History

Randolph students roll over history in Nelson County

Professor Sarah Sojka, Sara Woodward '16, and Hagay Haut '16 speak with other volunteers in the archaeology project at the site of the uncovered jailhouse.

Hagay Haut ’16 spent a recent afternoon lugging what looked like a suitcase across a garden in Nelson County. Occasionally stepping on turnips and ducking through the wires of a surrounding fence, he used the Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) to search for clues that there was more than just vegetables buried beneath the soil. Haut... READ MORE >>

Student researching sociocultural effect of mills

Danielle Currier (left) and Ayla Hagen '’18 visit the site of a Lynchburg mill that closed in the 1950s.

Inspired by the work of a former Randolph professor, Ayla Hagen ’18 is conducting a Summer Research project that examines the socioeconomic effect of mills on their surrounding communities. Hagen is following in the footsteps of John K. Morland, a Randolph professor who wrote Millways of Kent. The book describes the role of “Kent’s Mill,”... READ MORE >>

Summer Research takes student on a trip down memory lane

History professor Gerry Sherayko and Samantha Strickler '’17 visit the old Jones Memorial Library building on Rivermont Avenue.

Samantha Strickler ’17 is happiest in a room full of books and historical documents. Thanks to her Summer Research project, the history major from Luray, Virginia, feels like she is spending the eight weeks of the program in paradise. Strickler and history professor Gerry Sherayko have spent the summer flipping through pages of old Lynchburg... READ MORE >>

Who Started World War I?

Gerry Sherayko, associate professor of history

The assassination that sparked World War I just over 100 years ago is only one of many complex causes that led up to the war, said Gerry Sherayko, a Randolph history professor. Understanding the other factors will help people have a better understanding of how the tragedy of the war unfolded. This weekend, Sherayko will... READ MORE >>

Thayer lecture to focus on WWI

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Jennifer Keene will present “Americans at War: Experiencing World War One” on Wednesday, January 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Wimberly Recital Hall.... READ MORE >>

Holocaust survivor encourages students to stand up for others

Margit Meissner speaks about her experience as a holocaust survivor, October 7, 2014.

“There’s a great deal of good that you can do if you’re aware of prejudice and scapegoating and bullying,” Margit Meissner said. “This is your business. You must not let this go without interfering.”... READ MORE >>

Study abroad in Europe offers glimpse of world war history

Group photo of students in Europe

A group of Randolph students recently spent two weeks in Europe learning about two wars that challenged and changed the continent, as well as the world. History professor Gerry Sherayko and communication studies professor Jennifer Gauthier led the students on an international study seminar titled “Museums, Memorials and Memory: Britain and the Two World Wars.”... READ MORE >>