2016 Fall

The NEHA Fall 2016 Conference was held at Rivier University in Nashua, New Hampshire on Saturday, October 22, 2016


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All sessions in Memorial Hall


First Morning Sessions, 8:30-10:00

[Session 1 cancelled, combined with Session 9]

8:30 Session 2: War and Order (MEM 203)
Chair/Respondent: Jeff Fortin, Emmanuel College

“’Lay a Sure Foundation to their Future Happinesse’: Native-Colonist Wars and the Establishment of English Power in 17th Century New England”
Richard Collins, Fitchburg State University
“’Their Loss was Necessarily Severe’: the 12th New Hampshire at the Battle of Chancellorsville”
Nathan Marzoli, U.S. Army Center of Military History
“The Attempt: President Richard Nixon, Kent State, the Lincoln Memorial Visit, and the Reaction to a National Tragedy”
Shawn Driscoll, Worcester State University

8:30 Session 3: The Ideology of Imperialism and Resistance (MEM 205)
Chair/Respondent: Erik Jensen, Salem State University

“Converting the Hospital: British Missionaries and Medicine in 19th Century Madagascar”
Thomas Anderson, Merrimack College
“Landscapes, Gardens, and Politics in Late Colonial History, 1919-1947”
Sharmishtha Roy Chowdhury, University of Connecticut
“’Let Us Hold High the Banner of Intercommunalism and the Invincible Thoughts of Huey P. Newton’: The Vietnam War and the Ideological Development of the Black Panther Party”
Stephen Milligan, University of New Hampshire

8:30 Session 4: Challenge and Change in American Schools (MEM 206)
Chair/Respondent: Andrew Smith, Nichols College

“Hartford as School Health Hub, 1815-1830s”
Rebecca R. Noel, Plymouth State University
“Race at Oberlin College: The Limits of Toleration in the Progressive Era”
Douglas Slaybaugh, Saint Michael’s College
“Huge Monsters: The 1925 Dartmouth Big Green, ‘The Present Evil’, and the Transformation of College Football”
Derek Charles Catsam, University of Texas at the Permian Basin and Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa

8:30 Session 5: New in Political Biography (MEM 303)
Chair/Respondent: Richard Allan Gerber, Southern Connecticut State University

“The Limits of Progressivism: The Administrations of Governors John A. Johnson and Floyd B. Olson of Minnesota”
Bruce Cohen, Worcester State University
“A Tale of Two Chaplains: Timothy Dwight and Joel Barlow in the Revolutionary War”
Robert J. Imholt, Albertus Magnus College
“The Congressional Career of Charles W. Tobey of New Hampshire”
Philip A. Grant, Pace University

8:30 Session 6: Roundtable: For the Unity of the Republic: The Story Behind the Worcester Soldiers’ Monument Biography Project (MEM 304)
Chair/Respondent: Michael Baker, Worcester State University

“Bring it All Together: Creating a Class Around the Lives of the Civil War Dead”
Linda Hixon, Worcester State University
“Giving Their Lives Back: Selective Biographies of the Men on the Monument”
Zachary Washburn, Worcester State University
“Sifting Out and Dusting Off Personal Stories”
Ahenebah Nez Lane, Worcester State University
“A Rededication to the Fallen: Worcester State University’s Unique Historical Opportunity”
Marc Speroni, Worcester State University
“Stories of Those Immortalized in Books and Statues”
Laura Sutter, Worcester State University

Break for Book Exhibit and Refreshments 10:00 – 10:30

Second Morning Sessions, 10:30 – 12:00

10:30 Session 7: The Long 60s (1860s and 1960s) and Race in America (MEM 102)
Chair: Patrick Lacroix, University of New Hampshire

“Jones v. Alfred H. Mayer Co. and the Civil Rights Act of 1866: An Historical Inquiry”
Richard Allan Gerber, Southern Connecticut State University
“Black Skin, White Campus: The Student Movement Against Color-Blind Liberalism in 1960s California”
Andrew S. Higgins, University of California, Davis
“A Matter of Violence: The Difference Between the Philosophies and Tactics of Martin Luther King and Francis Schaeffer”
Colin McConarty, Boston College
“Student Protests and Reinterpreting History on University Campuses”
Marcia G. Synnott, University of South Carolina

Respondent: Kristen Petersen, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

10:30 Session 8: Story-Telling and Understanding Morality in American History (MEM 203)
Chair/Respondent: Ian Delahanty, Springfield College

“A Trifling Sum: The Tale of the Purchase of Manhattan, 1844-1909”
Stephen McErleane, State University of New York at Albany
“Maine Morality: Henry Clay and the Presidential Election of 1844 Through the Lends of The Daily Argus of Portland, Maine”
Laura Ellyn Smith, University of Mississippi
“James Parker: Hero of the McKinley Assassination, and the Pursuit of Full African-American Citizenship”
Nicolas Hardisty, Rhode Island College

10:30 Session 9: Approaches to the Great War (MEM 205)
Chairs: Mary Tower, Emmanuel College and Allison Horrocks

“Facing the Enemy in the First World War: Personal Diaries During the Occupation of the Italian Veneto”
Teresa Fava Thomas, Fitchburg State University
“Satirizing Wilson: The Italian Nationalist Press, the American President, and the Controversy of Versailles”
Daniel Squizzero, Northeastern University
“International Intimacy: The Soviet Woman Project”
Alexis Peri, Boston University

Respondent: Melanie Murphy, Emmanuel College

10:30 Session 10: Understanding the Natural World in the United States (MEM 206)
Chair/Respondent: Jason W. Smith, Southern Connecticut State University

“The Whale That Went West: Exploring the Frontiers of Nineteenth-Century Oceanic Natural Knowledge”
Christopher L. Pastore, State University of New York at Albany
“Where the Heart Is: Environmentalism in the American Home and Imagination, 1945-1999”
Michael McLean, Boston College

10:30 Session 11: “To Be Present and Tell Their Story:” Three Perspectives on Race and Public Space (MEM 303)
Chair/Respondent: Elizabeth Herbin-Triant, University of Massachusetts Lowell

“From ‘Behind the Scenes’ to Public Condemnation: The Ideology Espoused by Elizabeth Keckley”
Melinda Marchand, Clark University
“’Unwritten Law’: Race and the Chicago Department Store, 1900-1930”
Lindsay Allen, Clark University
“’What Happened in Springfield’: Activism and the Incident at the Octagon Lounge, 1965”
Christopher Tucker, Clark University

10:30 Session 12: Roundtable: Teaching and Learning Historical Skills Through a Crowdsourced Women’s History Project (MEM 304)

Laura Prieto, Simmons College
Beth A. Salerno, Saint Anselm College
Sarah Hummel, undergraduate student at Saint Anselm College
Lily-Gre Hitchen, undergraduate student at Saint Anselm College
Kathleen Melendy, undergraduate student at Simmons College
Flannery La Grua, graduate student at Simmons College
Anna Faherty, graduate student at Simmons College

12:15 – 1:35 Lunch and Business Meeting — Memorial Hall

Afternoon Sessions, 1:45 – 3:15

1:45 Session 13: Men, Men, Men, Men… (MEM 102)
Chair/Respondent: Gayle Fischer, Salem State University

“Ernest Hemingway in World War II”
Anders Greenspan, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
“Franklin Graham Funding and Staffing Samaritan’s Purse Through His Appeals to Christian Manliness in his Writings”
Jacob Hicks, Florida State University

1:45 Session 14: Labor in the Long Gilded Age (MEM 203)
Chair/Respondent: Clifford Putney, Bentley University

“Spinning Frustration; Weaving Upheaval: New England Mill Life and the Transformation of Working-Class Politics, 1900-1928”
Robert Chiles, University of Maryland
“The Expulsion of W. J. Gill: Masculinity and the Workingman in Gilded Age America”
Julie McVay, University of Maryland

1:45 Session 15: Telling the Story of World War II (MEM 205)
Chair/Respondent: Kelsey McNiff, Endicott College

“Il Duce’s Rome: Shaping the Past, Controlling the Future”
Mary K. Tower, Emmanuel College
“Charting the Contours of Holocaust Reception”
Melanie Murphy, Emmanuel College
“Litigating Hiroshima: The Shimoda Case and its Implications”
Lori Zibel, University of New Hampshire

1:45 Session 16: New Historiographical Approaches (MEM 206)
Chair/Respondent: Don Wyatt, Middlebury College

“To Cut off the Head: The Death or Capture of Kings in Medieval Battle, ca. 500-1500”
Robert Holmes, Independent Scholar
“Aphoristic Possibilities: Daniel Collins and the Collective Memory of Maritime Trauma”
Zachary J. Martin, Salem State University
“Platform for Discontent: Understanding History through Heavy Metal Music”
Matthew Vajda, Worcester State University

1:45 Session 17: “Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History”… Sometimes They End up Dead (MEM 303)
Chair/Respondent: Susan Ouellette, St. Michael’s College

“’Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History’… Sometimes They End up Dead”
Lynne Byall Benson, Bunker Hill Community College
Kenneth Paulsen, Bunker Hill Community College

1:45 Session 18: Workshop: Introduction to Digital History Pedagogy (MEM 304)

Jessica Parr, University of New Hampshire, Manchester
Ella K. Howard, Wentworth Institute of Technology