Digital History at Ursinus

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Bears Make GSA History

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Welcome to Bears Make GSA History! Our exhibit examines the history of the Gender Sexuality Alliance (formerly known as GALA) at Ursinus College, (located in southeastern Pennsylvania) from 1991 to 2000. Join us as we examine the discussions about, representations of, and controversies surrounding the formation and first ten years of the GSA, as seen in articles published in the school newspaper, The Grizzly.

Our project asks the question: "How did the GSA handle conflict and controversies in its first ten years of existence?" Our major subsections are as follows:

Genesis: GALA, 1991. Explore the formation and first semester of the Ursinus College GSA as it weathered visceral public defamation at the hands of a small but vocal group of students and professors. 

Conflict and Conversation: 1995. Examine continued debate about GALA, sexuality, and the LGBTQ+ community at Ursinus College. Several articles condemn the group, while many other voices advocate. 

LGBTQ+ Identities in Media, 2000: Explore representations of the LGBTQ+ community in popular culture in the New Millennium. 

Global: Connect the microhistory of local events with national trends. 

We would like to thank Ms. Carolyn Weigel, Mr. Andy Prock, Ms. Christine Ianicelli, and Drs. Throop and McShane for making this project possible. Ms. Weigel opened the Ursinusiana archives for our research, guiding our research processes by directing us to resources and contacts. Mr. Prock's expertise on scanning made the digitization of our project possible, while Ms. Ianicelli's technical knowledge gave us confidence in navigating Omeka.

 

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UC Presidents

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      Ursinus is a respected liberal arts campus, featuring an egalitarian core that’s showcased through curriculum and student attitudes. At its foundation, Ursinus was notoriously religious and all male. Under the service of dedicated presidents, the campus began to shift quickly over time into the respected liberal space it’s today. Presidents are memorable figures in history, usually evoking change and progress during their term. Therefore, our group Memorable UC Presidents plans to conduct a comprehensive history of the presidents from Ursinus’s foundation to present day. There are presently 17 Ursinus presidents. For linguistic purposes, we’re featuring only 5 presidents in our project. In a biographical style, we plan to detail the lives and accomplishments of each selected president during their administrations at Ursinus. Our main objective is to present a full representation of Ursinus through a study of the president’s impacts in shaping our campus into a liberal space.

        We will be presenting on John Bomberger, the founder and first president, as well as Leslie Omwake, Richard Richter, and John Strassburger. For each president, we will be focusing on different themes such as physical changes on campus, gender policies, and curriculum changes. We hope that our project will help both students and faculty understand how the Ursinus campus they live on today was shaped by these influential presidents. 

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