History for Historians

Summer Institute Invitation Letter

May 7, 2010

From: Dr. Matthew Young, Associate Professor and Chair of History at Marietta College

To: K-12 educators


Greetings! I am pleased to invite you to apply to take part in an Ohio Humanities Council-sponsored K-12 Teacher Institute on Ohio in the 1930s: the Depression and New Deal during the week of July 26-30, 2010. Twenty teachers will be selected to participate in a series of workshops designed to deepen their understanding of the impact this tumultuous decade had on Ohioans. This institute was originally scheduled for mid-June, but received a poor response. We have worked hard to reschedule for later in the summer, with the hope that the new time will work better with teachers’ schedules.

Over the course of the week, leading historians from around Ohio will lead sessions on different aspects of the era:

Dr. Stephen Ortiz (PhD, University of Florida) will examine the economic impacts of the Depression and New Deal. Dr. Ortiz is a member of the History Department at Bowling Green State University, and has published in the field of American social and military history. His research examines US veteran's policy and the political activism of military veterans during the 20th century, and his book From the Bonus March to the GI Bill: How Veteran Politics Shaped the New Deal Era was recently published by New York University Press.

Dr. Janet Rozick (PhD, University of Toledo) will help to make sense of the “alphabet soup” of New Deal programs in the state. Dr. Rozick serves as the Historic Programs Manager for the Toledo Metro Parks system, where she oversees the operation of several historic sites: The Fallen Timbers and Fort Miamis National Historic Site, and the Manor House and Oak Grove School at Wildwood Preserve. She recently finished her dissertation, ‘Citizens for Metroparks:’ The Evolution of the Metropolitan Park District of the Toledo Area, which deals largely with the involvement of the CCC and WPA in the development of the metropark system.

Janet will also serve as our guide on an afternoon tour of New Deal sites in and around the city of Marietta. Like many communities throughout Ohio and the rest of the country, the New Deal left an indelible imprint on the local area. City Hall (with murals depicting scenes from Marietta’s early development), Municipal Stadium, Muskingum Park (with its Start Westward monument, by Mount Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum), water control systems along the Muskingum and Ohio Rivers, and Wayne National Forest were all products of various New Deal agencies.

Dr. Ken Bindas (PhD, University of Toledo), Professor and Chair of the History Department at Kent State University, will examine the rich cultural life of the 1930s, with an emphasis on Depression-era music. Dr. Bindas has published several books on related topics, including Remembering the Great Depression in the Rural South (2007), Swing, That Modern Sound (2001), and All of This Music Belongs to the Nation: The WPA’s Federal Music Project and American Society, 1935-1939 (1995).

Dr. Matthew Young (PhD, Bowling Green State University) will serve as the institute director, and also run a workshop devoted to the ways Ohioans thought about America’s place in an increasingly dangerous world. This stems from my own current research on George White, Ohio governor from 1930-34, as well as the colorful life of his eldest son, David McKelvy White, a member of the Communist Party and veteran of the Spanish Civil War. My publications include articles in the area of American and Sino-American foreign relations.

The focus of the institute will be on equipping teachers with a deeper understanding of the 1930s on the state and local level. Workshops will provide participants with primary source materials they might adapt for use in their own classrooms, as well as the opportunity to do some research on their own localities in the college’s new Legacy Library Special Collections facility. The institute will consist of two daily sessions each day for five days, with the morning session running from 9am to 12pm, and the afternoon session running from 1pm to 4pm.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and notifications of acceptance will be made shortly thereafter. All participants will receive a stipend of $300 upon successful completion of the institute to cover expenses (meals will not be provided and there may be a small charge for books and materials). For those who wish to receive graduate credit, three hours are available at a discounted tuition rate of $1080 (this option will require additional reading and written work, but no further time in attendance at Marietta College). Several scholarships to cover partial tuition (up to $500) may be available for participants who demonstrate exceptional need and/or particularly appropriate classroom application of Institute content. Determination of scholarships will be made by Friday, June 11. Verification for CEUs will be supplied upon request. Lodging on campus is available at $20 per night (4 nights total, in a single air-conditioned room with a shared bathroom). In order to reserve a place in the Institute, a $50 registration fee must be received within two weeks of notification of acceptance.

I hope that you will consider participating, and share this invitation with a colleague. If you have any further questions, please contact me at youngs@marietta.edu, or 740.376.4627. .




Dr. Matthew Young
McCoy Associate Professor of History

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