This website is a collaborative effort of four Wooster students, Brandon Bell ‘18, M. Alex Kaufmann ‘x17, Joe MacInnes ‘19, and Hope Nelson ‘18. Supervised by Dr. Madonna Hettinger and Dr. Katie Holt, and supported by Sally Kendrick ’16 and Scott Wagner ’17, this project commemorates and celebrates the 150-year history of The College of Wooster with thirty-four articles from different parts of its history.

From left to right: Sally Wagner ’16, Hope Nelson ’18, Alex Kaufmann ‘x17, Brandon Bell ’18, and Joseph MacInnes ’19.

Student researchers chose the topics for each article. While the articles could not cover every topic possible, they are meant to represent a breadth of student perspectives about The College’s history.

This project was funded by the Mellon Foundation through a grant given to the Wooster Digital History Project, a student research experience advised by Wooster history faculty each summer made possible by the efforts of Dr. Heather Fitz-Gibbon, Dean of Faculty Development, and the Department of History.

This project would also not have been possible without the valuable resources provided by The College of Wooster Special Collections in Andrews Library and the work of Denise Monbarren, Special Collections Librarian.  Melissa Young Schultz, Director of Web Communication, gave invaluable feedback on web and user experience design. Jon Breteinbucher, Director of Educational, was crucial in the transitioning the website out of the test server as well as providing web guidance to the students researchers.

This website is a part of the greater celebration of The College of Wooster’s 150th anniversary; other projects include a mobile app walking tour narrated by President Bolton, a museum exhibit “150 Years Through Students’ Eyes” curated by Dr. Hettinger, and the 150th Anniversary digital timeline.  You can learn more about Dr. Hettinger’s photo book 150 Years: Through Students’ Eyes here.

About the Students

Brandon Bell ’18 is a History and Geology double major from Lexington, KY. He worked last year with the Wooster Digital History Project to create a digital history exhibit for the 1969 Flood in Wayne County, OH. He’s also worked with Dr. Wiles and the Wooster Tree Ring Lab to date historical structures using tree ring dating, and is a staff writer for The Wooster Voice, The College’s newspaper. He wants to pursue a career in science writing.

M. Alex Kaufmann x’17 (they/them/their) is a rising senior WGSS major and Chinese studies minor attending The Ohio State University in the fall of 2016. Alex is from Fairview Park, Ohio, a west-side suburb of Cleveland. They have held two research assistantships at The College of Wooster, one helping translate Western Jin dynasty poetry  under Dr. Yue Zhang (Oct. 2013-Aug. 2014) and the other plotting geographic points utilizing a 19th century Chinese biography under Dr. Jim Bonk (Jan.-May 2015). They have also worked at Western Reserve Historical Society in the Jewish History Archives under Dr. Sean Martin processing materials during the summer of 2015, and as a Special Collections assistant under Denise Monbarren at The College from April 2014 to May 2016. Alex’s research interests include gender studies surrounding non binary identities and 19th century Presbyterian missions in Southern China. Alex hopes to pursue a career as an archivist after graduating in the spring of 2017.

Joe MacInnes ’19 is a sophomore from Albion, MI. While currently undeclared, he plans on majoring in Computer Science and Classical Studies. Prior to the helping build this website, Joe constructed the Virtual Old Main tour, a 3-D recreation of the campus’s original academic building.  Joe is also the president of Woobotics, Wooster’s robotics club, which he plans to strengthen in its second year on record. Joe hopes to pursue a career in digital humanities.

Hope Nelson ’18 is a junior History and Anthropology major from Colorado. She previously worked with the Wooster Digital History Project in the summer of 2015, where her research focused on creating an online exhibit about the history and legends of the Underground Railroad in Wayne County, Ohio.