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History Department receives Heritage Center Service Award

Western Oregon University’s History Department has been selected for the 2013 Heritage Center Service Award from the Willamette Heritage Center in Salem, Ore. This award is in recognition of the department’s meritorious efforts in support of the Willamette Heritage Center’s mission and vision. The award will be presented during the 21st annual Heritage Awards dinner on April 19. Specifically, the award recognizes the WOU History Department for the contribution of graduate and undergraduate student roles in service to public history initiatives at the Willamette Heritage Center.

“The 15 students specifically recognized in this award represent continuing collaborative efforts since the recent formation of the Willamette Heritage Center (WHC). We are particularly grateful for more than two decades of mutual support and mentoring involving our students with heritage professionals at the WHC and its predecessor institutions, the Marion County Historical Society and the Mission Mill Museum. Our students and our programs have been greatly enriched by this ongoing collaboration, and this recognition of the service of this department, particularly by these undergraduate students, demonstrates a core value of our programs in the Department of History at this university, where we are committed to academic excellence in service to the communities of which we are also a part,” said Dr. Max Geier, professor of history and chair of the History Department.

Service on the Editorial Board for Willamette Valley Voices: Connecting Generations
Jeff Sawyer (WOU graduate student, history B.A. and M.A. degrees)
Duke Morton (WOU graduate student)
Hannah Marshall (WOU graduate student, history B.A. and M.A. degrees)
Diane Huddleston (WOU graduate student, history M.A. degree)

Research Internships to support Permanent Exhibit redesign for the Lee House, Boone House, and the Parsonage buildings at the Willamette Heritage Center:
Hannah Marshall (WOU graduate student, history B.A. and M.A. degrees)
Samantha Reining (WOU graduate student, history M.A. degree)
Jennifer Ross (WOU graduate student, history B.A., current history M.A. student)
Kate Claussen (WOU undergraduate student, current history B.A. student)

Research Internship to Support Development of Third Grade Curriculum
Sarah Hardy (WOU undergraduate student, history B.A.)

Presentation of Research in Fall Speaker Series at the WHC:
Jeff Sawyer (WOU graduate student, history B.A. and M.A. degrees)
Diane Huddleston (WOU graduate student, history  M.A. degree)
Samantha Reining (WOU graduate student, history B.A. and M.A. degrees)
Toni Rush (WOU graduate student, history B.A. and M.A. degrees)
Austin Schulz (WOU graduate student, history B.A. and M.A. degrees)

Contributions of articles for publication in WHC publication, Willamette Valley Voices
Diane Huddleston ((WOU graduate student, history M.A. degree)
*Toni Rush (WOU graduate student, history B.A. and M.A. degrees)
*winner of the annual award for best article in the publication for “Dancing its Way into your Heart: Cottonwoods Ballroom, 1930-1960″ (Summer 2012), pp. 9-17.

Presentations of Student Research at the 2012 Winter Forum on Women’s Voting Rights
Tayleranne Gillespie (WOU undergraduate history student)
Heidi Ramp (WOU undergraduate history student) 
Ariel Setniker (WOU undergraduate history student)
Zachary Jones (WOU undergraduate history student)
Kayla Ward (WOU undergraduate history student)

Presentation of Student Research at the WHC 2012 Summer History Pub
Sarah Hardy (WOU undergraduate student, history B.A.)

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About the Willamette Heritage Center
The Willamette Heritage Center, which was formerly the Marion County Historical Society and the Mission Mill Museum (before those two, separate organizations merged to form the WHC a few years ago), has been a long-term partner in offering internship, employment, research, and other professional opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in History programs at Western Oregon University for most of the past two decades. This formal recognition by the Board of Directors for the WHC is a credit to the recent and current students listed above, and to their predecessors, who were strong ambassadors for our university in collaboration with this nearby partner in the mid-valley heritage community.

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