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Volume 53, No. 1
November 2019

Front Cover: Milk Depot Gas Sign (#2), Salt Lake City, Utah. Photograph by John Margolies, 1981. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, John Margolies Roadside America Photograph Archive, LC-DIG-mrg-02210.

Back Cover: Blue Bird Truck Stop Sign, Pryor Street, Atlanta, Georgia. Photograph by John Margolies, 1984. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, John Margolies Roadside America Photograph Archive, LC-DIGmrg-00064.

Once again, we are honored to continue our annual tradition of publishing the winning student papers from National History Day, and are beyond impressed with the scholarship springing from our middle and high school history students.

This issue additionally highlights the accomplishments that history students can achieve outside the classroom, with teachers leading the way with visits to formal repositories or simply by hitting the streets. With thoughtful and ambitious projects, these teachers go beyond the classroom and into archives, into museums, and into the students' own communities. History students are transformed into archivists, curators, and neighborhood consultants, armed with heightened curiosity, confidence, and purpose in their community.

We hope you and your students enjoy the possibilities presented in this edition of The History Teacher, a special-focus issue on History Outside the Classroom.

The History Teacher
Volume 53, No. 1
November 2019

Front Matter | Back Matter


History Outside the Classroom

Out of the Classroom and Into History: Mobile Historical GIS and Community-Engaged Teaching
  by Sarah Fayen Scarlett, Don Lafreniere, Daniel J. Trepal, John D. M. Arnold,
  and Yichun Xie   (pp. 11-35)

Plan C for Curate: Teaching Studio History and Museum Studies in the Twenty-First Century
  by Carla Gerona   (pp. 37-66)

Teaching in the Archives: Engaging Students and Inverting Historical Methods Classes at The Historic New Orleans Collection
  by Elizabeth S. Manley, Rien Fertel, Jenny Schwartzberg, and Robert Ticknor   (pp. 67-105)

Digging in the Digital Archives: Engaging Students in an Online American History Survey
  by Carla Vecchiola   (pp. 107-134)


  by Jane Dabel, The History Teacher   (pp. 135-136)

Malaga Island: How the State of Maine Devastated a Resilient Island Community in the Name of the Greater Good
  by Margo Pedersen, Senior Division   (pp. 137-169)

Dealing with The Devil: The Triumph and Tragedy of IBM's Business with the Third Reich
  by Harry Murphy, Junior Division   (pp. 171-193)


7   Contributors to The History Teacher
194   The History of The History Teacher
197   Questionnaire for Potential Reviewers
198   Membership/Subscription Information
200   Submission Guidelines for The History Teacher


10  Society for History Education: The Eugene Asher Award
36  Teaching American History:
66  Bringing History Home:
106  Association for Asian Studies: 2019 Book Releases
170  Society for History Education: Celebrating 50 Years


John D. M. Arnold is a Ph.D. candidate at Michigan Technological University in the Social Sciences Department, with a focus on industrial heritage and archaeology. Arnold is also a registered architect in Washington, Michigan, and Wisconsin, whose design interests lie at the intersection of creating sustainable and meaningful built environments, including the study of the use and reuse of the living post-industrial landscape.

Rien Fertel is the author of three books, most recently Southern Rock Opera (Bloomsbury Academic). He has taught at Tulane University, Loyola University, the University of Mississippi at Oxford, and Bard High School Early College. Fertel lives in New Orleans.

Carla Gerona (Ph.D., History, Johns Hopkins University) is an Associate Professor at Georgia Tech whose areas of interest include early American, Atlantic, and borderlands history. In addition to winning several prizes, including an NEH faculty fellowship, Gerona has published numerous articles and a book, Night Journeys: The Power of Dreams in Transatlantic Quaker Culture (University of Virginia Press). She is currently working on a forthcoming book, More than Six Flags; Visualizing Early Texas Borderlands in the Round.

Don Lafreniere (Ph.D., Geography, University of Western Ontario) is an Associate Professor of Geography and GIS at Michigan Technological University. He is also the Director of both the Historical Environments Spatial Analytics Lab and the Geospatial Research Facility. His research interests center on creating GIS methodologies for recreating historical environments and spatializing populations.

Elizabeth Manley is an Associate Professor of History at Xavier University of Louisiana. She is the author of The Paradox of Paternalism: Women and the Politics of Authoritarianism in the Dominican Republic (University Press of Florida) and co-author of Cien Años de Feminismos Dominicanos (Archivo General de la Nación, República Dominicana) with Ginetta Candelario and April Mayes. Manley has published articles in The Americas, the Journal of Women's History, and Small Axe, and is a contributing editor for the Handbook of Latin American Studies by the Library of Congress.

Harry Murphy, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, attended St. Peter's School through eighth grade. From a young age, he had an interest in world trade and American corporations. Harry finds research invigorating and his student work for National History Day took him to the National Archives in Washington D.C., New York University, and the Holocaust Museum Archives (to name a few). His "Dealing with The Devil: The Triumph and Tragedy of IBM's Business with the Third Reich" won first place for Junior Paper for NHD 2019. Harry is currently attending St. Andrew's School in Middleton, Delaware.

Margo Pedersen is a student at Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven, Connecticut. A keen writer with a passion for archival research, her paper, "Malaga Island: How the State of Maine Devastated a Resilient Island Community in the Name of the Greater Good," won first place for Senior Paper at the 2019 National History Day contest. When she is not perusing museum archives in search of obscure stories, Margo enjoys logging countless miles as the captain of her school's cross country and track teams and editing the school's literary magazine.

Sarah Fayen Scarlett is an Assistant Professor of History in the Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Technological University. She earned a Ph.D. from the interdisciplinary Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and specializes in the interpretation of American cultural landscapes and material culture. Scarlett is co-director of the Keweenaw Time Traveler project ( and brings to her teaching a decade of professional experience in public history and museum curation.

Jenny Schwartzberg currently works as the Curator of Education at The Historic New Orleans Collection, where she loves to introduce students to archival research and help educators connect with primary sources. She received B.A.s in History and Anthropology from Louisiana State University and M.A.s in Judaic and Islamic Studies and Modern European History from the University of Georgia. Before joining The Collection, Schwartzberg worked as an instructor of history at Delgado Community College.

Robert Ticknor holds a Bachelor's degree from the College of Charleston in History and Religious Studies, and an M.A. in Medieval European History from Tulane University. He has worked on archival projects for the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University and the National Park Service. He spent over a year as a Curatorial Assistant working for the Louisiana State Museum on their Colonial Documents Digitization Project before arriving permanently at The Historic New Orleans Collection in 2012.

Daniel J. Trepal is a Ph.D. candidate at Michigan Technological University in the Social Sciences Department. With a focus on industrial archaeology, his research involves post-industrial urban landscapes and their constituent communities from a historical, spatial, big data-based perspective using GIS and other geospatial technologies.

Carla Vecchiola is the Director of the Hub for Teaching and Learning Resources and a Lecturer in History at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. The Hub is a network for faculty to share their teaching practices to better serve UM-Dearborn's student population, which is 43% Pell Grant eligible and 38% first generation. Carla received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan's Program in American Culture.

Yichun Xie (Ph.D., Geography, SUNY Buffalo State) is a Professor of Geographic Information Science and Environmental Geography at Eastern Michigan University, as well as the Director and Founder of the Institute of Geospatial Research and Education (IGRE). In addition to teaching various GIS courses, he has co-authored and edited twelve books and journal special issues and published over 120 research papers.

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