Alumni Feature: Cynthia Bachhuber

At my job, I regularly come into contact with maps from the 16th century, letters, and papers from the Civil Rights Movement, and many rare books (Hamilton fans? I just held an original printing of “the Reynold’s Pamphlet”). It really is a pretty amazing spot to find oneself. My path from Hope College history student …

It’s Time To Reclaim Some Territory

After years of sniping and hurling poisonous charges, the people who’ve been questioning the value of a liberal arts education and, specifically, whether disciplines in the Arts & Humanities are pathways to “real” jobs, are getting their wish. Because while articles and testimonials have repeatedly underscored the importance of the liberal arts in all fields, …

Student Feature: Allison Utting

Last summer, when I heard about the grand reopening of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and the new Devos Learning Center, I knew I had to learn more. I made a visit to the museum, and while there, I had the opportunity to meet with the museum’s education specialist, Barbara McGregor. I expressed interest …

Student Feature: Matthew Meyerhuber

By Matthew Meyerhuber When I moved into Hope’s campus, I was already fairly certain I would be a History major.  In grade school and high school, I had always enjoyed my history classes.  AP United States, though, made something click.  After clearing out of my head the misconception that a History major is good only …

Alumni Feature: Kristy Truax Nichols

        By Kristy Traux Nichols ’02 We argued as my father drove me home from the airport. It was winter break in 1999, and I tried to explain to him that I wanted to change majors, dropping business to pick up history instead. “But what will you do in real life?” he …

The Powerful lessons of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

  By Alexandra Piper I arrived in D.C. a couple of weeks ago as part of Hope’s Washington Honors Semester, excited to tackle the new challenges of living in a city. For those who don’t know me, or have not heard my ramble on about my interests, I am a History and Political Science double …

The Reason for the Season?

By Albert Bell A historian can make himself unpopular by disagreeing with the oft-expressed sentiment that “Jesus is the reason for the season.” We don’t know the year of Jesus’ birth. It was probably between 4 and 6 BC. Yes, Jesus was born Before Christ. As for the month and day, there is no historical …