Friday, April 18, 2014

Public History BA to MA Degrees at the Ohio State University

Department of History, Public History BA/MA Degree

The Ohio State University is now offering a combined BA/MA in public history, in other words it is a degree centered around "any of the ways in which academically trained historians work and engage with a wider public. Sometimes this means work in libraries, archives and museums. But public historians work in the private sector, the non-profit world and in government at the local, state and national levels."

Those Eligible Include Those Who:
  • have completed, or are taking, at least 18 semester credit hours of history courses 
  • have completed, or are taking, History 2800
  • have completed, or are taking, a 4000-level Readings in History seminar
  • have a cumulative GPA in Ohio State courses of at least 3.50

Requirements for the Combined BA/MA:
  • Students must fulfill all of the requirements for the History BA Major, 33 semester credit hours.
  • Students will then be required to complete 30 semester credit hours of graduate coursework for the MA in addition to the coursework required for the BA.
  • Up to 12 hours of graduate coursework can "overlap" and be counted simultaneously toward the requirements for the BA and MA.

Application Check List
*Note: Application Deadline for this Year has already passed*
  • Cover Form
  • 500 word statement of purpose
  • Transcript
  • Writing sample
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Completed Graduate School Online Application
    • remember to fill out the Combined Degree Form

For more information contact Professor Steven Conn, 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Weaving and Protecting a History: A Conversation with Basket-Maker Kelly Church (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Ojibwe)

Baskets made by Kelly Church (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Ojibwe). Photo courtesy of The National Museum of the American Indian and Kelly Church.
Baskets made by Kelly Church (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Ojibwe).
Photo courtesy of The National Museum of the American Indian and Kelly Church.
March 14, 2014.
Paul Niemi, of The National Museum of the American Indian, has written an interesting and informative blog interview with basket maker Kelly Church (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Ojibwe) describing her work as an Anishinaabe artist along with the long tradition associated within her family for basket making.

"She says modern-day indigenous people of the Great Lakes make baskets for their own utilitarian purposes. Today's needs are somewhat different, but all in all, tradition finds its place with necessity. Fancy baskets are meant to be eye-catching and pleasing. As in days of old, they are made to sell on the collectors' market to help support the maker's family. "We are influenced and live in a much different world than our ancestors, but we honor them in all ways still," Church says. That includes harvesting trees by family, processing the materials together, and weaving baskets for use and shoonya (money). "We still lay down our saama(tobacco) and give our thanks. Our basket styles and shapes are influenced by our everyday lives." "

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tribal Governments and Violence Against Women Act- Pilot Project

March 31, 2014.

Jennifer Davis, a guest poster on the In Custodia Legis: Law Librarians of Congress Blog, has written an informative post about the recent re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)'s pilot program with the Department of Justice and three tribal governments to "exercise special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction (SDVCJ) over all persons, regardless of their Indian or non-Indian status”.

"In the last thirty years or so, since the Supreme Court published its 1978 opinion in Oliphant v. Suquamish Indian Tribe, tribes have not had this level of jurisdictional authorityDespite having their own constitutions and corporate charters (the Umatilla and Tulalip Constitutions, and the Tulalip Corporate Charter are available to read on the Law Library’s American Indian Constitutions and Legal Materials Web page) and treaties with the United States (the Tulalip treaty is in the Library’s general collection), tribal courts could not do anything to prosecute violent crimes committed by non-Indians in Indian country. "

Monday, April 14, 2014

OSU Student Adventures in Collections: Part 3

March 26, 2014.
Lauren Hammersmith, an Anthropology student at the Ohio State University, has written an interesting continuation of her previous guest post on the Ohio Historical Society Archaeology Blog, about her experiences in Dr. Deanna Grimstead's archaeological laboratory methods course. 

"The last few classes I have been doing lithic analysis, which is something I have never done (only learned about).  Because of this, it has taken me awhile to get the hang of sorting the artifacts.  In figure A, I took a picture of the form we have been using to analyze the lithics. Basically we sort the artifacts into debitage (shatter), flakes, cores, and formal tools.  My assemblage has been mostly flakes and shatter, but sometimes I have had a lot of difficulty telling the difference between the two."

Thursday, April 10, 2014

SURI- Summer Undergraduate Research Institute

"The Summer Undergraduate Research Institute is designed to enhance the professional and social experience of summer undergraduate researchers through a series of enrichment programs. All undergraduate researchers are welcome to participate, free of charge, whether participating in formal, organized research programs, or conducting independent research under the guidance of a faculty mentor."

All SURI students are invited to present their summer research accomplishments at the 

Fall Student Poster Forum

a non-juried, celebration of undergraduate research

on Friday, September 12, 2014 in Thompson Library.

Abstracts are due by Friday, August 1st, 2014. 

Guidelines for abstract submission will be available in May.
Don't miss this opportunity to practice your presentation skills and to share your summer research with the Ohio State community!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Chief Glenna Wallace (Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma) Talks About What Ohio Means to Her

Chief Glenna Wallace, the first woman to be elected chief of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, shares what the state of Ohio means to her.  Ohio was the ancestral homeland of the Shawnee prior to their removal in the 19th century. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Virtual Museum of Canada

"As an endless source of discoveries, is a unique interactive space that brings together Canadian museum collections and riches in a variety of thought-provoking and instructive contents. It’s the window on current museum news and the reference guide to planning an outing."

"find museum collections from such fields as archaeology, decorative arts, fine arts, ethnology and history. Artefacts Canada - Humanities includes close to 4 million object records and 800,000 images from hundreds of museums across the country. It is used by national and international audiences to research and discover the fascinating world of Canadian cultural collections."

  • Museum Type
  • Museum
  • Province
  • Member
  • Learning Resources
    • Theme
    • Grade
    • Location
  • Lesson Plans
    • "All Public Lessons-Lessons contributed by schools or museums"
    • Les Iroquoiens
    • 4 Iroquois Kings Visit London
    • The Voice of First Nations Contemporary Art
    • Making Music- An Expression of Culture
    • Astronomy and Indigenous Cultures
  • Newsletter

Monday, April 7, 2014

Academic Enrichment Grant Spring 2014

Application and Supporting Documentation Due April 21, 2014.

Academic Enrichment Grants (AEGs) range from $100 to $1,200 to fund academic experiences not limited to the classroom. New recipients are selected during application cycles in November, February, and April.
Funds are available for students of all undergraduate majors and can be utilized for a variety of purposes, including, but limited to, research, creative work, and professional development.

What Can be Funded?
  • materials and supplies
  • travel
  • media and technology support
Overall, AEGs are intended to finance collegiate learning experiences that occur beyond time in class. The above list is not exhaustive and all students pursuing projects that will enrich their undergraduate experience are encouraged to apply.

at 614-292-2101 or

Friday, April 4, 2014

Ohio's Adena Effigy Pipe Featured in International Art Exhibit

Dr. Bradley Lepper, curator of archaeology for the Ohio Historical Society, shares on the society's blog that Ohio's state artifact, the Adena effigy pipe, has traveled to Paris where he will be featured in a major exhibition. 

The pipe is on display at the Musée du Quai Branly as part of the exhibit entitled Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky. The exhibit runs there from April 7 through July 20, after which it will travel to Kansas City before visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. 

See the blog post for more information.