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RICHES collection enhances museum experience

January 30, 2019

Mark Bruckert, a sophomore at the Crooms Academy of Information Technology and a member of the Oviedo Historical Society, recently installed his Eagle Scout project at the Lawton House Museum in Oviedo. The installation of iPads allows visitors to the Lawton House to connect to Oviedo artifacts stored in the RICHES Mosaic Interface database, as well as items in Florida Memory, the Florida Historical Society, and DiaryEarth. In 2017, Bruckert presented his project plan to enhance the Lawton... Read More

History Professor appointed to National Council for History Education board

January 30, 2019

UCF Professor of History Dr. Luis Martínez-Fernández has been appointed to the board of the National Council for History Education (NCHE). Since 1990, the NCHE has worked to promote excellence in K-12 and college-level history education. The organization supports the teaching of history through lobbying, sponsoring collaborations and workshops between teachers and professors, and by producing teaching materials and history education guidelines. As a board member, Martínez-Fernández... Read More

First-generation college graduate shares stories of the past through podcasts

January 15, 2019

Earning a college degree is always a significant accomplishment. But for Holly Baker, who is the first in her family to earn a not only a bachelor’s degree, but also a master’s degree, this occasion is all the more special. While many young children dream of becoming a doctor, astronaut or teacher, Baker had dreams of becoming a writer and seeing the world. Some of her earliest memories involved exploring historic sites with her mother. Baker’s mother wasn’t afforded the opportunity... Read More

John C. Hitt Library hosts exhibit on Zora Neale Hurston and historic African American community

January 15, 2019

Zora Neale Hurston, the outspoken author of African-American literature, wrote much about Eatonville, the historic African American community where she grew up. Hurston is renowned not only for her literary skill and wit, but for the anthropological concepts and methodologies which she brought to her work. The UCF History Department exhibit, Zora Neale Hurston’s ‘Native Village’: Historic Eatonville Remembered, hosted on the first-floor gallery wall in the John C. Hitt Library,... Read More

Veterans Legacy Program launches into 2019

December 7, 2018

To commemorate the centennial of the end of World War I, UCF students and historians who have been participating in the UCF's Veterans Legacy Program gathered for a commemoration in St. Augustine on November 29. The group of students and historians from UCF gave a presentation on the school’s collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Several news organizations covered the event, held at the St. Augustine National Cemetery where 2,823 war veterans are buried. “It highlights... Read More

RICHES partner remembers World War I soldier’s sacrifice

December 6, 2018

The Geneva Historical & Genealogical Society, one of the earliest community partners of the Regional Initiative for Collecting History, Experiences and Stories (RICHES), held a memorial service on October 10 to honor the centenary of the death of Roderick “Perry” Taylor. Taylor, a native of the small rural community in east Seminole County, died when a World War I German submarine torpedoed the ship, the R.M.S. Leinster, in the Irish Sea near the coastal town of Dun... Read More

Exploring early modern global migration patterns through written correspondence

December 6, 2018

Historians have long studied written correspondence between individuals to gain insight into important moments throughout history. While what was written in these letters often provide important insight, the location where they were sent and received could be just as valuable. Dr. Rosalind Beiler, UCF History professor was recently involved in two projects that examined how correspondence networks among European Quakers, Mennonites and Pietists shaped early modern global migration... Read More

Gaming for Good

November 28, 2018

Led by a UCF alum, Hero Spark is an after-school program that uses role-playing games to help teenagers improve their self-esteem and hone their social skills. Step through the automatic glass doors of the Orlando Public Library, hang a left and soon after you’ll start to hear it. The rolling of dice. Outbursts of laughter. Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend” playing from a nearby cellphone speaker. It’s this melody of sounds — and the noticeable lack of shushing — that makes it... Read More

History Professor Appears on American Anthropologist

November 17, 2018

UCF History Professor Tiffany Earley-Spadoni was recently featured in podcast Anthropological Airwaves, the flagship journal of the American Anthropological Association. In this episode, Earley-Spadoni discusses digital archaeology and covers both its more humanistic and computational modes. Throughout the podcast, she also discusses how collaborating with local community stake holds and colleges abroad can produce rich digital narratives that allow people to tell and hear stores about places... Read More

UCF Veterans Legacy Program Inspires Orlando Resident to Share Family History

October 25, 2018

Bernie Daniels re-enlisted in the Army when the United States decided to join the fray of World War I.  Having already served in the Philippines, Mr. Daniels, served again with the US Army’s 5th Infantry in France. One hundred years ago, in 1918, Mr. Daniels fought in multiple battles. Americans, including Mr. Daniels, helped to push back the German Spring Offensive. He then participated in two American Expeditionary Force (AEF) led battles: St. Mihiel and the Meuse-Argonne.  Mr. Daniels... Read More

Discovering Armenia Through Digital Storytelling

October 11, 2018

UCF researchers and students are combining archaeology and storytelling in a new initiative. Tiffany Earley-Spadoni, an assistant professor in UCF’s Department of History, is the director of the Vayots Dzor Fortress Landscapes Project, an archaeological survey and excavation project exploring the historical and archaeological remains of the Vayots Dzor providence in southern Armenia. Read the full feature on UCF... Read More

History Student published in Orlando Sentinel

October 1, 2018

History major Jacqueline Love is a “New Voice” in the Orlando Sentinel. As a result of her independent study with faculty member James Clark, she has been able to make her opinions be known.  UCF College of Arts and Humanities highlight's Love's recent article... Read More

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