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Lydia’s Diaries: Uncovering Women’s History in the Archives

By Rebecca Hopman “Topsy’s Journal. Strictly private!” So begins Lydia Olsson’s diary. Olsson was an early female student at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, and the five diaries now held by Augustana Special Collections document her life on campus. I encountered Olsson’s diaries in the archives nearly a decade ago, and reading them changed my path in life. In the summer of 2010, I … Continue reading Lydia’s Diaries: Uncovering Women’s History in the Archives

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

By Amanda Kozar Today is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in observance of the American civil rights leader’s birthday (January 15, 1929). Some celebrate Dr. King’s legacy through volunteering. Others take the opportunity to learn or teach about the civil rights movement and this particular leader’s efforts and philosophy. As a historian, I would be remiss if I did not mention the resources available … Continue reading Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Thinking About Your Options

Once you’re finished with your conference projects and presentations and are headed home for some R&R, maybe you will take some time to think about your future. Perhaps you already have plans for work after you graduate. Maybe you have been efficiently working both to apply for law school or a PhD program while keeping up with this fall’s work. Maybe you’re a first year … Continue reading Thinking About Your Options