me with soldierI teach History at Marquette University High School, a Jesuit College Prep school in Milwaukee. Although open to anyone interested in history, this blog often begins and continues conversations with students in my US History, World History, and Civil War classrooms. We strive to make content connections to current events and this forum allows for more in-depth discussions using digital source material than class time may allow.  Another goal is to strike up conversations with other educators regarding the use of technology/online primary sources and how to make history relevant in the 21st Century Classroom.

A few subjects of special interest: The Civil War era and legacy, Wisconsin and local history, Family history, the 1980s, Futurism, and the History of Technology and Space Exploration.Thank you for visiting!


Presenter: “Teaching Sacred Places: High School Students Compare Slave Memory and Historic Landscapes in the North and South,” The Slave Dwelling Project Conference, Savannah, GA, September 18-20, 2014.

Speaker: “Slavery in Wisconsin,” Charleston County Libraries Main Library, Charleston, SC, May 28, 2014.

“Teaching Civil War Memory: Classrooms Collaborations, Public Engagement and Adventure.” Common-place. Spec. issue of The Civil War at 150 14:2 (2014). Web. Jan.  2014.

Presenter: “Dreams to Mars: Engaging the World to Study Exploration on Earth and Mars,” ISTE Conference, San Antonio, TX, June 23, 2013.

Speaker: “Future of Civil War History: Written in Stone or Scanned in a Phone?” Kenosha Civil War Museum, Kenosha, WI, April 12, 2013.

Panelist: “Teaching the Civil War: Challenges, Opportunities, and New Strategies for the Classroom,” Future of Civil War History: Looking Beyond the 150th, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA, March 16, 2013.

Robert A. and Marie Hansen Excellence in Teaching Grant Award. Marquette University High School, 2012-2013.

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