Errors Caught and Lessons Learned

Earlier today, when I came into work, my boss at the archives gave me some copies of old articles of the Morris Tribune from 1917-1919 that he had recently come across.

Although I’ve considered myself formally done with my research for a few weeks now–I mean, our website is due next week–I was grateful that he thought of the project. I decided they might have some nice information in them to beef up my existing pages on the website. I never got around to looking at the newspapers when I did my initial research, though it probably would have been a good idea.

Good thing I decided to take a look, too: as I was looking through the articles related to the West Read More

Business as Usual

Well, yeah, I guess.

Today I went to the museum in town to watch the World War I documentary that they made last year. Colm told me about it ages ago, though I forgot about it; he reminded me that it existed when we were both doing research over there on Friday.

I decided I might as well get around to watching it. Even though I’m focusing on the WCSA specifically, I figured it was a good idea to know what was going on in the county during the Great Read More

Responding to Some Readings and Stuff

For our class readings tomorrow, I was drawn into a piece on Writing History in the Digital Age that was similar in content to research I had done last semester in a composition studies course, research that I will be presenting in April at our Undergraduate Research Symposium on campus. Composition studies is fantastic, for the record, and everyone should take a comp studies class at some point. That’s just my two cents, though it’s beside the point. Anyways, what’s important is the research I completed in my class. My topic? To create a new, writing based pedagogy for lower-level history courses that focuses on developing critical thinking skills. The traditional introductory survey course in history is lecture based with little chance for writing or critical thinking and my Read More

Chugging Along

Research is rollling along. I meant to call the museum on Friday, but ended up getting busy with something else and completely forgot. I finally remembered to call them yesterday and ended up having to leave a message for them. I’m going to try again tomorrow and hopefully I’ll be able to get in touch with someone. Last spring when I was doing my honors capstone project, which focused on the early day of Morris in the 1880s, I got in touch with a woman who Read More

Because all Research Begins Somewhere…

I admit that I feel a little behind in my research.

As I was browsing through some of my fellow classmates’ blogs, I was astounded by how much some of them have already done. I was getting a little down on myself for not having done even have of that research.

Truthfully, I’ve been quite busy. I work for the Office of Residential Life as a student hall director here at Morris and in the week before classes started, I was busy with winter training. Since classes started, I’ve been trying to figure out Read More

Welcome One, Welcome All: An Introduction to My Blog

Hello there, I’m Britta, a fourth year History and English major at the University of Minnesota-Morris.

Over the course of Spring Semester 2015, I will be participating in Century America, a unique and exciting course sponsored by COPLAC that extends across both the U.S. and Canada. My professors reside in different states…in fact, we aren’t even in the same time zone. My classmates? Other than my research partner at UMM, they all attend different schools. The class meets over video conference. We haven’t met in real life, but we are very much together Read More