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Regis College History Fair a Great Success

May 19, 2011

Weston, Ma: As part of the year-end activities at Regis College, the history department in conjunction with the Public Heritage Institute held a history fair on April 28. Students presented their thesis work and research in the form of posters, dioramas and other visual aids. Over thirty-five students participated with some students presenting multiple projects on the research they have been working on throughout the semester.

The event was well-attended by students, faculty and staff who participated in voting to determine the winners of the fair. The judges wereHenry Lukas of the Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History, Bernard Jackson from the Philosophy Department and Dean Elizabeth Cawley, CSJ. The first place winner was Eric Neumann, a Boston College senior cross-registered at Regis for this spring. His project, “Solving a Historical Mystery,” revealed the fate of a young Union deserter whose mother wrote to Secretary of War Stanton pleading for amnesty. With Abraham Lincoln’s initials on the envelope, the letter is part of the Spellman Museum collection. Second place winner Katharine Davies’ project, “She Wears the Pants,” analyzed how wearing pants signifies dominance and cultural trends. Stasa Grozdanic took third place with “Let Freedom Ring,” a study of the Patriot Act and individual rights after September 11, 2001.

Honorable Mentions went to Kerry Pintabona for a scrapbook about her Italian immigrant grandfather, to costumed re-enactor Sarah Vedrani for “Dressing the Part: 18th Century Garment Construction Through Practice,” and to Amanda Donahue for her study of “Lubec, A Town of the Past,” and her original thesis about the elements necessary for the survival of a small town in Maine. Revealing a wide range of European and American history research interests, the event was informative and a great success.

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