Capstone 490 -- Spring 2010

Professor Russell Dennis

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

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extensive archival materials he has assembled, which encompass more than 100 related articles, media reports, and rare historical documents.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

The videos of each class noted below will be posted as the course continues.


University at Lewisburg from 1846 to 1886

Roberts Hall 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


Carnegie Building 1906


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

Owens House 1942


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


Cooley Hall 1983




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