University of Southern Indiana

Applied History Series

The Applied History talks are a collaborative connection between the Department of History and Evansville Community Members and USI alumnae to discuss ways in which they have used the study of history in their field.

This series is an important piece of our effort to help students and the community to understand the craft of history and how we write about the past, that it is very open to debate.

In Spring 2019, we hosted a lecture and discussion on the historiography of creating American History narratives with Joshua Claybourn, Editor of Our American Story: The Search for a Shared National Narrative. Stay tuned for future events!

Past Presenters

Tattooing in the Heartland
Former USI student, Clint Vaught, owner of local tattoo studio, Cross & Crown

This presentation was the first in the Applied History series. Vaught’s talk focuses on the history of tattooing practices in Southern Indiana and the surrounding areas, with a focus on tattoo artists working in Evansville from the 1920s through the 1950s.

Reflecting Back, Looking Forward
A roundtable discussion moderated by USI faculty Dr. Stella Ress and Dr. Kristalyn Shefveland on the importance of historic buildings and districts to the health and prosperity of a community.

This event highlighted the ways in which preserving the built environment can have environmental, cultural and economic benefits, and answered the question, "What is the role of civic engagement, community activism and grassroots funding?"

Speakers included Evansville community leaders Philip R. Hooper and Joseph Engler, who were instrumental in saving the Owen Block and the Peters-Margedant House as well as a discussion of USI student Lucas Neuffer’s efforts to save the Henry E. Cook House, the 19th-century west side home of the vice-president of F.W. Cook Brewing and new directions for historic districts in the city.

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