October Cemetery Tours — Article from UCCS Communique

History students, faculty to lead October cemetery tours

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A group of UCCS history students will join with faculty in October to recreate local history and raise funds to protect a local cemetery.

For the third year, students in Barbara Headle’s “The Last Great Necessity: Cemeteries, Memory and American History”course will team with former students and returning volunteers to lead tours of the Fountain Fairview Cemetery, 757 South Santa Fe Ave. After extensive research, students will don period dress and relate the stories of the people buried at the cemetery who settled and developed the Fountain Valley during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This year’s emphasis is on the children who lived in Fountain. UCCS students and volunteers will interpret the children’s life stories.

The tours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 18. The final tour begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students with identification and free for those less than 12 years old. Proceeds from the tour and a concurrent silent auction at the Fountain Public Library will fund the repair of damaged headstones in the cemetery and future installation of a video surveillance system.

“Children have always been full participants in the unfolding of human history,” Headle said recently. “However, sometimes the vacant chair or the empty child’s bed is all that remains after a child is gone. Their experiences are important. When we exclude them from the historical narrative, we leave a void in our history that is, at best, difficult to recover.”

For example, the students will research and tell the story of a 14-year-old girl buried at Fairview. While her life was short, her story tells the travails of a community ravished by Spanish Influenza, a pandemic of 1918-19. Her father also perished as a result of the illness. That child’s headstone, a 150-pound marble block shaped in the form of a tree stump with an inscription “a life cut short” was recently toppled by vandals.

“Some of the children may have passed away too early to have had a voice from themselves,” Kim Sweetwood, a history graduate student, said. “Students will portray their relatives, or their friends, talking about these children and the general context of history in Fountain when they were living and when they passed away.”

In addition to her history studies, Sweetwood is also a sign language interpreter at many UCCS events and works as a student assistant in the Department of History.

This week, Sweetwood presented invitations to the Oct. 18 cemetery tour to members of the Fountain City Council. The council recently authorized additional funding for a video surveillance system, an issue that Headle and her students brought forward when they began the project three years ago. In the past three years, the faculty and student-led project has raised about $5,500.

For Headle, the cemetery tours bring together the research and presentation skills necessary for academic and career success. Cemeteries offer a unique peek into a community’s past, she says, becoming mirrors of the living community by reflecting group cultural values. Making community history more realistic by focusing on an individual, and for the benefit of a near-to-campus community, are added benefits.

For more information about the event, contact Sweetwood, 433-4597, orksignsasl@gmail.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/FFFCemetery

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Friends of Fountain Fairview Cemetery 2014 Programs

We’re pleased to announce this fall’s program of events to benefit the Fountain Fairview Cemetery, a project led by our instructor Mrs. Barbara Headle and her students over the last three years.

Here’s a full flyer, with images, for all the events, just click here: Friends of Fountain. You may also check the group’s Facebook page at any time.

Below is a schedule of the fall events. We hope to see you there!

History of American Cemeteries: October 2nd, Thursday 7 – 8:30 pm
Fountain Library, Guest Speaker Mrs. Barbara Headle, UCCS. Free.

 Historic Lantern Tour
Wrong Place at the Wrong Time, or What is Murder?
October 4th, Saturday 6-7:30 pm at Fountain Fairview Cemetery.
Tickets $20 each sold at the event. Not appropriate for children under 12.

 Historic Cemetery Tour, as portrayed by UCCS students and volunteers.
The History of Fountain, as told through her Children.
October 18th, Saturday 10-3 pm
Fountain Fairview Cemetery. Tickets $10 each, sold at the event.
Teens $7, children 12 and under free with guardian. 

Reception and Silent Auction to benefit Fairview Cemetery.
Bid for a Hot Air Balloon Ride, Gift Baskets, Photography and Gift Cards.
October 18th, Saturday Noon-4 pm
Fountain Library. Hosted by the Fountain Historical Society and Museum. Free.

For updates see us on Facebook 

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Welcome to the 2014 School Year

15 August 2014

Dear UCCS History Majors and M.A. Students,

Welcome to the 2014-15 UCCS school year! This is Paul Harvey, Chair of the History Department, I wanted to introduce myself to all of you, to encourage you to stop by and introduce yourself, and to let you know of some of the exciting events and opportunities in the department and at UCCS for this upcoming year. My office is Columbine Hall 2055, email pharvey@uccs.edu, and phone 255-4078.

Besides me, our departmental assistant, Ian Smith, is there in COB 2048 during the day to help you with all your needs; he can also be reached at email at ismith2@uccs.edu, or at 255-4069. I want to encourage all of you to make use of our best resources for departmental information and updates: the departmental website at http://www.uccs.edu/history, and the departmental blog at http://uccshistory.wordpress.com.

You will find at the website (http://www.uccs.edu/history) an abundance of information, including full information on all the regular faculty and instructors; helpful guides to the major itself; a special section just for those of you who are transfer students; information about the senior thesis required of all history majors; information on the undergraduate (BA) and graduate (MA) programs; events, lectures, and opportunities during the school year; and much, much more.

You will find at the departmental blog, at http://uccshistory.wordpress.com, reminders, announcements, and “late breaking news,” as well as occasional guest posts from students and faculty members on historical issues in the news. For example, we will periodically post the schedule for senior thesis for several semesters in advance, helping you plan when you want to do your thesis. I will post updates on events and opportunities locally such as lectures, work opportunities, and internships.

This year, I also wanted to let you know about several new developments within the department itself. First, I am delighted to announce that Ms. Roy Jo Sartin is now a half-time Instructor in the Department, meaning she will be teaching two courses a semester in fields such as Ancient Greee, Ancient Egypt, and Mesopotamian History. Also, we are beginning a new program of History Internships for both undergraduates and graduates; it will be led by Leah Davis-Witherow, chief Archivist at the Pioneers Museum – look for History 3955 to sign up and get some great experience working for local public history institutions.

Once again, welcome to the school year, and best of luck.

All my best,

Paul Harvey
Professor and Chair of History, UCCS

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History Department Student Award Winners

Ceremony from 2 – 3 p.m., April 25, 2014, UC 116

Danielle McKinley
Colette Richards

Angela Knipe

Megan Dobbins Ishum
Sabine Banuelos

Amy Haines


Professor Sackett’s Section

***Jennifer Hepworth: ‘Holocaust Writing: An Individual’s Account’
***Amber Bradish: ‘The Women Behind the Men: Sophie Scholl and Freya von Moltke and the German Resistance’
***Taylor Wirth: ‘Transitions from Communism in Eastern Europe’

Professor Duvick’s Section
***Jennifer Vanderwalker, “The Search for the Inconceivable Uncontained: Revealing the Unique Eschatology in the Gospel of Truth”

Professor Headle’s Section
***Alexander Keck, “Blood and Thunder: The Evolution of the American Navy from 1776 to 1815.”

Professor Myers’ Section

Erin Wallace, “Poetry with a Purpose:  The Bardic Defense of Gaelic Culture During the Tudor Conquest.”

Megan Bell, “Christine de Pizan and her Mighty Pen”

Anna Rosza, John Garrett, Maria Cordova, and Jennifer Hepworth

**Colin McAllister  **Sabine Banuelos  **Richard Hernandez

**Angela Knipe
**Jeremiah Snyder
**Preston Petermeier
**Maggie Sargeant
**Veronica Spicer
**Christopher Darrow
**Linda Aldrich
**Robin Lynch
**Nicole DeV Emmons

Barbara Headle will recognize students who participated in the Fountain/Fairview Cemetery Project

**Ben Putnam, President of the Society

Kym Brumlik, for article published in the Journal of South Asian Studies
Samantha Christiansen (alumnus), for new book conract

***Kim Sweetwood
***Aimee Morgado

**Preston Petermeier, African American Historical and Genealogical Society and the Broadmoor Archives
**Angie Knipe and Dylan Tyler Interns at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

**Linda Aldrich    **Jeremiah Snyder    **Lindsey Duncan

Sabine Banuelos, Ray Shaner, Lindsey Duncan, Rochelle Richards-Burks, Megan Ishum, Jennifer Broderick

Linda Aldrich, Aimee Morgado, Linda Aldrich, DeV Emmons, Angie Knipe, Robin Lynch

******   Leah Davis-Witherow  *****

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History Department Awards Ceremony and Other Events in April and May!

Department of History

8 March 2014

Dear UCCS History Students, MA Students, and Alumni,

As we approach the last part of another school year, I wanted to send you a special invitation to a couple of upcoming events organized by the History Department, and featuring/honoring the work of our excellent undergraduate and graduate students. 

First, each year the History Department stages its own celebration of the achievements of our students, where we honor our Outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate Student award winners, outstanding Senior Thesis winners (1 or 2 per section), students who have presented at conferences or had their work published, and students who have worked with community organizations or in public history venues. 

This year the awards ceremony will be on FRIDAY, APRIL 25TH, from 2 – 3 p.m., in University Center 116. All students (undergraduate and graduate) AND alumni are welcome to join us. Refreshments will be served, and we hope to see a lot of you there. 

Second, each spring the History Department hosts a Heller Center Symposium, where the work of students or alumni (or both) are presented in the style of a History conference. This year, the graduate students in Paul Harvey’s Civil War History and Bernice Forrest’s Native American Ethnography seminars will present their research work. This event will be TUESDAY, MAY 6TH, FROM 4:30 – 8:30 P.M., at the Heller Center. You may feel free to come and go as you please and as you have time. Again, all students and alumni welcome. 

Third, on Wed., APRIL 2, 9am-noon at the Heller Center, Drs. Roger Martinez (History) and Colin McAllister (VAPA, Music) have organized a symposium: “Astrology, Anglo-Saxons, and Dissonance: The Idea of Renaissance in Europe from the Ninth to the Sixteenth Century, ” associated with their HUM course. Again, all students and alumni welcome. Please rsvp to Professor Roger Martinez.

We hope you will keep abreast of our events and our student achievements through our History Department Newsletter, this blog, and the History Department website. We have many exciting new projects and initiatives just starting that we hope to share with you in the near future.

Paul Harvey
Chair, Department of History

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Talk on Christianity and Politics in Modern America — Tuesday, March 11, 3:00 p.m.

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Spring Graduate Student Happy Hour

Please join the History faculty for an informal Happy Hour (no host):

When: March 6, Thursday, 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. Come for as long or short a time as you like. 

Where: La Hacienda Restaurant, just across N. Nevada in University Village shopping Center

Who: History Department Faculty and Graduate students

For more program info/events, please see: http://www.uccs.edu/history

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