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Upcoming Events

History Department
E332 Thompson Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
Phone: (716) 673-3277
Fax: (716) 673-3332

Recent Events

Guest Speaker:  Spencer Morgan, author Western New York Steel (April 2014)

Honors Capstone Conference:  Conflicts and Crises in African History (November 2013)

Conference: Shifting Paradigms in Religious Studies (April 2013)

Phi Alpha Theta Conference

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Williams Center S204


The History Department will host the Western New York Regional Conference of Phi Alpha Theta on Saturday, April 18. Forty students from Fredonia and seven other universities and colleges will be presenting their research on various topics at the conference.  Eight Fredonia students will be presenting: James Coughlin, Jason Pandich, Alissa Moseley, Emily Mueller, Morgan Rybak, Gregory Pinto, Emily Zane, and Natalie Malick. The conference is open to the public. All sessions take place in the Williams Center S204 rooms between 9 and 3 Saturday.  Click here for the tentative conference schedule.

Civil War sesquicentennial observed with several events including Reed Library exhibit

Fredonia will host, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” a traveling exhibition, in the Reed Library. Opening March 25, the exhibit examines how President Abraham Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War: the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties.

 Honors Senior Capstone Conference



Buffalo River History (and Future) Tour

Sunday, September 28th

The Department of History, in conjunction with the History Club, will be taking a journey back in time to Buffalo's heyday when it was the start and end point of the Erie Canal, and was the largest grain entrepôt in the world.  Our guide, the Buffalo River History Tour company, will take us on a two hour tour by boat along the Buffalo River, offering a unique view of the world's largest standing collection of grain elevators - the "cathedrals" of the grain industry.  Our tour also includes a stop at Silo City - site of Buffalo's new annual City of Night arts festival - where we will get to explore inside an elevator.

The tour will also include the present and future of Buffalo, featuring developments such as the massive environmental clean-up of the river that is underway; the ongoing development of Canalside - an entertainment, shopping, and parks complex - based around the mouth of the Erie Canal; and other upcoming business and entertainment investments such as HarborCenter, Buffalo Riverworks, and the construction of SolarCity at Riverbend which will bring thousands of new jobs to Buffalo.

buffalo grain elevator

 Guest Speaker & Presentation

The Department of History is pleased to present:

Dr. Stanley Weintraub

Pennsylvania State University, Professor Emeritus
Evan Pugh Professor of Arts and Humanities
Author of Multiple Books including
Silent Night:  The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce

"Peace is Harder to Make than War:  The WWI Christmas Truce"

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
Thompson Hall W101
Refreshments will be served afterwards in the
Japanese Garden at the Reed Library
christmas truce

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