Montevallo in the Shadow of the Great War: A Website in Its Infancy

This week, I had a lot of non-Century America obligations that I had to fulfill, so I was not as productive as I perhaps would have liked to have been. I had to present my previous research project on Wednesday at UM’s Undergraduate Research Day, so I spent the first part of the week getting ready for that. However, on a positive note, I won 1st place in the oral presentation category!

Aside from that, I was able to dedicate the latter half of the week to the Century America project. I filled out the paperwork (abstract, presentation outlines, personal biography, etc.) necessary to present my Century America website at the COPLAC Southeastern Regional Undergraduate Research Conference, which my university is hosting this year. I found out on Friday that I have been accepted to present, so I will be showcasing my website at this conference on April 11 and 12.

I got another batch of scanned documents and images on Thursday, and I think some of the materials will be very useful in the section of my website detailing the wartime activities and environment of A.G.T.I. However, I will have to rescan some of these items if I want to include them on the Century America website. In addition to collecting my scans, I spent Thursday afternoon and Friday morning in the archives, and I found some interesting letters from President Palmer in which he talks about his son (the man pictured on my Century America website). During the period of the Great War, Palmer’s son was serving in the armed forces, and from what I can gather, he strongly desired the opportunity to serve in France. However, based off my readings of some of these letters, I do not believe he was ever shipped overseas. I’ve really enjoyed reading President Palmer’s documents, and I plan to highlight the Palmer family on my Century America website.

I am trying to dedicate as much time as I can now to getting all of my scans finalized, so that I will be able to work on the project while I travel to Ohio next week for spring break. I’m finishing up the “About the Project,” “About the Researcher,” “Bibliography,” and “Further Reading” sections today. Wish me luck!

P.S. I got a cool picture of a hawk on campus this week! Unfortunately, it was subsequently attacked by a group of crows. I’m looking for possible WWI metaphors.

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