Franklin & Marshall: The Story of Us
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This project began when I was asked in my sophomore year to become Professor Schuyler’s Hackman Scholar for the following summer. For twelve weeks, Professor Schuyler and I worked in the Archives reading old newspapers, yearbooks, and Board of Trustees minutes looking for mentions of any and all buildings that would or could be built. We began in 1852 just before the merger of Franklin College and Marshall College and continued on until the present day with the construction of the Winter Visual Arts Center. All of this research went into creating the book Constructing the Campus: Franklin & Marshall College 1852-2019 that was presented to the college on March 29, 2019. My part in all of this largely focused on reading primary documents and scanning them once I found any mention of whichever building we were focusing on for that day. It was also my responsibility to select photos from the Archives that best depicted what Professor Schuyler was pointing out in his description of the buildings and to write captions for them. Towards the end of the summer, my job was to learn the ins and outs of the software InDesign and begin formatting our book. Around the middle of my Hackman research I began doing research on the social history of F&M and created a poster and presentation that I shared during Homecoming Weekend.