Through Turbulence to Transformation:
Muhlenberg College in the 1940s
For many years, stories about college campus life during the WW II era were somewhat marginalized in history books. Telling the tales of the heroism and sacrifices of men and women and the war’s impact on global and national economics and foreign policies took precedence. Even in the small collection of histories about military programs on college campuses during this period (e.g., Herge, 1996; Schneider, 1987; Cordozier, 1993), the focus was on the military presence on campuses.
While these histories are important, they leave long-silenced the stories that lie much closer to the everyday lived experiences on our campus and with Muhlenberg men on active duty during World War II. To that end, Documentary Research students work with Susan Falciani Maldonado, Special Collections and Archives Librarian, to understand and work with primary sources and work with Dr. Ranieri to develop ethical sensibilities and technological skills to do justice to their subjects as they create short digital documentaries about our Muhlenberg community during the WW II era.