Roberts Hall 1886Capstone 490 -- Spring 2010

Professor Russell Dennis

This course, captured in its entirety, provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to explore Bucknell's history, culture and development. In this course, Professor Dennis explored the continuity and change of a Bucknell education from the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twenty-first century. The course covered the historical periods 1865, 1895, 1915, 1945, 1965 and 1985 to the present. The class also toured campus to examine the University's architecture and toured the nearby Lewisburg cemetery to see the gravesites of important historical figures associated with Bucknell.

All course materials are provided here, including videos of Professor Dennis' lectures and the tours of campus, as well as the extensive archival materials he assembled, which encompassed more than 100 related articles, media reports, and rare historical documents. Spring 2010 marked the last time Professor Dennis taught this course, and the University is proud to share his knowledge and insights with the Bucknell community in this way.

University at Lewisburg from 1846 to 1886

  • Friday, Jan. 22, 2010:
    Topics covered:
    Main Building, Academy Building, and the Female Institute Building
  • Monday, Jan. 25, 2010:
    Topics covered:
    Main Building, Academy Building, and the Female Institute Building
  • Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010:
    Topics Covered: History of the University in mid-19th century with emphasis on Presidents Malcom and Loomis, university life in the 1860s, 1870s and 1880s, student life, and the interaction between students and faculty.
  • Friday, Jan. 29, 2010:
    Topics Covered: Field trip to Special Collections/University Archives
  • Monday, Feb. 1, 2010:
    Topics Covered: The University at Lewisburg, and the Civil War; and The Saga of Andrew Gregg Tucker
  • Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010:
    Topics Covered: History of Bucknell athletics, including baseball, basketball, field & track, and football.
  • Friday, Feb. 5, 2010:
    Topics Covered: History of the Library, Theta Alpha, and Euepia.

Growth and transformation from 1887 to 1929

The Great Depression, World War II and its aftermath: 1930 to 1949

Bucknell in the second half of the twentieth century -- 1950 - 2000

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