At the end of October, the University Archives installed a new display of a selection of the posters created by past HIST 429F students in the Portico Room (Room 2109) in McKeldin Library. University Archives staff has taught HIST 429F, whose formal title is Special Topics in History: MAC to Millennium: History of the University of Maryland, each spring semester since 2014 and will welcome a new crop of Terps interested in learning about their alma mater in January 2020.
Each semester, the students are assigned three major projects, an analysis of an historical item, a poster on a UMD historical topic, prepared as a team effort, and a final research paper documenting a year in the life of the university through the eyes of a senior in that graduating class. Sample blog posts prepared as part of the first assignment can be found here on Terrapin Tales by searching the tag “historical item analysis.”
Examples of the posters from these past student cohorts now on display include:
- Haunted UMD, Spring 2014, Amanda Laughlin, Nicole Main, and Adina Schulman
- ACC-ya: 61 years of men’s basketball, Spring 2014, Kelsey Knoche, Sapna Khemka, and Brooke Parker
- Breaking Barriers, Spring 2015, Jenny Hottle, Talia Richman, and Jamie Weissman
- The Great Fire of 1912, Spring 2015, Dylan French, Christophe Istsweire, and Tyler North
- Sights on McKeldin Mall, Spring 2017, Samantha Waldenberg, James Wallenmeyer, and Jay Westreich
- Where Do I Park?, Spring 2017, Eric Segev and Tim Holzberg
- “There’s Something Happening Here”: The National Guard at the University of Maryland, 1970-1972, Spring 2017, Ian Bucacink, Alan Wierdak, and Adam Levey
- History of the University of Maryland Student Government Association, Spring 2018, Chris Keosian and Alex Flum
- A Royal Visit, Spring 2019, Caralyn Anderson and Wes Brown
The posters will remain on view in the Portico Room (Room 2109) in McKeldin until summer 2020.
Stop by to enjoy our students’ creativity and expertise. If you are a Terp looking for a spring course, we hope you will be inspired to join us on Thursday afternoons from 2 to 4:30 PM to learn more about the history of the University of Maryland. A general description of the course appears below. Hope to see you in class!
HIST 429F: SPECIAL TOPICS IN HISTORY:
MAC TO MILLENIUM: HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
THURSDAYS, 2-4:30 PM, ROOM 3210, HORNBAKE LIBRARY
Through an extensive review of primary documents and secondary literature, lectures, and guest presentations, students will gain an overview of the history of the University of Maryland, from its founding as the Maryland Agricultural College in 1856 to the present day. This class will frequently require you to visit the University of Maryland Archives in Hornbake Library to review primary sources or to examine sources online that the Archives has digitized and is heavily research-based. The majority of the class sessions will consist of two parts. The instructor will lecture and lead discussion on the assigned topic for the week and the required readings during the first half of the class. The second portion of most weekly sessions will feature a guest speaker who will present his/her/their perspective on the assigned topic for the week; as of mid-September, speakers who have committed to present include Missy Meharg, head field hockey coach, Marilee Lindemann, director of College Park Scholars, Marsha Guenzler-Stevens, Director of The Stamp, and former USM Chancellor Brit Kirwan.
Assignments consist of:
- Poster creation and presentation—30%. Students will work in groups to create a poster exploring an event or theme in university history which will be presented in class and displayed on Maryland Day.
- Historical item analysis assignment—15%. Each student will be assigned an item from the University Archives’ collections to analyze by responding to a series of questions and preparing a brief entry for the Archives’ Terrapin Tales blog.
- Year in the Life of Maryland—35%. The final paper (10-12 pages) will consist of a series of letters written from the perspective of a senior student in an assigned academic year. Research into the events of that academic year will shape the content of the letters.
The remainder of the grade for the class will consist of points awarded for class participation and attendance and successful completion of weekly reading assignments.
Questions about this class may be directed to the instructor: Anne Turkos, University Archivist Emerita, 301-405-9060 or email@example.com