History Students and Professor Present at Missouri Conference

History students Cameron Massieon, Kendall Tarantino, Eric Allison and John Jones presented papers at the Missouri Conference on History. Jason McDonald, assistant professor of history, also represented Truman.

Students John Jones, Cameron Massieon, Kendall Tarantino and Eric Allison represented Truman at the Missouri Conference on History, March 17, in Jefferson City.

The group participated in a panel entitled “Public History Point of Entry: Student Reflections on Internships in Museums and Archives.” The papers addressed and reflected upon aspects of internships that the students completed in the summer of 2021.

In “Promoting Engagement with Exhibits,” Jones discussed his work at the Special Collections Department of the Duane G. Meyer Library in Springfield, Missouri. Massieon’s presentation, “Navigating a Cataloging System,” examined his internship at the St. Joseph Museums, which was funded by a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council. Tarantino spoke on the topic of “Social Media and Museum Work,” based on her internship at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Allison’s internship at the Field House Museum in St. Louis was covered in his presentation “Managing Educational Uncertainty in a Global Pandemic.”

The panel was moderated by Jason McDonald, assistant professor of history. McDonald also participated in the panel “Nativism and Extremism in Middle America.” His paper, entitled “‘America First, Last and Forever’: The Second Ku Klux Klan in Kirksville, Missouri,” examined the origins, character and decline of Adair County Klan No. 132 in the 1920s.
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