All posts by Payton

In Retrospect: The Race to Space

This photograph courtesy of nasa.org. This week, we’re venturing our back back into the Kennedy administration—if you haven’t read my blog post about JFK conspiracy theories, it is available here! Really, however, I suppose John Schlossberg would more likely approve of our topic, because instead of analyzing the ins and outs of that tragic day ...

History Research Paper Series, Part Three: Faculty Support

On this final installment of the three part miniseries on the process and experience of tackling history research papers at Centre College (the other components of the series touch on topic exploration and the research process). This week, we’ll be touching on the importance of turning to your professor for support during the duration of the ...

JFK Assassination Conspiracies: Problematic or Interesting?

When Americans think of the presidency of John F. Kennedy, many focus on particular elements: his youth and charisma in debates and during speeches; the crisis averted in the Cuban Missile Crisis; or, perhaps most commonly, his tragic assassination during a motorcade in Dallas, Texas, in 1963. Photographs of the terrible day are widespread and ...

History Research Paper Series, Part Two: Reading and Research

This post serves as part two of our miniseries on the experience of tackling a history research paper at Centre. Last time (available here), I spoke to the process of choosing a research paper topic that best suits the writer. This time, we’ll discuss how this idea moves into research, and how the writer’s interests ...

History Research Paper Series, Part One: Topic Exploration

As a liberal arts institution, Centre is well known for shaping well-rounded students with its broad-reaching curriculum. As a part of that experience, every student at Centre is expected to take a survey course in World or United States history, classes that typically require a research paper due at the end of the term. History ...

The Showbox and Historical Memory in Seattle

The above photograph courtesy of Joe Mabel, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3268357. Hello, all! I suppose I should briefly introduce myself before jumping into business. My name is Payton Howard, and I am the student intern for Centre Trail this semester! I am a junior at Centre with a History major and Creative Writing minor—I’m fascinated with ...