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US National Archives
06/04/2019

US National Archives

Today marks 100 years since the Senate passed the 19th Amendment.

Women fought long and hard for the franchise—the right to vote—for many reasons. Many suffragists argued that the right to vote should be universal and that it was unjust to bar American women from the polls. They also argued that women’s inability to vote resulted in economic, political, and social harm to them, their families, and their communities.

In 1879, Emily Barber, a teacher, sent this petition to Congress calling attention to the inequalities she endured as a wage-earning woman. She pointedly noted that she paid equal taxes with men but had no say in how they were spent, and that “with acknowledged superior capacities for teaching and governing schools,” she made only a third of male teachers’ pay at her school.

See more stories of suffrage in our new exhibit “Rightfully Hers” https://www.archives.gov/women
#RightfullyHers #19thAt100

Johnstown Flood National Memorial
05/31/2019

Johnstown Flood National Memorial

130 YEARS AGO...

THE FAILURE OF THE SOUTH FORK DAM, 3:10 PM:

“The immediate cause of the failure of the dam at South Fork was the steady deterioration of its outer surface, brought on by water rushing over the breast. Most eyewitnesses reported that the dam held for just about three hours after over-topping had begun eating away at the dam’s outer surface. When the pressure of the water being held in check by the dam was greater than the dam’s weakened capability to hold, a massive section of the middle of the dam moved away.” ("The 1889 Flood in Johnstown Pennsylvania," by Dr. Michael McGough)

20 million tons of water was unleashed, pouring over the dam 120 tons of water per second, until a 420 foot section of the dam, simply just pushed out. Less than 45 minutes the lake emptied! All that was left, was in ruin. Even after the waters from the dam drained, the streams that fed the reservoir were still making a stream five feet deep through what was once a lake. (mk)

Remembering the 1889 Johnstown flood today.
05/31/2019

Remembering the 1889 Johnstown flood today.

130 YEARS AGO...

Below South Fork, the flood waters met its next obstacle, The Conemaugh Viaduct. This massive stone structure had been built 50 years earlier, stood 75 feet high, and bridged the river gap with one-single eighty-foot arch. It was first built by the Allegheny Portage Railroad and by 1889 still used by the main line of the Pennsylvania.

The flood waters split in two, some slamming into the viaduct, some going around the giant oxbow behind. The bridge only held momentarily, until debris piling up and eventually sealing off the clogged arch. Flood waters now were mounting up 80 feet high, briefly forming Lake Conemaugh again, being held by another sort of dam, even about the same height as the original. However, "when this second dam let go, it did so even more suddenly and with greater violence than the first one. The bridge collapsed all at once, and the water exploded into the valley with its maximum power." Now it had a wave with a force comparable to Niagara Falls." (The Johnstown Flood, by David McCullough)

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05/23/2019

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Ah, sure to be a hit at this weekend's BBQ.

More appetizing mid-century food adventures from our National Museum of American History: http://s.si.edu/1950sFood

A few more pictures from the School of STEAM awards ceremony in April.
05/16/2019

A few more pictures from the School of STEAM awards ceremony in April.

Our page just reached 200 "likes"! Thank you to our students, alumni, parents, friends, and SFU colleagues for your supp...
05/16/2019

Our page just reached 200 "likes"! Thank you to our students, alumni, parents, friends, and SFU colleagues for your support! Here's one of your favorite pictures from Homecoming (2014? we need an alum to tell us the year!)

05/12/2019

CONGRATULATIONS Class of 2019. Your History and Political Science professors are so proud of you. Thank you for allowing us to share in your journeys.

05/08/2019
US National Archives

US National Archives

Happy World Red Cross Day!

This Red Cross uniform was worn by Florence Helm while in Italy during the First World War. It is now on display in our new exhibit, "Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote," opening on Friday, May 10.

https://www.archives.gov/women #RightfullyHers American Red Cross

Alumna Christie Olek knows a thing or two about Civil War limbs. Thanks for sharing Christie!
05/03/2019
Civil War Battlefield 'Limb Pit' Reveals Work Of Combat Surgeons

Alumna Christie Olek knows a thing or two about Civil War limbs. Thanks for sharing Christie!

Scientists have been analyzing bones first uncovered by a utility crew digging at the Manassas National Battlefield Park in Virginia. The remains provide insights into surgery during the Civil War.

05/01/2019

Friends, I just posted about Dr. Whisler becoming professor emeritus and in so doing realized how few pictures I have of Dr. Whisler. If you have good pictures of him could you send them to this page via private message or email me, Denise Damico, at ddamico at francis dot edu? Thank you :)

If you've been following our page for a while you may know it's pretty hard to find pictures of the elusive Dr. Tim Whis...
05/01/2019

If you've been following our page for a while you may know it's pretty hard to find pictures of the elusive Dr. Tim Whisler! We had to post a few today. Dr. Whisler brought us faculty together from all over the country and world to our SFU History and Poli Sci department, shaping a culture of collegiality, friendship, and academic excellence between faculty, students, and staff. Comments from Dr. Powell at last night's President's Awards Ceremony:
"On March 15, the Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Dr. Timothy Whisler to Professor Emeritus of History. After spending time in the CIA and earning his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics, Dr. Whisler joined Saint Francis University in 1992 and completed 26 years of service at the University. He excelled in teaching and served as a long-time campus leader, serving as History Department Chair, Faculty Senator, and Dean. His scholarship on the British automobile industry after World War II has earned international attention. Students, colleagues, and administrators benefited from his many accomplishments. One former colleague wrote, 'He is the least pretentious person you’ll ever meet who has published a book with Oxford University Press.' Another noted, 'Tim is equally comfortable discussing the finer points of economic history, the proper care and raising of chickens, and his famous theory about the hidden role of dogs at significant historical events.' Although Dr. Whisler is not able to attend tonight due to a prior commitment, please join me in recognizing his appointment as Professor Emeritus of History."

May Day!
05/01/2019

May Day!

Eugene Debs (1855-1926) went to prison several times for his beliefs. Debs was an American union leader, one of the founding members of the Industrial Workers of the World, and several times the candidate of the Socialist Party of America for President of the United States. Debs was instrumental in the founding of the American Railway Union, one of the nation's first industrial unions.

The NHPRC supported a project at Indiana State University to prepare a microfilm edition includes 7,000 letters concerning many of the reform movements of the period—peace, women’s rights, civil liberties, birth control, prison reform, and child labor. After that project was completed, the "Letters of Eugene V. Debs" were published in a selective three-volume edition. An abridged volume, "Gentle Rebel," was also published, in 1995 by the University of Illinois Press.

In June 1918, Debs had made a speech in Canton, Ohio, urging resistance to the military draft of World War I: "I may not be able to say all I think; but I am not going to say anything that I do not think. I would rather a thousand times be a free soul in jail than to be a sycophant and coward in the streets."

He was arrested and charged with ten counts of sedition. Following the trial, he appealed his conviction all the way to the Supreme Court, which found he had the intention and effect of obstructing the draft and military recruitment.

From his prison cell, Debs ran the last of his five races for President of the United States (1900, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1920). He received 919,799 votes (3.4%), slightly less than he had won in 1912, when he received 6%, the highest percentage of votes for a Socialist Party presidential candidate in the U.S. President Harding commuted Debs's sentence to time served, effective Christmas Day, 1921.

Additional information on the Indiana State University project at http://www.worldcat.org/title/letters-of-eugene-v-debs/oclc/805732295 for the selective print edition and http://www.worldcat.org/title/papers-of-eugene-v-debs/oclc/314549193 for the microfilm.

So proud of Ben and all of our future Social Studies teachers!
05/01/2019

So proud of Ben and all of our future Social Studies teachers!

Drum roll please! Last, but certainly not least.....meet Benjamin Bruni, our final Student Teacher Spotlight for this semester.

Mr. Ben Bruni is from Pittsburgh PA. He is a History and Secondary Education major as well as Captain of the football team. Ben was named an all conference linebacker. He is a member of the bridge program at Saint Francis as well.

Ben enjoys hanging out with his roommates and watching too much Netflix. He told us that he is obsessed with the Rick Riordan books. We love our teacher readers.

Mr. Bruni completed his student teaching at Hollidaysburg Junior High school in 7th grade World History and 8th grade United States Geography classrooms. His favorite lesson taught was about the Greek gods and Goddess's. He told us that mythology is one of his my favorite subjects and the students really enjoyed it as well.

"My favorite thing about student teaching has been getting to know the students and developing a good relationship. This experience has prepared me for so many situations that I didn't even know I would face. I am really enjoying it." Mr. Bruni said.

Congratulations Ben, on an outstanding football career and such a successful student teaching experience. We know you will do great things and we are excited to see where the future takes you. 👨‍🏫🙌🏈

#becomethatsomeone
#becomethateducator

More photos from the STEAM awards ceremony. Here we have Sara Snyder, winner of an Intrepid grant, and History Senior Aw...
04/29/2019

More photos from the STEAM awards ceremony. Here we have Sara Snyder, winner of an Intrepid grant, and History Senior Award winner Cody Turnbaugh with proud Professors Myers and Damico.

School of STEAM awards ceremony. Very proud of our majors, minors, friends, and allies!
04/29/2019

School of STEAM awards ceremony. Very proud of our majors, minors, friends, and allies!

Two great Sara(h)s at the STEAM awards ceremony.
04/29/2019

Two great Sara(h)s at the STEAM awards ceremony.

Elise Dumouchelle, Maria Del Mar, and Cody Turnbaugh presented research from Dr. Melusky's fall Poli Sci 499: Research S...
04/27/2019

Elise Dumouchelle, Maria Del Mar, and Cody Turnbaugh presented research from Dr. Melusky's fall Poli Sci 499: Research Seminar at the School of STEAM poster day on Thursday.

Be sure to vote for your favorite design!Share this post to get the word out, and like the new Center for Fine Arts Face...
04/26/2019

Be sure to vote for your favorite design!
Share this post to get the word out, and like the new Center for Fine Arts page!

Our new Center for Fine Arts social media accounts need a fresh, new profile photo to go with them! So we recruited some of our SFU Visual Arts students. We asked them to design a Saint Francis University themed profile picture. Now we need your help to choose the winner! Like the picture you want to see as our profile picture and the one with the most votes by Friday, May 3, will become our profile picture and the student that designed it will receive a prize for their hard work! While you are voting for your favorite design, be sure to share this post and like our new page! Voting will end Friday, May 3.

Thanks for voting!

Good luck with finals!
04/23/2019

Good luck with finals!

‪🚨FINAL EXAMS: Finals begin in almost one week! Be sure to check the final exam schedule AND check with your professors about when your final will be held! #FinishStrong #StudyHard #STUDENTathletes 📚 ‬

Tanner Yawitz, Spencer McElheny, and Brad Defontes attending Widener University Commonwealth Law School's Trial Advocacy...
04/18/2019

Tanner Yawitz, Spencer McElheny, and Brad Defontes attending Widener University Commonwealth Law School's Trial Advocacy Competition.

Red Flash Student-Athlete Development & Academic Services
04/18/2019

Red Flash Student-Athlete Development & Academic Services

‪After Easter Break, only 7 days of classes remain in the Spring semester! #FinishStrong #StudyHard #STUDENTathletes ‬

Future Congressman Matthew Nichol?!
04/18/2019

Future Congressman Matthew Nichol?!

College Republicans Visiting Washington D.C.
04/18/2019

College Republicans Visiting Washington D.C.

Katrina McCombie (SFU 2016 and PS Law 2019) with Tanner Yawitz, Brad Cain, and Cory Kumpf at Penn State Law School.
04/18/2019

Katrina McCombie (SFU 2016 and PS Law 2019) with Tanner Yawitz, Brad Cain, and Cory Kumpf at Penn State Law School.

Happy Pennsylvania Pretzel Day!
04/16/2019
Pennsylvania Pretzel Day

Happy Pennsylvania Pretzel Day!

April 16, 2019 is Pennsylvania Pretzel Day at the Capitol! Today, entrepreneurs from across the state celebrate the long history of pret...

I don't want to brag but we have a Mr. Frankie and a Ms. Frankie nominee in our History/Poli Sci department graduating c...
04/10/2019

I don't want to brag but we have a Mr. Frankie and a Ms. Frankie nominee in our History/Poli Sci department graduating class. Here I am pictured with Mr. Frankie nominee Hayden Herc, whose heart is as big as he is tall! :)

Love this photo from our department reception yesterday. Our future and why we do what we do.
04/10/2019

Love this photo from our department reception yesterday. Our future and why we do what we do.

Saint  Francis University HiPS (History and Poli Sci)  Department's cover photo
04/10/2019

Saint Francis University HiPS (History and Poli Sci) Department's cover photo

More photos from yesterday afternoon's department reception!
04/10/2019

More photos from yesterday afternoon's department reception!

At today's department reception we inducted students into the History and Political Science honors societies and gave aw...
04/10/2019

At today's department reception we inducted students into the History and Political Science honors societies and gave awards for departmental support (Anna Baughman), mentoring (Cody Turnbaugh and Ben Bruni), and the Ann Eppard internship nominee. We are also proud to count Mr. Frankie and Ms. Frankie nominees (Hayden Herc and Elise Dumouchelle) in our graduating class.

Congratulations to graduating senior Cody Turnbaugh, who has received a funded position in the PhD program in American h...
04/09/2019

Congratulations to graduating senior Cody Turnbaugh, who has received a funded position in the PhD program in American history at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he will also be a TA. Cody already looks like a professor!

Congratulations to Christie Olek (History, 15 and Paralegal, 16) who has been accepted with funding into the medieval hi...
04/08/2019

Congratulations to Christie Olek (History, 15 and Paralegal, 16) who has been accepted with funding into the medieval history PhD program at Fordham University. Here is Christie pictured with Dr. Lori Woods. The two recently presented at the annual conference of the Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science.

04/08/2019

If you are a major, minor, or concentrator in our department make sure to come to our department reception, tomorrow, Tuesday, April 9, from 4-6pm in Immergrun Club House. It's okay if you didn't RSVP!
Dr. D

School of STEAM
04/05/2019

School of STEAM

Sydney Missouri, a sophomore who is double majoring in Women Studies & Occupational Therapy, received a prestigious scholarship from the American Association of University Women for her work in advancing equity. Sydney (pictured bottom left in photo below) received this award at the “Notable Women Banquet” held last night in Indiana. We are very proud of Sydney’s achievements!

Graduating senior Cody Turnbaugh presented his research on the history of PTSD to students in Dr Woods’ class “Moder...
04/04/2019

Graduating senior Cody Turnbaugh presented his research on the history of PTSD to students in Dr Woods’ class “Modern Europe & the World” last week! Great research lecture!

03/31/2019

No foolin... History Club meeting tomorrow (Monday April 1), 4:15 to 4:45 ish. Location TBD. We will plan some more fun events for this semester including a Hamilton singalong.

Timeline Photos
03/26/2019

Timeline Photos

03/26/2019
US National Archives

Happy Women's History Month!

In her book "Feminism for the Americas," professor Katherine M. Marino chronicles the dawn of the global movement for feminism and women’s rights in the first decades of the 20th century. She introduces us to a cast of remarkable Pan-American women who drove a transnational movement that advocated women’s suffrage, equal pay, maternity rights, and broader self-determination. These efforts led to the enshrinement of women’s rights in the United Nations Charter and the framework for international human rights.

"Rightfully Hers," a new exhibit to mark the centennial of the 19th Amendment, will open on May 10, 2019, at the National Archives."Rightfully Hers" is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of Unilever, Pivotal Ventures, Carl M. Freeman Foundation in honor of Virginia Allen Freeman, AARP, AT&T, Ford Motor Company Fund, Facebook, Barbara Lee Family Foundation Fund at the Boston Foundation, Google, HISTORY ®, and Jacqueline B. Mars.

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