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Collaboration with Poudre School District

November 20, 2020
Poudre School District teachers and history department faculty gathered for professional development training

By Kurt Knierim “This is some of the best professional development I have ever attended,” said a participant in the third installment of a collaboration between the CSU Department of History and social studies teachers throughout Poudre School District. With the demise of the federal Teaching American History grants in 2011, there was a void […]

A Letter from the “Gaffers”

November 20, 2020
Gaffers meeting at a local Fort Collins restaurant

By Ken Rock with contributions by Jim Hansen, Dave McComb, Loren Crabtree, and fellow Gaffers We who later became known as “the Gaffers,” were once young historians but have made the transition from active faculty to Professors Emeriti.  Our numbers have included David McComb, Art Worrall, Bill Griswold, Wayne Clegern, Dan Tyler, Jim Jordan, John […]

Department of History News – Fall 2020

November 20, 2020

The Department of History is keeping busy during these challenging times. There are many accomplishments and updates to share and celebrate among our students, faculty, and staff. Faculty and Staff News Ann Little was awarded one of three Howard H. Peckham Fellowships by the Clements Library, University of Michigan and co-edited the Fall 2019 issue […]

CSU students provide Windsor with historical chronicle of churches, factory

November 20, 2020

A group of CSU graduate students recently gained professional experience in the art of going back in time by performing a historical analysis of churches and a sugar-beet factory in the town of Windsor. Adam Thomas, an instructor in the Department of History who had previously done a historical analysis of downtown Windsor, turned to […]

History Colorado announces new State Historian’s Council

July 29, 2020

DENVER, Colo. (July 16, 2018) ━ Today, History Colorado announced the formation of its first State Historian’s Council in its 139-year history in Colorado. The State Historian’s Council will be led by noted historian and author Dr. Tom Noel, who will be joined on the council by respected historians from across the state. The new council will include […]

Retired professor reaches out to help CLA students

July 29, 2020

Dan Tyler was happy to help in 2012 when former CSU President Tony Frank asked if he could assist students closing in on graduation who were struggling financially. The result was the Gateway to Graduation Scholarship, which has helped dozens of students in the College of Liberal Arts reach the finish line and earn degrees. Tyler, […]

Dr. James Hansen, Author of Democracy’s College in the Centennial State, Reflects on CSU’s 150th Anniversary

October 14, 2019
aerial photograph of CSU campus in the 1970s

Most of my professional life has encompassed researching, preserving, and writing about CSU’s past.  I came Fort Collins in 1966 with a background in the history of higher education, and six years later, initiated a project that resulted in an institutional archive and a comprehensive study, Democracy’s College in the Centennial State (1977).  More than a dozen publications ensued, often in collaboration with graduate students; and in 1981, I began providing a historical essay for commencement ceremonies.  This scholarly activity involved individual program, college, outreach, and campus developments, which usually included chronological milestones.

In order to refute the admonition that “history is just one damn thing after another,” I typically organized CSU’s past into identifiable periods. The sesquicentennial anniversary provides a singular opportunity to highlight selected examples.

Dr. Michael Mansfield and CSU student, Landon Schmidt, invite a WWII nurse and a German survivor to share their experiences

February 21, 2019

Morrison and Schendel experienced the war in very different ways. Morrison was an American nurse who tended to soldiers at the Battle of the Bulge while Schendel was forced into the Hitler Youth and endured Allied bombings. But they both endured the suffering of World War II.

Sharing the Lessons Learned during the 2013 Colorado Flood

February 21, 2019

What can a historian do in response to life-threatening flooding? Quite a lot it turns out. By documenting the communication, cooperation, and activity of natural disaster responders, historians capture the knowledge and information-sharing process that is so crucial to future response and recovery.

Why I Study Public History by Jordan Kearschner

February 21, 2019

In the age of “fake news,” museum professionals and others in the public historical field, can, and must, set an example to be held accountable for the truth.