Senior History Major to Deliver Annual “First Lecture”

The Honor Society of Omicron Delta Kappa, the Merrimack College Honors Program, and the Division of Mission and Student Affairs is happy to announce that the 2016 First Lecture at Merrimack College will be delivered by Annie McDonnell of the Class of 2016 onMarch 1, 2016 at 7:00 PM in the Rogers Center for the Arts.  A Reception with a Cash Bar will immediately follow Annie’s First Lecture.

A History and Social Justice Major, Annie has served the Merrimack Community as an Orientation Leader and as a Resident Advisor in both Ash and Monican Centers.  She has also been deeply involved in the activities of the Grace J. Palmisano Center for Campus Ministry, participating and leading several service trips and as a member of the MORE Council this year.

Annie is the daughter of Patrick and Carolanne McDonnell and was raised in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston where her parents were also raised.  Annie has two sisters. Megan is a recent graduate of Boston College currently serving and working with City Year Boston. Sarah is in the sixth grade at the Richard J. Murphy School in Dorchester

In the future, Annie plans to be a high school history teacher. However, she hopes to spend next year participating as a Volunteer with a non-profit organization in the United States.

The 2016 First Lecture will be the seventh First Lecture at Merrimack College.  Modeled on the popular Last Lecture delivered by chosen Faculty Members on Campuses across the country, the First lecture is unique to Merrimack College and provides the community with an opportunity to hear a student share his or her deepest passions, beliefs, hopes, and dreams.  Previous First Lectures at Merrimack College have been Brian Ciara in 2010, David Foreman in 2011, Glenna Mugavero in 2012, Katie Ganser in 2013, Hannah Farrell in 2014, and Greg Lingley in 2015.First Lecture Annie (2) (1)

Phi Alpha Theta Induction & Reunion

On Wednesday, March 9, the History Department will host a celebration of 50 years of Phi Alpha Theta in Cascia Hall on campus.  Invitations have been sent to all Phi Alpha Theta inductees since 1966, but if you are a former Phi Alpha Theta inductee but did not receive an invite, please contact Dr. Condon at

Senior Research Seminar Presentations Start this Thursday (Nov. 19, 2015)

Each Fall, Senior History Majors write a 25-30pp. paper based on original research related to the theme for that year’s Senior Seminar course, and then present their findings to students and faculty. This year’s theme is New England from the Revolution to the Civil War.  All are welcome to attend the presentations, which will all be held in Sullivan Hall Room 103.  Here is the Presentation Schedule:

Thursday, November 19

12:30 to 1:45       Dave Dubner, “African American Soldiers in the Revolutionary War”
Peer Critique:    Mark McNall

2:00 to 3:15         Emely Cardenas, “Understanding Architectural Change in Antebellum New England”
Peer Critique:    Nick Moschella

Tuesday, November 24

12:30 to 1:45       Annie McDonnell, “The Motives of Female Abolitionists in Antebellum New England”
Peer Critique:    Bradley Wall

2:00 to 3:15         Jack Bagonzi, “The Historiography of the Abenaki”
Peer Critique:    Richard Duffill

Tuesday, December 1

12:30 to 1:45       Mark McNall, “Vermont’s Decision to Seek Admission to the Union”
Peer Critique:    Colleen Baxley

2:00 to 3:15         Nick Moschella, “Forces that Shaped the Massachusetts State Constitution”
Peer Critique:    Nate McCarthy

Thursday, December 3

12:30 to 1:45       Tim Oteri, “The Causes of Increased Alcohol Consumption in the Early American Republic”
Peer Critique:    Dave Dubner

2:00 to 3:15         Richard Duffill, “The Sons of Liberty”
Peer Critique:    Emely Cardenas

Tuesday, December 8

12:30 to 1:45       Bradley Wall, “The Impact of the Transcendentalists”
Peer Critique: Annie McDonnell

2:00 to 3:15         Nate McCarthy, “Labor Organizing in the Lowell Mills”
Peer Critique:    Jack Bagonzi

Thursday, December 10

12:30 to 1:45       Colleen Baxley, “Nativism and Irish-American Women in the Antebellum Period”
Peer Critique:    Tim Oteri

Welcome Back and Save the Date: Department Open House September 17, 11 to 12:15

The History Department will sponsor an open house for majors, minors, and other interested students on Thursday, September 17 from 11 to 12:15 in McQuade Library 311.  Stop by during that time to meet faculty (including new faculty member Dr. Lauren “Tess” Bundy), to hear about course offerings in the spring, to let us know what kind of history-related extra-curricular events you’d like to see, and maybe even pick up some history department-themed swag. If you have any questions about the event, please email me at,

One of the extra-curricular activities that we will talk about is the new online undergraduate history journal called “The Monument,” where students write essays and articles related to the many ways that people study, remember, and commemorate the past. (Go here to see the first issue: We published the first issue last spring, and we plan to produce two more issues this year.  Interested students meet weekly to plan the issue, organize assignments, and read each others’ drafts, talk history, etc. It’s a great way to get to know other history majors, and to explore some of your own interests outside of the classroom.