Going Public

by Kate van Liere. This January the Calvin history department launched a new course, Public History, which we intend to continue as regular offering. If you wonder just what “public history” means, you’re not alone. It’s a confusing label for an important phenomenon. It generally denotes pursuits that fall outside of so-called “traditional” or “academic” …

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How Donald Trump Ruined My Day and (Almost) Owed Me $15

by Jesse Damsteegt Whatever our political leanings, for many of us the 2016 election season has been stressful and disruptive. But for Calvin student Jesse Damsteegt, the election excitement unfolded at the site of her history internship.  This fall semester, Jesse is interning at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in downtown Grand Rapids, helping …

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History 294 at the Grand Rapids Public Museum

by Kate van Liere. This past January, the students in my History 294 class collaborated with the Grand Rapids Public Museum in its ongoing efforts to digitize its museum collection. It was a rewarding project for the Museum, for the students, and for me as a teacher. The GRPM’s digitization project reflects a worldwide trend …

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Featured Faculty Book Review: Frans van Liere, An Introduction to the Medieval Bible

Although all of our faculty are busy researching and writing, we don't often share the results here on Historical Horizons. We do rejoice together in each other's achievements, and sometimes a book review is too good not to share. Congratulations to Frans van Liere, whose book An Introduction to the Medieval Bible (Cambridge, 2014) received the following outstanding …

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