Posts By: Tiffany Rivera

Community Project Grant Awarded to History Department

The Florida Humanities Council granted the UCF History Department a $4,360 grant to assist the Jones High School Historical Society with archiving their museum and collections. Located near downtown Orlando, the high school and was founded in 1882 and was originally a segregated high school. Historically black high schools throughout Central Florida faced closures and… Read more »

Veterans Legacy Program Team Member Highlight

Harrison Smith and Nikki Hearn are two of our undergraduate students working with the Veterans Legacy Program at UCF. Last Spring they worked on biographies of World War I veterans Clyde Atwood Emerson and Edward D. DeSaussure in Dr. Lyons’ History and Historians course, which focused on World War I veterans from Florida who died… Read more »

UCF students, faculty travel to France to document WWI history

The University of Central Florida’s History Department and Center for Humanities and Digital Research are proud to partner with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Cemetery Administration to bring the stories of U.S. veterans buried in national cemeteries to life as part of the Veterans Legacy Program. The Orlando Sentinel featured the Veterans Legacy Program’s… Read more »

History Student Named Boren Fellow

History major Rachel Rothstein-Safra received a Boren Fellowship which provides funding for immersive study of the language and culture of countries deemed critical to U.S. national security. Read more at https://today.ucf.edu/3-ucf-students-named-boren-fellows/.

Annual Dr. John T. Washington Scholarship Luncheon honors four recipients

The UCF Africana Studies Program Awards held its annual Dr. John T. Washington Community Service and Scholarship Luncheon on Feb. 19, 2018. The awards luncheon honors Dr. John T Washington, one of UCF’s first African-American professors, by recognizing UCF students along with community adults and youth who have made outstanding contributions to our local area…. Read more »

Florida veteran establishes a legacy of honor and valor

When Joe Tillmon was in elementary school, segregation was still legal. However in the 5th grade, when Tillmon’s all black school became an integrated institution, he found himself as one of the only two black boys in his class. One day after a social studies lesson, while Tillmon was at recess, a classmate told him… Read more »

New African American Primary Source Collections now available at UCF Libraries

In honor of Black History Month, the UCF Libraries, the Department of History, and the Africana Studies program would like to announce the acquisition of two new African American primary source collections. These are the second of a two-part technology fee proposal. The first phase led to the acquisition of six new databases: Black Abolitionist… Read more »

UCF History Alumni Spotlight: Karen Kelly, Class of 2017

Karen Kelly currently lives about an hour away from Paris in the historic city of Rouen, Normandy teaching English to French children. Since graduating from UCF in 2017 with a BA in History, Karen has started working as a teaching assistant through the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF). The program is an initiative through… Read more »

In Memoriam: Dr. Simon Barton

With great sadness, the Department of History at the University of Central Florida announces the passing of Simon Fraser Barton, Professor of History. The renowned historian of medieval Iberia passed away in Orlando on Friday, December 15, 2017 at the age of 55. Before coming to the University of Central Florida, Dr. Barton was a… Read more »