Welcome to the BGSU History Department Outreach Page! The History department offers a wide variety of programs, such as Ohio History Day, teachers' workshops, guest lectures and more!

Gary R. Hess Lecture

The Gary R. Hess Lecture is an annual lecture hosted by the History department.

Melvyn Leffler
Dr. Melvyn P. Leffler was the guest speaker for the 2023 Gary R. Hess Lecture. Dr. Leffler is Edward Stettinius Professor of History at the University of Virginia. His lecture title was: "Confronting Saddam Hussein: George W. Bush and the Invasion of Iraq". This lecture took place on October 4, 2023.
BGSU Alum '95 and Georgia Southern University professor Dr. Bill Allison speaks at his "Contested Memories" lecture at the Annual Gary R. Hess Lecture in September 2022. (Left to right: Dr. Gary R. Hess, Dr. Bill Allison, Dr. Benjamin Greene), Photo courtesy of Dr. Amílcar Challú.

Ohio History Day  

The Department of History at Bowling Green State University is honored to host the annual Region 1 Competition of Ohio History Day, for students in grades 6-12 from Allen, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Lucas, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, Williams, & Wood Counties. The Region 1 Contest will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2024, in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Teachers, students, and volunteers can find more details and register starting Monday, November 27. An affiliate of National History Day, the Region 1 Competition is the first step and prerequisite to competing in the state- and national-level contests.

Registration is now open for teachers and students for the Region 1 History Day Competition on March 9, 2024! Click here to register.

The Center for Archival Collections at Jerome Library will be hosting a free Research Day workshop for teachers, students, and parents involved in History Day on Saturday, January 20, 2024 from 10:30am-2:30pm. This program is free and registration is required. Registration closes on January 12. The Research Days are sponsored by Ohio History Day at the Ohio History Connection, the Center for Archival Collections at BGSU, with support from the Ohio Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Recent Lecture Events

Dr. Douglas Forsyth of the Department of History at BGSU presented on how teachers can use their own experiences with family history to inform their teaching.This lecture was November 17. Touching on the implications of expanded access to genealogy research tools like Ancestry and FamilySearch, Dr. Forsyth discussed how the personal experience of discovering difficult truths about ancestors can inform classroom practice.
Dr. Shirley Greene discussed Toledo Female Police History for Women's History Month Lecture in March 2023.

Updated: 11/29/2023 01:27PM