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KAH Virtual Conference 2021

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Welcome to the 2021 virtual conference for the Kansas Association of Historians! Our morning sessions showcase the work of history students from across the state and the region. The afternoon sessions consist of roundtable discussions on how history relates to the current events we are experiencing.

Discussions and question and answer sessions for each student paper session will be held via Zoom. The meetings are linked below within each session. You will also find links for each student paper. We encourage conference participants to read the papers in advance; student papers will not be read during the sessions. 

The roundtable discussions in the afternoon will also be hosted via Zoom. Please click on the appropriate link to join the session.

Welcome to the conference!

Dr. Christopher Childers, Pittsburg State University

2021 President

Dr. Cheryl Golden, Newman University

2021 Vice-President and Program Chair

Session 1: 8:30am-10:00am

Moderator: Ms. Hollie Marquess, Fort Hays State University

  • Zachary DeGreeff, Baker University, "Kansas City or Bust: The Methodist Plan to Relocate Baker University, 1927-1939"

    Zachary DeGreeff is a student at Baker University pursuing bachelor’s degrees in History and Secondary Education. His primary research interest is the social and political history of the 20th century.

  • Alison Helget, Fort Hays State University, "Playing Bachelor: Playboy’s 1950s and 1960s Remasculinization Campaign"

    Alison Jean Helget is a first-year graduate student at Fort Hays State University. Her research interests include gender, sexuality, and racism in American society/culture. After she completes her master’s programs, she plans on pursuing a doctorate in history. 

  • Beth L. Hendrickson, Emporia State University, "Periodization of Northeast Kansas Library System"

    Beth Hendrickson is a recent graduate of Emporia State University, where she completed a Master of Library Science with a concentration in Archive Studies and a Public History certificate. Her research focuses on gender and sexuality in the twentieth century and audiovisual materials in archives. 

  • Rhenee Clark Swink, Wichita State University, "Functionality and Freedom: Constructing Meaning of Women's Pants in Reform Dress"

    Rhenee Clark Swink is a graduate student in the Local and Community History Program at Wichita State University. Her publications include "Gobitis and Barnett: The Flag Salute and the Changing Interpretation of the Constitution" and "Gender and Division of Labor associated with Dying, Burial and Mourning in Early America." Rhenee collects vintage clothing and volunteers performing historic interpretation. 

Session 2: 10:15am-11:45am

Moderator: Dr. Kristen Epps, Kansas State University

  • Madison Barben, Northwest Missouri State University, "Cross Versus Cross: The Kirchenkampf and the Holocaust"

    Madison Barben is a senior at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO. She is completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a supporting minor in Public History and Museum Studies and will graduate this spring. Barben is interested in researching the complex relationship between National Socialism and Christianity in Germany during the Third Reich. She aims to further pursue this interest in graduate school.

  • Andrea Chestnut, Pittsburg State University, "The Biography of Jack Wintle"

    Andrea Chestnut is a senior attending Pittsburg State University and majoring in history/government education. Her research interests include rural and environmental history and Kansas history.

  • Madeline Waskowiak, Northwest State Missouri University, "Holocaust Education in America: Eichmann Trial to Schindler’s List"

    Madeline Waskowiak is a senior in social science education at Northwest Missouri State University. Her research interests varies from urban America and immigration to the Eastern front during the two World Wars. She will be student teaching this fall and hopes to continue my passion for history after that.

Business Meeting: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Afternoon Round Table 1: Teaching in the Time of Covid-19


John Daley, Pittsburg State University

George Dehner, Wichita State University

Jay Price, Wichita State University

Jim Sherow, Kansas State University

Afternoon Round Table 2: How Historians Address Racial Injustice in Kansas and U.S. History


Tai Edwards, Johnson County Community College

Kelly Erby, Washburn University

Jim Leiker, Johnson County Community College

Special thanks to:

• Gregor Kalan and Lydia Winters, Pittsburg State University University Marketing and Communication, for website development and assistance.

• Angela Neria, Chief Information Officer, Pittsburg State University, for offering technical support.

• Jennifer Pursley, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, Pittsburg State University, for Zoom technical assistance. 

• The KAH Executive Board members for their hard work and support of this year's virtual conference.

See you in person in 2022!