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Prepare for a successful career while earning your bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, associate, or minor from Liberty University’s Department of History. With our history, social sciences, and military studies degree programs, your knowledge of these fields will be enriched as you explore exciting career options. Courses are taught from a Christian worldview by experienced professors who share your passion for history and are grounded in their faith. Interested in a career in politics, education, or communications? A degree from our Department of History will get you ready for these fields and more.

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Chaplains Museum

Open Monday through Friday 12:00-4:30 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on the terrace level of the JF Library. Hours vary when University classes are not in session.

Email history@liberty.edu for more information.

*Please note that the museum follows University-wide weather closures.

New London Projects

The New London projects give students hands-on opportunities in archaeology, historical architecture, historical interpretation, and much more.


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The Gaither Committee is not widely known but played a critical role during the Eisenhower administration. Eisenhower created it to analyze military spending and where the government should invest money with regards to American offensive and defensive capabilities. It consisted of experts like H. Rowan Gaither, Paul Nitze, James Doolittle, and others. They collaborated to assess the Russian threat, especially after the launch of Sputnik. It concluded that the US should develop first-strike capabilities while developing technology that could counter first strikes from the Soviet Union.
What sparked the necessity of such a committee? The launch of Sputnik in 1957 caused Americans to panic, and Eisenhower attempted to assuage people’s fears. He failed because many incorrectly believed that the Soviet Union could launch nuclear missiles from satellites, and he could not convince the American public otherwise. Mass panic reigned. Thus, Eisenhower created the Gaither Committee to fully understand American technological capabilities.
 
#ThrowbackThursday #GaitherCommittee #MakeHistoryLU
About a decade ago, secret documents from a WWI British military intelligence unit were discovered in Wales. Jeremy Arter, the great-nephew of Capt. James Lloyd discovered the classified files that were originally supposed to have been destroyed at the end of WWI. As the only surviving evidence of MI7b’s existence, the documents shed light on both the propaganda from writers in the MI7b unit and revealed the hidden contributions of some famous, well-known authors. A. A. Milne, world-renowned for authoring Winnie-the-Pooh, was one of those secret writers. Milne’s name in ‘The Green Book,’ a flippant comic created by some of the MI7b writers, caught the attention of Mr. Arter as he was going through an old trunk set to be thrown out and likely saved this sole evidence of the MI7b British military propaganda unit from WWI.

 

#WorldWednesday #WW1 #WinniethePooh #MakeHistoryLU
Welcome to Military Monday! Today we are highlighting Sergeant John Basilone, who served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. Basilone famously served in the battle of Guadalcanal where he received the Medal of Honor for his daring deeds. On October 24, 1942, Japanese soldiers ambushed Sergeant Basilone and his troops while they were on a night patrol at Henderson Field. During the ambush, Basilone oversaw two sections of heavy machine guns. Throughout the night, Sgt. Basilone constantly traveled back and forth from the sections replacing, repairing, and resupplying the machine guns and ammunition. His act of bravery occurred when he repaired a machine gun in the dark, under fire, and then manned the gun himself.  He killed many Japanese Soldiers alone.  We honor him for his service. 

#MilitaryMonday #JohnBasilone #makehistorylu
“In September 1782, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and John Jay began negotiating for peace with the British to end the American Revolution. After two months of negotiating, the belligerents came to a preliminary Articles of Peace in November 1782. These agreements were Britain’s first acceptance of American demands, including American independence, and the desired geographic boundaries. They also settled several disagreements, including the debated fishing rights at Newfoundland and debt issues. These Articles of Peace were signed on November 30, 1782, but were not effective until the formal Treaty of Paris, signed in 1783.”

#AmericanRevolution #FoundingFathers. #makehistorylu
Welcome back to “One Quick Thing” with your host Ethan and Madison! This week’s Episode is on Code Girls in World War Two.  Leave a comment down below with recommendations to what we should do next!

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This year marks the 99th anniversary of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Day Parade. Though, that wasn’t its original name. 

The first parade was held in 1924, with a six-mile route from Harlem to the Macey’s store in Manhattan’s Herald Square. It featured four bands, three horse-drawn floats, and a collection of animals from the Central Park Zoo. The parade was a roaring success and has become a New York tradition ever since. 

A few changes have been made to the parade since. First, as it had been originally staged to drum up business for the holiday season, the event was originally called Macey’s Christmas Parde. The name was changed to the iconic Macey’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Second, the zoo animals didn’t appreciate being forced to march six miles, and their roars and growls of complaint frightened the children in attendance. So, the animals were replaced in 1927 with helium balloons, which were released into the air at the end of the parade. Macy’s stopped this practice after two pilots crashed their planes while trying to claim the $100 reward for the return of the balloons. Finally, while the parade itself has grown immensely, its route has been shortened to a much more leisurely 2 ½ miles. 

The parade was only canceled during World War 2 due to shortages of helium and rubber but has entertained Americans every Thanksgiving since. 

 #MacyThanksgivingParade #Thankgiving #makehistorylu
The History department is all about highlighting our students! This past week, Kevin, a residential student here at LU, hit a World record! 

“On November 4, 2023, I reset the World record for the fastest and quickest Hellcat. The old record was 6.96 at 200.48 MPH. The new record is now 6.698 at 213.84 MPH. This is considered smashing the old record because of what it takes to go quicker in the ¼ mile and faster. My team now holds four World records for the ¼ mile, ⅛ mile, and the categories of fastest factory lower factory blower with and without nitrous. My car is named GRMPYCAT, spelled exactly this way, without the U. I am a 56-year-old student here at Liberty University, I am attending with three of my children, and my wife works for Liberty University. I was the first Hellcat to break the 6-second barrier and also the first to break 200 MPH when we reset our record for the third time with a 6.99 at 200.05 MPH pass back in October 2020.”

Congrats Kevin!
#WorldRecord #MakeHistoryLU
Adaline Nolley’s interest was piqued after picking up “D-Day Girls” at the D-Day Memorial in Bedford. From there, she began an intense research project revolving around female spies—specifically, five women who worked for the Special Operations Executive in the French Section, including one double agent.

She has presented her research at several conferences, including the Phi Alpha Theta biennial national convention & the National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR).

The Center for Research & Scholarship generously provided funds for those presentations and offered to display the research indefinitely. You can check it out in the main hallway between Montview and DeMoss, on the first floor. 

Way to go, Adaline! The History Department is proud to have you.

 

#researchLU #womeninhistory #makehistorylu
BREAKING NEWS!!!! On November 15, 1777, the Continental Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation! This was the first document to establish a national government for the 13 former British colonies. It created a confederation of sovereign states with a weak central government, which was appealing to the colonists as they were fighting for independence from Great Britain. They had no desire to gain their freedom only to hand power to a new government that could violate their rights. Though it took almost four years for all 13 former colonies to ratify the Articles of Confederation, it was an important milestone in the development of the United States of America. It fostered a stronger sense of unity between the states and laid the foundation for the Constitution that the United States government is based on today.

 

#ArticlesofConfederation #makehistorylu
November 11 was Veterans Day. The History Department is honored to have students who serve actively in the United States Military. Today we would like to honor Nathaniel Estrada:

 

“Hello, I am Nathaniel Estrada and I am a U.S. Navy veteran. I am an aviation electronics technician second class with a specialty in air warfare. During my term of service, I have been on two deployments working on F/A-18F Super Hornets aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. I came to Liberty University to study History with the goal of teaching or museum work as a career. To help offset the costs of tuition, I currently serve in the U.S. Navy Reserves. Though trudging through Liberty’s hard assignments and staying on top of my military obligations is extremely challenging, it is very rewarding in the end. I look forward to continuing my education here, and I am grateful for the opportunity to learn in the best department on campus. You can always find me in the History department, in the veterans lounge, or volunteering as a tour guide at the National D-Day Memorial down the road in Bedford.”

 

Thank you, Nathaniel Estrada, for you hard work for our country and Liberty University! 

#USNavy  #VeteransApperication #makehistorylu
Have you ever wanted to deepen your research for an upcoming paper or just for fun? Don’t forget that Liberty University has its own Archives! Located on the Terrace Level of the Jerry Falwell Library, it is home to over a thousand personal and educational archives. Make sure to check them out for your next project!  

You can visit the Archives & Special Collections on the Terrace Level of the Jerry Falwell Library. You can also email archives@liberty.edu or call (434) 592-6230 with any questions related to the Archives & Special Collections.  

#Archives #JerryFalwellLibrary #makehistorylu
The Chaplain’s Museum is holding an open house! We are partnering with the Office of Military Affairs in observance of Military Emphasis Month. The Museum will be open for extended hours and chaplains will be available at the Museum throughout the day. Visitors will have an opportunity to chat with them in person. Check our Instagram (@chaplainsmuseum) for livestreaming events TBA.
 
The Chaplain’s Museum is located at the Terrace Level of the Jerry Falwell Library. We hope to see you there!
 
#ChaplainsMuseum #OpenHouse #MeettheChaplains #militaryemphasis
“Welcome to One Quick Thing: a quick hits history series presented and hosted by the Liberty University history students, Ethan and Madison. Each week, they present one quick piece of history in a humorous format, either in their armchairs during a fireside chat, or out in the field, talking to students and faculty.” 

#OneQuickThing #MakeHistoryLU
Between October 29 - November 6, 1956, the Suez Crisis began as Israeli, British, and French forces invaded Egypt to take control of the Suez Canal. The alliance sought to take the canal to control the oil supplies after Egypt nationalized it. President Eisenhower and US diplomats quickly intervened, threatening economic sanctions against the three nations if they did not withdraw. Their aim was to avoid Soviet intervention on behalf of the Arab nationalists. The threats worked and the three powers withdrew troops in the following weeks. The event weakened British and French world influence as the US and the Soviet Union took on more powerful roles in world affairs.

 

#Eisenhower #SuezCanal #makehistorylu
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