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In Defense of Music History

Hello everyone! Sorry for my most recent hiatus, but I’m getting some more ideas for blog posts now, so hopefully I will be able to find some time to write! This semester, I’ve been doing a research project that will

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History of Africa

We’re back to school here at Messiah and it’s been an interest first day of classes. This semester I’m taking a class about the history of Africa taught by a man who grew up in Ethiopia. I’m sure it’ll be

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Professor Binns

For those of you who are familiar with the novel series, Harry Potter, you’ll need no explanation about the title of this post, but for others, let’s talk Harry Potter for a minute. Throughout the Harry Potter series, you meet many

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Much More than a Bearded Lady: Brief Thoughts on the Goal of History

I have been somewhat removed from consistent historical thinking since I graduated from Messiah College in May. No, let me rephrase. I have been removed from deliberate historical thinking since I graduated from Messiah College in May. That is to

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It’s a Jolly Holiday With Mary

Hi everyone! Today was the last day of my sophomore year of college and I am very excited to be home for the summer. This summer, in addition to reading, I will be continuing the City Social aspect of the

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How Many History Majors Does it Take to Start a Fire

Hi everyone! Today was the annual Department of History picnic. This is a fun tradition we have at Messiah where all of the students and available faculty come together for some time to relax and join together in fellowship before

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“I Always Hated History”

Hey friends, This past weekend, I took a day to visit one of my friends at Penn State-Hershey who is there to complete his nursing clinical.  As I was sitting around all these nurses making jokes about their various tests

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In Defense of History (And Humanities In General)

So today in my teaching history class, we spent the day discussing the importance of history.  For those of you who don’t know, the National Endowment for the Humanities has just taken a big cut in federal funding.  As a

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History Requires Interpretation

Hello friends, For my Teaching History class I am reading History on Trial, a book that walks through the many culture wars of history.  From the very founding of our nation, history has been a topic that has been fought over

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“History is useful tool, not answer to every problem”

I can remember that not too long ago, when I used to study history, I used to try to argue points, and only pull up supporting arguments from history, and ignore those that did not help my case.  As I

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