The History department is pleased to announce the following prize winners for the 2019–2020 academic year. Robin Laurinec received the Don M. Larrabee History Prize for best senior thesis, for her English/History double major, “Bloody Skyscrapers: Chicago and the Rise of Urban Serial Killing”. Brady Spaulding was awarded the Harold Huntley Haine Prize, which recognizes a senior History major who has demonstrated both academic promise and performance in the field of History, with a senior project titled “Take Our Land, Deny Us Our Culture, and Compromise Our Religious Freedom – Native American Indians”. Juniors Autumn Foreman and Maximus Levinsky shared the Outstanding Junior Major Prize, awarded for exceptional academic achievement, performance in the seminar, and contribution to the general life of the History department. Robert Crowe was presented with the Interdisciplinary Studies Senior Prize for his project for a double major in Economics/History, “Labor-Managed Firms in Yugoslavia: An Economic and Historical Analysis.” Congratulations to all of these students!
On Friday, September 22, the History Department coordinated with the Crawford County Historical Association to lead a group of more than 70 community members, including many History faculty and students, through a local historical site. Holland Hall, the former Huidekoper Mansion (located near campus at 681 Terrace Street) was built in 1899 for Arthur Clarke and Frances Reynolds Huidekoper, daughter of the Baldwin-Reynolds House Museum’s William and Julia Reynolds. Dutch Revival in inspiration, the home served the family until the 1930s when, after the owners passed away, their children moved to Conneaut Lake and deeded it to Allegheny College. It served as the Phi Delta Theta House for many years, and now, after a period of private ownership, work is underway to return it to its former beauty. The Department was delighted to have the opportunity to connect the College community with our local history.