The Department of History hosts several events each semester including community-wide talks at local libraries, faculty panel discussions on current events, research forums for faculty and students, scholarship banquets, and even concerts.

Each semester the department hosts a number of interactive and informative events that involve both the immediate and regional communities, as well as the campus community. One such event is the Library Community talks, offered at least once per month by various history faculty. Also, the History Research Forum is held biweekly on Thursday afternoons. The forums are one of several opportunities the Department of History provides for both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty members, to present and receive feedback on their research. Other history-related opportunities include the annual Western Kentucky Regional History Competition, which is more affectionately known as "History Day," hosted by Murray State's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta. Additionally, the campus-wide Scholar's Week provides an open forum for both undergraduate and graduate students to present their research to faculty and peers. Both of these events occur in the Spring term.

Every year the Murray State Department of History hosts two banquets. A fall banquet honors the late James W. Hammack, Jr. who served on the history department faculty for over thirty years and spent ten of those years as the department chair. Dr. Hammack was also a pioneer in the field of oral history. Proceeds of the Annual James W. Hammack, Jr. Memorial Banquet benefit the James W. Hammack Scholarship Fund, which supports graduate education in history. A second banquet honors the late T. Wayne Beasley. The proceeds of this banquet benefit the T. Wayne Beasley Memorial History Scholarship for undergraduates. The Beasley Scholarship Banquet is generally held every Spring. The History Department will host the Sixth Annual Beasley Scholarship Banquet on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Curris Center Stables. We are accepting reservations for the banquet until February 28th.

The Roots Music Concert is usually held in the Fall, after the Hammack Banquet.

Library Community Talks, Spring 2017

These events will be held at the Murray Calloway County Public Library, at 2:00 pm on the respective dates.
Sunday, February 5 : "Daniel Boone, American Pathfinder" by Ted Franklin Belue
Sunday, February 26 : "C.E. Morgan's All the Living by Dr. J. Duane Bolin
Sunday, March 5 : "Yellow Fever in the Mississippi Valley, 1878-79" by Dr. Urmi Engineer
Sunday, April 2 : "In Search of Adolf Rupp" by Dr. J. Duane Bolin

Roots Musical Concert

The 7th Annual Roots Music Concert was held November 15th at 7:30 pm, in Lovett Auditorium. Donations of preservable foods (can goods) to support Needline are traditionally requested as "admission."

Check out a sample of the music from "Roots" on the event page.


Phi Alpha Theta Events

Phi Alpha Theta, or PAT, hosts and participates in a number of events every semester, both on and off campus.

For Spring 2017, the annual Western Kentucky History Competition for regional schools is scheduled for Thursday, March 9 in the Curris Center on campus. Also, two regional conferences frequented by PAT members occur in the Spring.

From Fall 2016:

Tent City is an annual fundraising event for Phi Alpha Theta. Tent City 2016 falls on the weekend of Halloween - Saturday, October 29th. PAT can be found at the College of Humanities and Fine Arts tent - stop by to show your support!

October 25 PAT hosted a panel discussion of the History of Elections - to gear us up for the 2016 Presidential Election. See more on the Events page.

October 15 PAT adventured to Memphis to explore some history. PAT participants visited the Civil Rights Museum, ate at the oldest restaurant on Beale Street, and checked out the Memphis sites.

James W. Hammack, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Banquet, Fall 2016

This year's guest speaker was E. Stanly Godbold, Jr. on "Jimmy Carter." The banquet was held September 17, 2016.


History Research Forum

Forums List

See a list and details of our past forums here.

Phi Alpha Theta, Spring 2016

Phi Alpha Theta participates in a biennial national conference for students to present at. Along with the national conference, Phi Alpha Theta presents at a regional conference every year.

National Phi Alpha Theta

Annual Shakespeare Festival, Spring 2016

Murray States' annual Shakespeare festival was held on March 7-10, with Cinema International featured showings of Ceasar Must Die, March 3-5. Two faculty members of the Murray State Department of History Department participated this year at Murray State University's Shakespeare Festival, "Dangerous Dreams Tour." Dr. Kathy Callahan delivered a lecture in Waterfield Library on March 7 at 3:30 PM titled: "We Band of Brothers: Henry V and the Hundred Years' War." On March 10 at 3:00 PM in Waterfield Library, Dr. Aaron Irvin presented a lecture titled: "Caesar: The History Behind the Story." We look forward to seeing you at similar events in the future.

Shakespeare Festival

Symposium for History Undergraduate Research

Dr. James Humphreys takes a group of students with him every year to his Alma Mater Mississippi State University to present at the Symposium for History Undergraduate Research.