History students invite alumni returning for Homecoming to share their stories and experiences from their years at Concordia.
Cobber pride is one reason Dezmond Ward ’17 came to Concordia. Now the history and political science major from Milbank, S.D., will help document stories and items that are part of that tradition.
He and his classmates in a U.S. history course are hosting Cobber History Harvest, which will begin this Homecoming weekend.
Alumni who return to campus are invited to share stories and experiences from their college days. Interviews will be arranged; photos, documents and letters will be scanned; and other items will be photographed to become part of the college’s digital archives.
“It’s important that we gather this history so we don’t lose it,” Ward says. “It’s so different when you see, feel and touch history.”
The community-based history event will help expand the college archives, especially its materials on everyday life at Concordia: What did you think of dining services in the 1960s? What was campus like on 9/11? What was it like to play football for Jake Christiansen in the 1950s?
“These are the things that are often not documented, but they are part of our legacy,” says Lisa Sjoberg, college archivist.
By documenting these stories and items, students will gain valuable critical thinking and research skills by handling primary history sources.
And alumni who share will celebrate their own mark on the college.
“Part of this whole idea is to help the public understand that their stories are an important part of history,” says Dr. Joy Lintelman, professor of history whose class is hosting the event.
In preparation for the event, Lintelman asked her students to bring their own college archives to class.
Ward brought his aunt’s sorority book from 1977. His family found the notebook while cleaning out his grandmother’s garage.
“The memories tied to it is the real value of the item,” he says.
And to be part of preserving those memories is valuable, too.
“It’s a lot of responsibility to show that these stories matter,” says Emily Breitbach ’17, Fargo, N.D. “I’m excited to be a part of it.”
Want to be part of the Cobber History Harvest?
Visit Carl B. Ylvisaker Library: 1-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11; 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12; noon-2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13
Bring stories, photos, documents, letters, memorabilia, clothing, or any other items that tell your Cobber story. Items will be photographed/scanned and included in the college archives. Interviews will also be arranged.