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A Piece of the Past: History Grad Student Works on Museum Exhibit

Jul 17, 2009

Sally Adams, a second-year graduate student in the History Department at WIU, spent the month of June working on a special project at the Des Moines County Heritage Center in Burlington, Iowa. Her project was part of the Heritage Center's current exhibit, "Heart, Land and Home" (see related Iowa Hawk Eye newspaper article in blue box to lower right). The exhibit examines the evolution of the Des Moines Country area from pre-history through the 19th century. Sally's task was to research the histories of abandoned communities, towns, and townships in the region. Her work involved identifying photos, talking to area residents, and driving throughout the area, looking for clues to the past.

Adams earned graduate credit for her work, and she gained valuable "hands-on" research experience. She is one of two WIU History Department graduate students working at the Heritage Center this summer. Blake Bell, also a second-year graduate student, is working on a separate research project.

This is the second year that the WIU History Department and the Des Moines County Heritage Center have joined forces. The Heritage Center provides WIU History grad students with a great opportunity to work, learn, earn credit, and make a contribution to the community. Students work with History Department Graduate Advisor Dr. Virginia Jelatis and with Kelly Halbert, Executive Director of the Heritage Center. For more information about earning graduate credit through work at the Des Moines County Heritage Center contact Prof. Jelatis.

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