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Registration will begin in late October, so now is the time to start thinking about your spring courses.  Courses are up on KeanWise and the advising edition of the newsletter will follow shortly.

Plan to join us for upcoming advising meetings!

October 21, 2014 at 3:15 PM, in Bruce 109 and at 6:30pm in T111.

Student Research Projects: 

Several Department of History students spent their summers doing original historical research.   For example, Jonathan Cutler worked on organizing Kean University library's collection of rare books.  David Lewis worked at Liberty Hall Museum cataloging the museum's collection of watches and clocks.  They have written about their experiences below.  

If you are interested in getting course credit for similar work, consider doing at internship.  The internship program in the Department of History is led by Dr. Nicholson.  She writes, "Wondering what you can do with a history degree?  One of the growing fields in historical studies is working in archives and old homes. Kean History Department is delighted to have a growing Internship Program which allows students to see how historians work. For 3 credits course work which counts towards your degree you can experience the workings of history first hand. If you are interested please contact Dr. Nicholson for more information!" 

Jonathan Cutler - Special Collections 

The Special Collections has over 1500 books (both old and new) in all sorts of conditions mostly related to New Jersey history. When Erin Alghandoor and I first looked at the books, it was a mess: the books were disorganized, cramped together in a hot, stuffy room (view pictures below). Luckily we worked together to move them to a better place with better shelving and to be stored at a temperature where they can maintain their composure. The books were then registered through an MS Excel spreadsheet, and organized in order by the call numbers. For me it was a fulfilling opportunity to be able to handle all these different kinds of books. Many were on New Jersey church history and local histories of townships and counties. But there were a few books in particular that caught my attention: the 1791(?) Bible and the circa 1770s book on the history of the Quakers—both whom had a sweet aroma, sort of like maple syrup (see photos below). For those who can spare a moment of their time and have the enthusiasm to organize these books and make them available for students, researchers, and history buffs alike, I encourage them to engage in this worthwhile experience.

David Lewis - Liberty Hall Museum

During this past Summer session, I created an internship for myself at Liberty Hall Museum right on our own campus! The Director of Museum Operations, Bill Schroh and I came up with a plan on how I would spend my internship at Liberty Hall. My proposal to Mr. Schroh and the Collections Manager, Rachael Goldberg, stated that I would inspect, photograph, research, and catalogue the collection of the Horological instruments in the John Kean Collection. If you are asking yourself what Horological instruments are, you are not alone. The phrase Horological instruments entails the various instruments that measure time such as wristwatches, pocket watches and clocks.

My process for each day was as follows: I would begin the day exploring the mansion to locate Horological instruments. After finding a timepiece, I would then write down the properties of that instrument. These properties include, the type of the Horological instrument, how the dial was decorated, what the case was made out of, the movement properties, the manufacturer or watch maker, and the back story of the instrument. After this note-taking, depending on the size of the instrument, I would either photograph the instrument where it stood or would take it into the mansion's attic and examine and photograph the case, dial, and movement. Furthermore, I would take what I learned from my notes and research the various different hallmarks and the manufacturers that the Horological instruments displayed. From the research that I found I would modify my notes and would type them into a list that I made describing the instruments that would eventually go to Rachael who would enter the information into a database called PassPerfect.


My internship at Liberty Hall Museum was a once-in-a lifetime chance for me as I learned not only about the Kean family and their history but also about the many facets of Horology. I learned about the complications, various different histories of manufacturers and horologists, and the status that their instruments can bring and how they reflect that status onto families like the Kean family.


“Making Good Neighbors: Community Organizing and Racial Integration in Postwar Philadelphia”

Presented by Dr. Abigail Perkiss
Liberty Hall Carriage House
Thursday, October 9th at 2:00 PM

Dr. Perkiss will present material from her new book, Making Good Neighbors: Civil Rights, Liberalism, and Integration in Postwar Philadelphia, which was published this spring by Cornell University Press.

"Born in the USA at 30: New Jersey and America in the Popular Image"

Bruce Springsteen - KEAN COLLEGE 1974

A discussion of the seminal album of Bruce Springsteen

By Dr. Louis Masur, Rutgers University

October 14, 2014 - Kean Hall 127 - 3:15pm

Open to all! 

Check out Bruce's setlist from his 1974 concert at Kean and pictures of the event!

"What's so Scary about Frankenstein?"

5tAnnual Halloween Lecture on the History of the Occult

October 28 - Carriage House - 3:15pm Presented by Dr. Lisa Nocks, NJIT

Open to the public

Field Trip to the Newark Museum

Wednesday, October 22, 2014– between 2:00-5:00 PM
And Thursday, October 23, 2014- between 2:00-5:00 PM

Join us for the field trip to Newark Museum, focusing on Asian Collections- 

* The most distinctive collection of Tibetan art in the Western Hemisphere and Buddhist Altar
* Korea, Land of the Diamond Mountains Celebrating 25 Years of Showcasing Korean Art
* From Meiji to Modern: Japanese Art Goes Global
* Tiaras to Toe rings, Asian Ornaments
* Re-Activating Chinese Antiquities 200 BC-2012 AD
* Buddhism, Taoism, Confucius and the Cult of Mao * China's China: Porcelain, Earthenware, Stoneware

Up to 10 spots available in two different days. First come first serve. Please bring your Kean University Students ID to sign up. To join contact: 

Melda N. Yildiz, AS 2000 Instructor,

Mark your Calendars

October 9: Faculty public lecture, Dr. Abigail Perkiss, "Making Good Neighbors: Community Organizing & Racial Integration in Post-War Philadelphia," 2pm, Carriage House.
October 14: 'Born in the USA at 30: New Jersey & America in the Popular Image,' Dr. Louis Masur, Rutgers University, Kean Hall 127, 3:15pm. Free and open to the public.
October 16: Writing Workshop, "How to write a history paper," 3:15pm T111 Map Room. Dr. Hyde.
October 18 & 19: "Elizabethtown, New Jersey 350," Historic reenactments of famous Revolutionary War events in Elizabeth & Union.
October 21: Student advising meeting for Spring 2015, 3:15 Bruce 109, and 6:30pm T111 Map Room.
October 25: The department will have a booth at the Homecoming celebration.
October 28: 5th Annual Halloween Lecture on the History of the Occult, "What's so Scary about Frankenstein?" Dr. Lisa Nocks, NJIT, 3:15pm Carriage House. Open to the public.
November 10: World War I  at 100:  Panel Discussion, 3:15pm, Carriage House.
November 21 & 22: NJHC New Jersey Forum, NJ350 Anniversary, Dr. Mercantini.