Experiencing History – Understanding Donald James McDougall

As the Department of History joins in today’s commemoration of all veterans, we are honored to feature the related work of one of our most recent graduates, Meghan McDougall (’15). While completing her senior year at Ball State, Meghan desired to compile a narrative which encapsulated the experience of her great-grandfather, Donald James McDougall, as … Read more

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Why Choose Ball State?

Ball State University, it’s a mid-sized school, with about 16,000 to 20,000 students enrolled. Majors range from telecommunications and actuarial science to elementary education and public history- and everything in between. The campus itself has a diverse student and faculty population, with a variety of students from different backgrounds, communities, and locations. Why should you … Read more

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“The Underground Railroad in Indiana” – Jeannie Regan-Dinius

Ball State Alumnus Jeannie Regan-Dinius had a full house for her presentation “The Underground Railroad in Indiana” at Carnegie Library. As the Director of Special Initiatives for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Historic Preservation and Archeology, one of her projects has been to research the roll Indiana had in the Underground Railroad. … Read more

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An Alumnus Reflects: Historian in the Making

When I first arrived at Ball State University I was unsure of what I would find. Just weeks before I had discovered the BSU history department’s website, decided to apply for graduate school, and been accepted. With two days before classes began I pulled into Muncie with my car loaded down and quickly rented an apartment north of … Read more

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An Aspiring Historian Abroad

This past spring, I joined three other Ball State undergraduates of diverse majors and backgrounds for participation in a study abroad exchange program conducted jointly through Ball State’s Rinker Center for International Programs and Keele University in the United Kingdom. Throughout the British spring term – which runs from mid-January to mid-June – I received … Read more

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Department of History Student Interns with Ball State University Archives

An undergraduate student studying within the Department of History, I accepted an internship position with the Drawings + Documents Archive at Ball State University late last spring. My term as an intern, now in its second half, will last through the greater portion of the fall semester during the upcoming 2015-2016 school year. The archive is located within … Read more

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African American Alumni Oral Histories

“The Ball State University African American Alumni Oral Histories collection provides online access to 20 interviews conducted with African Americans who attended or worked at Ball State University between 1950 and 2010 regarding their lives, careers, and college or graduate school experiences.  Interviews were conducted and recorded by Ball State University Honors College and Public History Program students … Read more

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Dr. Michael Doyle: “Free Radicals: How the Sixties Counterculture Transformed American Culture and Vice Versa.”

On April 21, Dr. Michael Doyle gave his sabbatical lecture “Free Radicals: How the Sixties Counterculture Transformed American Culture and Vice Versa.” He displayed the fruits of his labor in a manner typical of historians by bringing in a cartload of books read during his research. Dr. Doyle used the books as examples of the … Read more

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The Story of Mankind: What it takes to Write History

Half of her office is surrounded by books, several which are related to her specialty, while others are from reputable academic journals, such as the American Historical Review. After years of studying, writing, and interpreting history as a student, Elizabeth Lawrence now finds herself at Ball State University, teaching history to her own students while … Read more

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Frank A. Bracken, Civil War

These words have been ringing in my ears for a few months now. The Civil War Exhibit in Archives and Special Collections has been my project and, quite honestly, my life. This exhibit really allowed me the chance to research and show my skills as a historian professionally, but also allowed me the chance to … Read more

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