From the Register-Mail:
History 347: Museums, Monuments and Memories is not your average history class.
Over the course of a semester, 14 Knox College students, three teaching assistants and a professor created a museum exhibit â€œThe Second World War: A World Transformed,â€ which is on display through June 7 at the Ford Center for the Fine Arts.
â€œA lot of times with history classes, youâ€™re always writing papers, doing research,â€ said Knox junior Ryan Larson. â€œWith this, we got to work with our hands.â€
Wearing a 40s-style, brown wool sport coat, Larson explained that all the students were â€œdressed to periodâ€ to set the scene; some of the costumes were provided by Prairie Players.
â€œI found this at Salvation Army for 81 cents,â€ said teaching assistant Margaret Spiegel, gesturing to her red, bandana-printed dress. She was a student of History 347 during the last time it was offered, which is every two years. The year she participated, their museum exhibit theme was the Lincoln-Douglas Debates, since 2008 was the 150th anniversary of the debates.
This year marks the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II, so it was a fitting theme for this history classâ€™s museum project, said professor Catherine Denial.
â€œAll I did was tell them it had to be about World War II,â€ she said. â€œThey brainstormed to figure out the rest.â€
The students interviewed Knox graduates who lived during World War II to get ideas for their exhibit. Knox senior Jenny Pederson interviewed Jim Moser, who was signed up to be a cadet and serve in World War II but then the war ended, and he didnâ€™t get to.