully defended her Master's thesis "Vigilantism: Violence and Order in Cochise County, Arizona, 1881 to 1889." Eric Meeks chaired the thesis committee that also included Ryan Kashanipour and Michael Amundson.