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Andrea Watkins, Associate Professor of History, is this month's Faculty Friday spotlight! Read more to learn why the Institute for Student Research and Creative Activity has selected Dr. Watkins for this recognition!
Decades of racist policies — not absentee congressmen — explain cities' biggest struggles, according to Sara Patenaude (NKU BA History, 2009).
Saudi Arabia has quietly directed tens of millions of dollars a year to American universities from M.I.T. to Northern Kentucky. What are the nation’s rulers getting out of it?
Public history grad Steve Preston, now Education Director and History Curator at Heritage Village, explores the history of the passenger pigeon in 19th century Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
Kenton County recognized one of the 2019 Pioneer Award honorees, Jim Claypool, who was presented a proclamation at a recent Fiscal Court meeting for his outstanding community service and involvement. Ranked among the university's founders, Dr. Claypool served NKU in a variety of roles for 34 years before retiring in 2002.
Dr. Tenkotte, Professor of History, shares his research into suffragette Lucy Stone's visit to Cincinnati where she gave a public lecture entitled "Women's Rights."
What can you do with a history major? Just ask new VP and Chief Strategy Officer Bonita Brown, who joins NKU's administration to help implement the new Success by Design strategic framework.
Prof. Tenkotte recounts the service and experiences of D-Day veterans from the Tristate region.
Using digital, primary and secondary sources, learn how the Underground Railroad was the first multi-racial, multi-class, multi-ethnic human rights movement in the United Stated. Dr. Jackson will demonstrate this claim from a local and regional perspective.
Butler County Historical Society members are invited to attend a preview of the society’s upcoming exhibit focusing on the men, women and industries that were involved in America ’s effort to win World War II. Grad student Liza Vance will describe her work in developing the society’s “Butler County World War II Soldier’s Stories” exhibit that will open to the public on June 6, the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
The May meeting of the Hoosier Blue and Gray Civil War Round Table will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Huddleston Farmhouse red barn basement in Mt. Auburn. The program will be delivered by Dr. James Ramage. Members of the round table invite all area students of the Civil War and of Grant to attend. Prior to the meeting, members and visitors may gather at 5:30 p.m. in the No. 9 Grill Restaurant in downtown Cambridge City for the group’s customary pre-meeting Dutch-treat dinner.
Professor Tenkotte takes readers on a tour of the Odd Fellows Temple in downtown Cincinnati. Completed in 1894, the Odd Fellows Temple supported working men (and women!) with benefits should they suffer an accident, become disabled, or die, forcing their families into economic uncertainties and hardships.
Join us for a visit from Joel Nahari, son of Holocaust survivors, who will share his parents' story with the NKU community on April 18th at 6:00pm in the Griffin Hall Digitorium.
Congratulations to the Award winners for the annual Celebration of Student Research and Creativity! Public history graduate student Liza Vance won the 2019 Outstanding Oral Presentation for “Unearthing Resistance through Educational Equality: A Brief Look into Daily Life at the Parker Academy from Personal Correspondence and Material Culture.”
A Northern Kentucky Catholic cathedral was inspired by the now fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
Dr. Jonathan Reynolds, Regents Professor of History, presents "Big Tall White Guy In West Africa" in which he will share tales of living, working and traveling in West Africa. He will regale you with journeys far off the tourist path in an Africa that you will rarely see on TV.
People across Greater Cincinnati were shocked to see flames and smoke shooting from Notre Dame Cathedral. Some said it brought back memories of fires at churches in our area.
Graduate student Liza Vance (public history) and undergraduate James Harrington (history) are all smiles after presenting their research at the 2019 Celebration of Student Research and Creativity.
Steve Preston (MAPH) writes about the Clermont County Witch Trial of the early 19th century, involving the Hildebrand daughters who claimed they were possessed by evil spirits and would scream and be fearful of objects and beings only they could see.
Dr. Tenkotte reviews a new book entitled "Lost Amusement Parks of Kentuckiana," which offers a nostalgic glimpse of small amusement parks in the Louisville, Kentucky/Southern Indiana region named “Kentuckiana.”
What should you look for when studying antique furniture from early American history? Dr. Hackett will offer tips and tricks on how to solve the mysteries of family heirlooms that may be hiding in your home.
The Clinton County Historical Society introduced its newest Executive Director, Shelby Boatman, to the public on Tuesday, March 12th. Shelby is pursuing her graduate degree in public history at NKU.
Over the years, there were a number of theaters sprinkled in and around the West End. But there's one many current and former West End residents remember best: The Regal Theater.
In last week’s column, we learned how racism in Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio made the passage of the 15th Amendment—granting the right to vote to all males regardless of “race, color, or previous condition of servitude”—an uphill battle.
Capt. Ron Harrison (B.A. History & Social Studies '89) has been working on and around the rivers his whole life; he now is part of a family team at Bellaire Harbor Service on the Ohio River where he implements Coast Guard regulations for harbor safety and compliance.
Steve Preston (MAPH '14), Education Director and a Curator of History at Heritage Village Museum, recalls a brigade of African-Americans who helped defend Cincinnati during a siege in 1862.
Dr. Landon will speak on "Niccolo Machiavelli: What would he think of politics today?" When Machiavelli authored “The Prince,” he was faced with a political landscape that was, perhaps, even more fractured than our own. This lecture will ask: What might Machiavelli think of our current predicament, and what advice would he provide to our leaders?
Black History Month is a time for education and reflection on the accomplishments of African-Americans. Dr. Jackson and Dr. Hackett dig into the history of this celebratory month.
Public history alum Steve Preston investigates the buffalo highways of the Tri-State area.
"As an historian, I am convinced more and more with each passing year that human beings bring many, if not most, of their sorrows upon themselves. We make mistakes and refuse to learn from them. We don’t examine alternative perspectives that question our own biases. We reject change because we can’t predict the future. We oppose others because we think that they are our enemies. We hate others because we misunderstand them."
Dr. Miller engages the public on "Coping with Depression: How Americans Survived the 1930s" at the Cold Spring Branch of Campbell County Public Library. Did you ever happen across your grandparents’ stash of aluminum foil scraps, rubber bands or newspapers and wonder why they never threw things away? Come learn how people made it through one of the worst times in history.
Dr. Hackett (MAPH) and Dr. Baxter (Respiratory Care) will use the state-of-the-art equipment of NKU's Health Innovation Center to help the Cincinnati Museum Center produce new scans, images, and replications of Umi, its Egyptian child mummy.
In this public affairs presentation, Dr. Washington (Black Studies) interviews Isaias Gamboa, the founder of the We Shall Overcome Foundation. We Shall Overcome Foundation is dedicated to the spiritual, physical, social, educational and economic survival, empowerment and development of poor, ignorant, abused, oppressed and marginalized people throughout the world.
Geography professor Dr. John Metz has been serving as co-editor and author for the Cincinnati Food and Farming History. The interactive and hyperlinked timeline documents some of the major food, farming, and business-related histories of the Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana Tri-State region.
Dr. Tenkotte investigates the Wong family, one of the earliest Chinese immigrant families to settle in the Cincinnati area.
Public History alum Cierra Earl of the Kenton County Library helps with the gift of a lifetime: genealogy.
Dr. Kristopher Teters, alum of the Department of History and Geography, was interviewed by a fellow Civil War scholar on The Civil War Talk Radio Companion.
One of the segments on this week's "Kentucky Life" (airing on PBS stations in Northern Kentucky like KET) features Dr. Eric Jackson, who shares details of African-American Revolutionary War soldier Daniel Goff, who was recently commemorated in Boone County, KY, with a new historical marker.
MAPH alum Steve Preston tackles an early Covington scandal in this edition of the local history column "Our Rich History."
MAPH alum Steve Preston (who is also Education Director at Heritage Village) examines the history of an early European burial in what would later become the Cincinnati area.
Dr. Metz presented his paper, "Himalayan Environmental Crises: THED vs. Climate Change," at the 47th Annual Conference on South Asia in Madison, WI. His paper was part of a panel group focused on human-environment relationships in Nepal and India.
History, the arts, and music will take over Southgate Street in Newport this Saturday, Oct. 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. MAPH students from NKU will be on hand to conduct oral history interviews with residents who attended the Southgate School, now the Newport History Museum. So stop on by!
On a clear, sunny Saturday afternoon in rural Boone County, Daniel Goff, an African-American soldier who fought in the Revolutionary War, finally got the recognition he deserved for his military service.
Check out what our history honor society students are up to this month!
Alum Steve Preston (MAPH) investigates the earliest buildings constructed by immigrants from Kentucky on the site of what would become Cincinnati.
Alum Steve Preston (MAPH) reports on the impact of early 19th century earthquakes on Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
The Queen City Invitational brought 14 teams for the men’s cross-country race with 178 runners on the course, and the women’s race had 12 teams with 149. Alec Sandusky was the top finisher for the NKU men's team, placing 12th. Alec is a Social Studies Education major.
Alum Steve Preston (MAPH) shares the history of Benjamin Van Cleve, son of a Cincinnati businessman who became an early founder of Dayton, Kentucky.
This week's edition of local history penned by alum Steve Preston (MAPH) focuses on the story of one of Northern Kentucky's wealthiest women, Keturah Moss Leitch Taylor.
Steve Preston (MAPH) writes about the earliest settlement in Campbell County, Leitch’s Station, founded circa 1789-91 by a Revolutionary War veteran.
Malcom Getter gave up on himself in high school. But two new mentors have helped him see his potential.
If you missed the original airing of "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmerman," Season 12, Episode 7 that aired this past week, be sure to set your DVRs for upcoming repeats to catch Dr. Jackson talking about the Underground Railroad in the Northern Kentucky Region!
Volunteers are racing against time to save the four-decade old collection of 70 vintage passenger and freight cars known as the Railway Museum of Greater Cincinnati.
During the annual fall convocation, history professor Jonathan Reynolds, was honored for his appointment as an NKU Regents Professor by Provost Sue Ott Rowlands. Congratulations, Doc Reynolds!
An avid traveler and dreamer, author James B. Anstead of Wilder, Kentucky, brings to us this fun and silly collection of one of the most unique styles of writing, the result of years of fascination with the limerick and its special wordplay.
History alum Marcus Harshaw ('13) was named the Vice President of Education and Facilities at the Kaleideum Museum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Harshaw will oversee educational initiatives at Kaleideum Downtown & North.
MAPH grad explores the life and Native American connections of Mary Means, wife of an officer garrisoned at Fort Washington in Cincinnati.
MAPH alum Steve Preston delves into the history of the first large tavern built along the Cincinnati riverfront.
Be sure to check out the PBS program, "10 That Changed America," to see Dr. Tenkotte speak about the modern marvel we in Northern Kentucky know as the Roebling Suspension Bridge!
Alumnus Andy Wyckoff (Social Studies '95) takes on a new challenge as principal of Connor High School in Boone County, Kentucky.
NKU Public History alum Steve Preston delves into the life and times of Revolutionary War officer James Wilkinson, who launched his political career in Kentucky.
Dr. Tenkotte kicks off a two-part examination of prominent Kentuckians and Ohioans who helped spur development in Florida.
The Dean's List recognizes undergraduate students attempting at least 8 credit hours during the semester and earning a grade-point average of 3.60 to 3.99. Congratulations to everyone!
The President's List honors full-time undergraduate students earning a 4.00 grade-point average. Congratulations!
Dr. Tenkotte looks into local incidents of ethnic tension during World War I.
Bjorn Skaptason interviews author Kristopher A. Teters about his new book, Practical Liberators, a look at the attitudes and convictions of Union Army officers about Emancipation as the Civil War progressed.
The Arts Council of Mercer County is holding an Open House on Saturday, July 7, an event the group, headed by Sarah Tolbert (NKU MAPH), hopes will become a regular event.
Several of Prof. Quinn's contributions to the recent Twitter thread #reversenotobsverse are featured in this article about changing our perspective on ancient art.
Did you miss Dr. Tenkotte's presentation to the NKY Forum? If so, you can hear a short discussion with the presenters on this clip from WVXU radio.
NKU Public History alum Steve Preston introduces us to John Filson, an early Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky personality.
NKU history professor and author Dr. Paul Tenkotte will discuss the history of poverty in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati.
An NKU Social Studies Education major was one of two winners of Steely Library's annual Celebration Research Award for his project on ancient Carthage.
NKU History Professor Emeritus, Dr. James Ramage, speaks on the role General Grant played in the Vicksburg Campaign at the annual Hoosier Blue and Gray Civil War Roundtable.
Heritage Village Museum Director and NKU Public History alum Steve Preston explores the historical importance of the Ohio Valley.
Join us for the final City Barbeque Food for Thought series event with the return of Professor Kathleen Quinn from the NKU History and Geography Department.
A review of Kentuckians recently named to organizational leadership roles, including NKU's Dr. Paul Tenkotte.
Students and faculty from several departments and programs at NKU--including History and Geography--have spent much of the May term excavating at the Parker Academy site in New Richmond, Ohio.
Dr. Tenkotte recalls Tuesday, April 23, 1968, when a devastating tornado hit Falmouth, Kentucky. Were you there? Were your parents or grandparents?
Departmental alum (and now faculty member) Dr. William Landon, alongside Dr. Sharyn Jones, uses historical research into Mulefoot pigs to grow a new family farm in Campbell County!