Department News

    Two History Faculty Win Excellence in Teaching Awards

    The Department of History is pleased to announce that two History faculty members have been recognized for excellence in teaching. Dr. Sandra Enríquez won the 2020 Chancellor’s Early Career Award for Excellence in Teaching and Dr. Rebecca Davis won the 2020 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Congratulations to Drs. Enríquez and Davis on these richly deserved awards!








    UMKC History Students Co-author Edited Collection

    The UMKC History Department is delighted to announce the publication of a new edited collection authored collaboratively by an international team of graduate students from universities in Hamburg, Kansas City, St. Louis, Vienna, and Wrocław.

    The newest addition to the series German Migration to Missouri, From Langenbrück to Kansas City: The Kiefer-Scholz Family, explores the experiences of a rural working-class family as they migrated from Upper Silesia in the early twentieth century, adapted to life in the United States, and maintained many of their transatlantic relationships. It is based on the Kiefer-Scholz family's private collection of holy cards, letters, photographs, and postcards.

    In 2020, the Robert J. Kiefer and Thekla E. Scholz Collection became the primary focus of a collaborative international online research seminar and project involving four faculty members and more than thirty graduate students in art history, ethnography, history, and public history. German Migration to Missouri 2.0 consists of student-authored microhistories focusing on this one German-American family. It offers rare glimpses into the experience of German-American migration and acculturation through the lens of a fascinating working-class woman.

    Thank you to Bob Kiefer and his extended family for sharing the private documents of their fascinating family, and congratulations to the students and faculty who produced this work, including UMKC Professor of History Andrew Stuart Bergerson, one of the editors of the collection, and UMKC graduate students Emily Bucher, Kathleen Foster, Zoe Honeck, Alexandra Kern, Gary C. Sharp, Robert Swearengin, and Michele Valentine.

    The collection is available now as an eBook; a print version is forthcoming.


    Public History Project Wins Two Awards from AASLH

    The Department of History is proud to announce that "Kansas City's Guadalupe Centers: A Century of Serving the Latino Community" has been recognized with two awards from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH).

    This multifaceted Public History project is a collaboration from the Guadalupe Centers, Inc., the Department of History, the UMKC Latinx and Latin American Studies Program, Tico Productions, LLC, and the Kansas City Public Library. Their efforts included an exhibit, a documentary, public programming, and an ongoing archival project to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the organization.

    The Guadalupe Centennial project received AASLH’s Award of Excellence, and was one of three projects recognized with the History in Progress (HIP) Award. The HIP Award is given to projects that are "highly inspirational, exhibit exceptional scholarship, and/or are exceedingly entrepreneurial in terms of funding, partnerships, or collaborations, creative problem solving, or unusual project design and inclusiveness."

    Congratulations to Dr. Sandra Enríquez (History), Dr. Theresa Torres (LLAS), History graduate student Hunter Albright, our Public History students who worked on this project, and all of the collaborators!