Yearly Archives: 2014


Join former Temple students and faculty and Temple alumni at a special reception and lecture in honor of Dr. Martin Levitt, CLA ’91

Master’s and doctoral alumni from the Department of History are invited to a special reception and lecture in honor of Dr. Martin Levitt, CLA ’91.
Dr. Levitt is retiring from his post of librarian at the American Philosophical Society (APS) at the end of this year. APS is joining with Temple University—where he earned his doctoral degree and taught for many years—to honor his long and successful career as an educator and archivist.

Lecture: 6 p.m.: Privileging the Public in Public History
Dr. Morris J. Vogel, President of the Tenement Museum (New York)
The American Philosophical Society
Franklin Hall (427 Chestnut St., Philadelphia) Click here to RSVP


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Meet Alumna Jessica Gallant Louie

I earned my BA in History from Temple University in 2005, and my Masters in Secondary Education from Temple in 2006.  Currently I am a United States history teacher and Department Chair at Olney Charter High School in Philadelphia, PA.  While I chose the more traditional path of a history major, to become a teacher of history, my journey and experiences have been extraordinarily non-traditional.  As an undergrad at Temple, I first explored my passion for teaching history by participating in a Teach America History program.  Through this program I was able to go to an area middle school and teach students about the history of their neighborhood.  I came to realize that not only did I love history and historical research; I also loved to inspire students to get excited about history.  From there I applied to the exceptional five-year teacher certification program offered at Temple.  Because of this program I was able to begin my graduate courses in education as a junior in college, and to graduate with my M. Ed. just one year after receiving my BA in history.

I immediately began working as a social studies teacher for the School District of Philadelphia, which I did for four years in a neighborhood high school.  From there, my love of history and culture took me to Thailand for a year, where I taught English as a foreign language.  Because of my studies in cultural anthropology and world cultures at Temple, I always wanted to go abroad to experience a culture other than my own first-hand.  That year was one of the most meaningful years of my life, and I would not have done it without the curiosity and thirst for knowledge instilled in me as a student at Temple.  When I came back from Thailand, I began working at Olney Charter High School.  Because of the excellent preparation I received in both my undergraduate and graduate programs at Temple, I was considered for and awarded the position of Department Chair of the Social Studies & World Languages Department.  When I first began teaching, this was my ultimate professional goal.  I am proud and humbled to say that today, in my ninth year of teaching, I am living my dream.

I do not exaggerate when I say that my professional dream came true because of my time at Temple.  From the relationships I made at Temple, I have been able to form a partnership between the Temple History Department and my school.  My department continues to learn from the incredible and diverse staff of the Temple History Department.  The professors of history at Temple are truly amazing.  When I think back to the varied, rich, and challenging classes I took at Temple, I am so grateful.  I wholeheartedly believe that studying history at Temple cannot only whet your appetite for historical knowledge; it can also spark a lifelong curiosity of world events while preparing you for a career you love.


Jessica Gallant Louie

Social Studies & World Languages Department Chair

Olney Charter High School

Philadelphia, PA

October 2014


Meet Alumnus Jared Wheeler

Jared Wheeler graduated with a degree in History from Temple University in May of 2004.  He is a member of the Society of American Baseball Research and the Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society. He has written and contributed to several publications regarding the history of baseball, most notably, Base Ball Founders: The Clubs, Players and Cities of the Northeast the Established the Game (McFarland 2013). His research of the uniform was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated in October of 2006, as well as in both their Baseball Book and Basketball Book. In the summer of 2009, as the Historian for Mitchell and Ness, he curated the exhibition Play Ball, The History of Baseball in Philadelphia, which was featured at the Betsy Ross House. He has advised several professional teams on their historical uniforms for current game use. His careers focus has been in the preservation of sport through the research and development of licensed apparel.

My career began in 2004, as the Historian/ Director of Research and Archives at the Mitchell and Ness Nostalgia Company in Philadelphia. It was there that I oversaw the research and development of the authentic jersey line. This consisted in the authentic reproduction of all MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL jerseys, jackets and caps. I also established and maintained a 2D and 3D research archive during my time there.

In August of 2013, I took the position of Sports Historian at ‘47 Brand in Boston, MA. Currently I oversee the research and development of historically based collections. This past summer we released Baseball United, a collection that tells the story of baseball during World War I and World War II through the use of fabrics, logos and looks.

What I love most about history is its ability to connect the past with the present. Everything has an origin and a past, which needs to be preserved and defined to the present and future generation. While at Temple, I was exposed to a program that supported my passion of sport history. The staff inspired me to carve out my own career in upholding the history of sport. The different resources that were made available through my Temple training broadened my career. I was able to find success in writing, curating, archiving and researching because of my training at Temple University. The big thing I took away from my time at Temple was the influence of my professors/advisors and their ability to provoke my passion and help me shape it into a career.

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Meet Jon Kohl, Class of 2013, History and Film/Media Arts double major

What better place to study American history than Philadelphia? During my time in Temple’s History program, I learned that this town is the place to immerse oneself – that Philadelphia itself is a microcosm of our nation and its past, present, and future. It is all there – and sprawling across a landscape of three and a half centuries, one need not look very hard. Such an inspirational learning environment led to opportunities I could never have anticipated.  Before long, I had supplemented my undergraduate coursework with a student-worker position at Temple’s very own Special Collections Research Center (better known as the Urban Archives). There, I was introduced to working in public history and archival preservation. I assisted researchers and handled audio-visual materials from the archives’ collections related to Philadelphia’s own rich history. From there, I became acquainted with the many research institutions across the city. Upon graduation, I joined a local filmmaking team, History Making Productions, to become a producer of their educational documentary film series, Philadelphia: The Great Experiment. This is a multi-part project for broadcast and broadband – the first of its kind – to tell Philadelphia’s history from the Lenni Lenape to the present. I specialize in graphic research and the gathering of archival images and footage for the series.

Temple’s History program shaped the path I was on; it allowed me to transform an introverted passion into a tangible livelihood. And in the same manner in which I believe that the past created the present that determines the future, I now understand how crucial it is to build a foundation on the assets of a university like Temple and a city like Philadelphia to create a future for oneself.

Jon Kohl

Associate Producer, History Making Productions

Temple University CLA Class of 2013

B.A. Film & Media Arts and History

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Steven Elliot presents his research to the Seminar on the American Revolution

Steven Elliott attended the Annual Seminar on the American Revolution at Fort Ticonderoga, from September 19th to the 21st.  Steven presented a talk entitled “Civil-Military Relations in the War of Independence: The Case of the 1780 Morristown Encampment” to the roughly 150 seminar attendees.  Based on Steven’s M.A. thesis and reflecting his ongoing research interest into the intersections of conflict, space, and society during the War of Independence, the 40-minute talk traced the Continental Army’s relationship with civilian political leadership and the local population, and provided insights into the logistical and strategic problems the army faced during the war. This presentation focused on the particularly trying winter of 1779-1780 and the Continental Army encampment at Morristown to better understand how the army regulated its interaction with the civilian population.  The audience responded positively to the presentation and engaged in a lively Q&A session and lengthy follow-up discussions throughout the weekend.  The presentation particularly impressed Patrick Swan of the Army War College, who indicated a possible invite for Steven to speak at Carlisle on civil-military relations in the War of Independence.


Temple University’s History Truck Plans 12 Months of Events And Exhibits in North Philadelphia

Funding from The Barra Foundation also supports Philadelphia Public History Truck becoming a permanent part of Temple’s M.A. in Public History, guaranteeing academic credits for graduate students who manage the mobile museum.

PHILADELPHIA (September 7, 2014) – The Center for Public History at Temple University is proud to announce a generous award of $85,000 from The Barra Foundation in support of the Philadelphia Public History Truck. Funding will support a full, 12-month exhibit cycle in North Philadelphia, will underwrite a new web portal where Philadelphians will have permanent access to the museum’s extensive oral history archives and will help the truck become a permanent feature in the university’s master’s in public history program.

For more information click here!


Alumni Update

Rachael Young, who graduated as a history major in May 2013, was admitted recently to the MA program in Modern Irish History at Trinity College, Dublin, where she’ll begin her studies this fall.  Rachael is hoping to apply for PhD programs in the United States after completing her MA in Ireland.


Alumni Update

Kyle Repella, who graduated as a history major last May, was admitted with fellowships to the PhD programs in history at the University of Pennsylvania and CUNY.  This fall, he’ll be starting in the program at UPENN and hopes to work on colonial American religious history.  Kyle was part of the History Honors Scholars program and his senior thesis “False Pretenders and Friends of Truth: Pennsylvania, the Keithian Controversy, and the Reorientation of the Quaker Empire in the late Seventeenth Century” received an honorable mention in the Library Prize competition.


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Associate Professor Nguyễn Thị Điểu & Digital Preservation Workshop in Huế

Temple Associate Professor Nguyễn Thị Điểu spent two weeks this summer participating in a project sponsored by Temple University Libraries, Temple Center of Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture, and Society, and the Thừa Thiên Huế Library. It took place in the former imperial capital of Vietnam, Huế, and involved digitizing royal documents, genealogies, medical treatises, land ownship titles, etc., going back hundreds of  years, kept at village and family temples. Made of fragile materials (mulberry paper, silk, etc.), kept in challenging conditions in a climate of high humidity and temperatures, these documents are fast disintegrating, taking with them the memory of an ancient past. A mobile unit of librarians and IT specialists went to villages and temples where the documents are kept to digitize and integrate them directly into the library system using the latest technology and library science procedures.

For more information and photos click HERE.

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Welcome Jessica Roney

Jessica Choppin Roney received her BA at Swarthmore College, her MA at the College of William and Mary, and her PhD from Johns Hopkins University.  Her book, Governed by a Spirit of Opposition:The Origins of American Political Practice in Colonial Philadelphia, forthcoming in the fall of 2014, demonstrates the vitality of voluntary associations in colonial Philadelphia as an a way for ordinary men to engage with and craft policies in their community, shaping the course of revolution in Pennsylvania.  She has begun work on a second book, tentatively titled, A Revolutionary Inheritance, about settler societies on the US frontier and in Canada in the first decades after the American Revolution.   Her scholarly and teaching interests include the social, cultural, and political history of early America and the Atlantic world.  She is organizing a global conference on port cities in the age of sail (1500-1800) in the fall of 2015.