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Welcome To The History Club AT SUNY ONEONTA!

Established in1988, the History Club is one of the State University of New York College at Oneonta’s most active social-academic organizations.  Throughout the year, the club sponsors a variety of on-campus activities. Each activity has one goal: creating a public space, beyond the classroom, where students can discuss, debate and learn about significant historical issues.  Along these lines, the Club has sponsored a number of public lectures; each lecture brought students and faculty together to explore topics ranging from a class analysis of the Beatles and their music to the way corporations often influence –sometimes shape– the foreign policy of the United States.  The club has organized a lecture series that will bring prominent historians to campus to discuss the history of American conservatism, the historical realities of the 1960s, America’s wild-west gun-slinger mentality and the evolving role of women in American society and culture.   
The club also sponsors off-campus activities. Recently, the club traveled to Washington DC to enjoy the wide variety of historical sites and museums in the city.  The club has also taken day trips to New York City and other local sites of interest.  In the future, the club plans to organize a number of weekend outings to other places, including the New York State Library and Cultural Center in Albany, NY and a visit to the Erie Canal Museum in Rome, NY.

In the fall of 2001, the History Club designed and produced a club t-shirt.  The t-shirt carries the Club’s slogan –Carve Your Future Out of the Past.  Now in 2005, these t-shirts are still around and are owned by almost all of the active members of the History Club.  Besides our active members, history majors, secondary education majors and members of the faculty have purchased an official History Club T-Shirt.  So as you walk around campus, keep an eye out for the History Club t-shirts.  Perhaps you'd even like to buy one!  All proceeds from the sale of the t-shirts go to support the Club’s activities.  In the past, these funds have helped to establish a College at Oneonta chapter of Phi Alpha Theta –the history honor society.  Our chapter, Alpha Kappa Iota, has been quite successful.  The best of history students have been honored with membership in this organization.  Dr. Ashbaugh of the history department is the faculty advisor for our chapter. 

The History Club worked with members of the History Department to establish an award in honor of a history major–Michael Wright.  The Michael Wright Book Award is an annual award granted to a senior history major.  The award fund will also support the purchase of history books and related material.  This material will be deposited in the James M. Milne Library in honor of Michael Wright and in the name of the award recipient.  Students, faculty and staff, from around the campus joined with the History Club to honor Michael Wright’s memory by contributing to this award fund.  In response to the number of innovative activities the club has organized on and off the campus, one faculty member declared that the History Club is “certainly one of the College’s most dynamic and active organizations.”

The History Club’s E-Board, its growing number of members, and its faculty advisors encourage History Majors, Secondary Education Majors and students with an interest in history to join the History Club.  We are seeking to increase our membership and also to increase the activity of our current members.  It is our goal to organize more programs and have more fundraisers to support more fun and exciting trips to various locations across the country.  If you want more information on the History Club please see the Links page or contact Dr. Beal, our faculty advisor.

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Carve Your Future Out Of The Past

Questions and comments:  History Club Web Coordinator              Last Updated 03/14/2007                           SUNY College at Oneonta History Club


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