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On-line History Class Project Featured In The Patriot Ledger

Published: June 3, 2010

The Patriot Ledger published a full-page story on a History Department class project: “Josiah Quincy House comes to life on Eastern Nazarene College class website.”

As part of Prof Stephens’ course Critical Readings in History students helped create an extensive resource site for the historic home. (Click image for full story.)

“Professor Randall Stephens’ class at Eastern Nazarene College studied the Josiah Quincy House in Wollaston,” wrote Jack Encarnacao in the Patriot Ledger, “one of the city’s lower-key but significant historic sites. The home was built in 1770 by Revolutionary War colonel Josiah Quincy, son of Col. John Quincy, after whom the city is named.”

“The fruit of the class’s research – skimmed from Library of Congress archives, journals and maps – is on display at a Web site the students created:”

“Stephens said he was pleasantly surprised at how evocative the house was to students, and the extent to which they were motivated to dig for nuggets of interesting Quincy history. Much of the historical information about the house comes from Eliza Susan Quincy, who in the 1880s kept journals, inventoried the contents of the house and commissioned photographs of its interior. She wrote about how Josiah Quincy had stood on the residence’s roof to monitor troop movements in Boston Harbor early in the American Revolution.”

Not long after this article appeared in the Ledger, the paper published a follow-up item on the spike in visitors to the Josiah Quincy House.

The class also paid a visit to the Congregational Library in downtown Boston. There, the library’s director Peggy Bendroth gave students and Prof Stephens a guided tour of the 150-year-old library’s extraordinary collections. In addition to that, two superb American historians–Chris Beneke (Bentley University) and Maura Jane Farrelly (Brandeis University)–visited the class on separate occasions and spoke with students about the field of history, research, and the writing process.

Class trips and visits from esteemed scholars are a fundamental part of the History Department’s curriculum. In the Spring Professor Bill McCoy led students in his 20th Century Genocide course on a trip to the Armenian Library and Museum in Watertown and also took them to a memorial service for victims of the holocaust. McCoy also led a travel and research course to Swaziland in Africa (see piece above).




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