An NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop hosted by the Spencer Museum of Art

David Trowbridge, PhD

Associate Professor of History, Marshall University
Founder and Director of African and African American Studies, Marshall University
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David Trowbridge is an Associate Professor of History and the Founder and Director of African and African American Studies at Marshall University. He will provide a lecture about the arrival of the Exodusters, a group of African Americans who migrated to Kansas in the late 19th century following the Civil War. This lecture will help us understand how black migration is connected to the political compromises between the North and South that ultimately brought an end to the Reconstruction Era. Dr. Trowbridge will also speak at the Black Archives about early Civil Rights activism in the Kansas City area and lead an interactive presentation on Clio and ways you might incorporate it into your own classroom teaching. 

Dr. Trowbridge's research interests include post-Civil War migration from the South, early segregation, and Civil Rights activism in Kansas. He is the author of A History of the United States, a collegiate textbook published under a Creative Commons license. His work has appeared in leading academic journals such as the Journal of American History and The Journal of African American History. He has served as a heritage consultant for the Kansas Humanities Council and is an Inaugural Recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Living the Legacy Award (2013) at Marshall University for his outstanding faculty service. In 2016, Trowbridge was one of eight publicly engaged scholars in the humanities to receive the Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Fellowship for his work with Clio, a website and mobile application that connects the public to information about nearby historical sites and cultural landmarks.



PhD, University of Kansas
MA, Emporia State University
BA, Emporia State University

Dates of Workshop Sessions

Session I: June 18-24, 2017 

Session II: July 9-15, 2017

Contact Information

Cassandra Mesick Braun, Project Co-Director: | 785-864-6794

Celka StraughnProject Co-Director: | 785-864-0136

Sydney PurselProject Intern: | 785-864-5253

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Spencer Museum of Art
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Lawrence, KS 66045  | 785-864-4710

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