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.