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

February 20, 2018

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. This year’s luncheon theme “Drum Majors for Service” featured renowned historian Dr. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, the Victor... Read More

Florida veteran establishes a legacy of honor and valor

February 6, 2018

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 something he’s always carried with him. “We were studying social studies at the time,” said Tillmon. “My classmate said, ‘Joe, you all were only... Read More

New African American Primary Source Collections now available at UCF Libraries

February 1, 2018

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 Papers, Black Thought & Culture, Slavery and Anti-Slavery Transnational Archive, Slavery and the Law, and Slavery in America. In 2017, we... Read More

Nearly 100 Years of the Sanford Herald now digitally available on the RICHES™ Mosaic Interface

January 29, 2018

On August 22, 1908, the Sanford Herald published its first issue. Featuring articles about the cost of purchasing and developing farm land and details of orange culture, the first issue was named the “industrial edition” as Sanford was then known as the Gate City to Florida. News of the past is no longer limited to newspaper print as the result of a collaborative partnership between the Museum of Seminole County History, the Sanford Museum and the University of Central Florida History... Read More

UCF History Alumni Spotlight: Karen Kelly, Class of 2017

January 29, 2018

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 the French government allowing graduates to teach English in French schools. “I do lessons in English about the United States, American history and... Read More

History Department partners with the ZORA! Festival

January 23, 2018

In partnership with the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities, Dr. Scot French and UCF History graduate student Gramond McPherson created an exhibit highlighting the history of Eatonville, Fl. and Zora Neale Hurston’s legacy. The exhibit narrates part of Eatonville’s history, one of the nation’s oldest African American towns. During the mid 20th century, African American communities were increasingly devastated by unwanted road expansion projects. These destructive... Read More

In Memoriam: Dr. Simon Barton

January 23, 2018

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 faculty member at the University of Exeter, where he also served as Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies from 2010-2012 and as co-Director from... Read More

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