Coy James Memorial Lecture 2011

In October, award winning documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns' "Prohibition" made its PBS debut.  In keeping with that theme, the Albion College History Department is pleased to announce the Coy James Memorial History Lecturer for 2011, Dr. Philp P. Mason, Author and Emeritus Distinguished Professor of History at Wayne State University and the former Director of the Archives of Labor & Urban Affairs at the Walter P. Reuther Library.

"Rum Running & the Roaring Twenties: Michigan and Prohibition"


The event will be held Thursday, November 10 in Bobbitt Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.  The program is free and the public is invited!

Student News

The History Department is endowed to award a number of scholarships and prizes to outstanding History majors, from sophomores to graduating seniors. Our prize-winners for 2009-10:

Louis Kraus received the Julian S. Rammelkamp Award in American History, in recognition of his thesis on "Ser Bracero: The Mexican Perspective of Guest Worker Programs Inside the U.S. from 1951-1964." Louis presented his findings at the Elkin Isaac Research Symposium. His thesis received the Edmund and Kathleen Jenkins Award that recognizes outstanding scholarship by members of the Honors Institute.

The Julian S. Rammelkamp Junior Scholarship in History was awarded to juniors Laurie Anderson, Shannon Crocker, Kerri Marowske, and David Tillery. Laurie is currently completing a semester at Alcala in Spain. Kerri, a future teacher, returns to the history-themed day camp, "Ribbon Farm Days," at the Grosse Pointe Historical Society in summer 2010; she will serve as the Camp Director's Assistant. David is preparing to apply to medical school.

Andrew Kercher received the Phillip H. and Shirley Kennedy Battershall Scholarship, in conjunction with the Ford Institute. He will work as a Historical Interpreter through the Mackinac State Historic Parks system in summer 2010, representing a British Redcoat at the Colonial Fort Michilimackinac site in Mackinac City. Andrew muses, "What a sweet job I have this summer! I am obviously very excited to get to work so closely with military and Michigan history."

The David Morris-Eldridge Pierce Sophomore Scholarship in History was awarded to Heather de Bari. Heather took part in the Holocaust Studies Service Learning Program in Poland in 2009. She will study in St. Petersburg, Russia in Fall 2010.

Chelsea Denault received the Michael W. Grice '63 Memorial Scholarship in History. She will participate in the ACM Newberry Seminar in the Humanities at the Newberry Library in Chicago for Fall 2010. Chelsea looks forward to investigating her interests in colonial U.S. history.

Kristina Polk has been awarded the Stone Memorial Scholarship. She plans to study in New Zealand in 2011.

The History Department also congratulates …

Mallory Fellows, History and Chemistry senior, conducted research on "Expression of Femininity in the British Empire: The Significance of Femininity in England and India Revealed through Isabel Savory's A Sportswoman in India." Mallory worked under the direction of Chris Hagerman; she presented her findings at the Elkin Isaac Research Symposium.

Kat Kohn on her acceptance to the School of Law at the University of Detroit-Mercy, where she intends to specialize in immigration law.

Jocelyn (Manby) Ireland was accepted into the Master's program in Library Science at the University of New York at Albany.

Here is some news for Departmental publicity about an alumna who was a History major and who has also recently earned a Master's Degree in History from the University of Loyola, Chicago:

Elizabeth Vogel is one of 18 Trustees of the Grosse Pointe Historical Society. She is currently chair of the Membership Committee, which is comprised of 863 active members.

As her first major initiative, she is working to increase membership and interest in the Society in a younger age range. She is targeting younger families and GP singles to try and create more eve nts and fund-raising opportunities that meet the needs of a younger crowd.

As part of that initiative, she is forming a group called, "Legacies of The Pointe." Their first meeting is October 21. Their plan is to to sponsor fundraising parties that are more affordable ($30/head vs. the major annual gala that is $125/head). With increased revenue, the group can aid the plan to digitilize their archives, and hopefully have enough money to support a fulltime director (which had to be cut last year due to decreased donations).

Another project this group will work on is bringing the Library of Congress movable exhibit, "Gateway to Knowledge," to the Grosse Pointe area. This will be a collaborative effort with the 13th district (hopefully Hansen Clarke, with whom is 100% behind the project) the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, and the Grosse Pointe Public Libary.

In regards to digitializing archives, the GPHS has blueprints to about 1,000 homes in Grosse Pointe Farms, and may be receiving as a gift, thousands more from the Pointes. They have some very unique and archtecturally significant properties … for instance: the Punch & Judy Building (Robert O. Derrick) and the Central Library Branch—designed by Marcel Lajos Breuer—who studied and taught at the Bauhaus. Those are just a few commercial examples, but residential examples include homes built by Derrick, Albert Kahn, and other notable architects.

In other news …

As a part of the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce, Vogel serves on a committee called "Live Well in Grosse Pointe," which recently secured $70,000 from Wayne County Parks and Recreation to use towards Bike Routes through GP. Elizabeth has been working with the five mayors of GP, their city councils, SEMCOG (South Eastern Michigan Council of Governments), and state representatives. Read the most recent press release.