Department of History
January 24, 2024
Exploring themes, motivations, and the influencing power of historic military propaganda
A collection of war era ephemera and propaganda art on display now at the University Gallery connects viewers to the experiences and perceptions of the time.
January 17, 2024
New Wehrheim Gallery prominently showcases internships, projects, and collaborative research
Photos from past internships, events, and research projects at Genesee Country Village & Museum stretch from floor to ceiling in the new Wehrheim Gallery on campus. Located on the first-floor of the new Student Hall for Exploration and Development (SHED), the Wehrheim Gallery will be used to highlight work done as part of RIT’s partnership with GCV&M.
December 11, 2023
RIT Archives hosts The Athenaeum Games
The Athenaeum Games—a domestic science fair held Dec. 7 in the RIT Archives—showcased 19th century skills and technology that RIT students learned about in the class Hands on History: Examining RIT’s Domestic Science and Arts Program.
December 4, 2023
RIT students explore RIT Archives for ‘Hands on History’ class
A history class dug into the RIT Archives to sample the cutting-edge domestic science curriculum taught in 1893 at the Mechanics Institute, a forerunner to RIT.
October 30, 2023
Students deliver multispectral imaging system to The State Archives in Dubrovnik
The low-cost multispectral imaging system MISHA, or the Multispectral Imaging System for Historical Artifacts, was developed by RIT experts to uncover object details that aren’t visible to the naked eye.
June 13, 2023
Juneteenth event at Genesee Country Village & Museum free for RIT community
The RIT community is invited to honor Juneteenth at the Genesee Country Village & Museum with free admission from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 17.
June 12, 2023
Early LGBTQ group Lambda Network looks back on gains at Kodak
The Democrat and Chronicle highlights a project led by Tamar Carroll, chair of the Department of History, to archive the activities of the Lambda Network, an LGBT+ support organization. (This content requires a subscription to view.)
May 25, 2023
Talking point: Japan's isolationist history
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation's program "Talking Point" features Michael Laver, professor in the Department of History.
May 23, 2023
Students use low-cost multispectral imaging system to uncover hidden texts
Izzy Moyer, a third-year museum studies student, earned an internship working with other RIT students on MISHA, the Multispectral Imaging System for Historical Artifacts. The system includes 16 LEDs to illuminate objects using different wavelengths of light to see the object in new ways.
April 25, 2023
SHED and Wallace Library classrooms offer new teaching and learning experience
When the Student Hall for Exploration and Development (SHED) opens in the fall, the multi-use facility will create an entirely new learning environment for RIT faculty and students alike.
April 10, 2023
How does history shape our understanding of a mid-sized city like Rochester?
WXXI’s “Connections” program features Michael Brown, associate professor in the Department of History.
March 8, 2023
Ada Lovelace and computers, music, needlepoint and weaving
ABC Radio National in Australia interviews Corinna Schlombs, associate professor of history, about Ada Lovelace, a 19th-century mathematician.