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James McPherson presents "Lincoln and the West"

James McPherson presents "Lincoln and the West"
Famed American Civil War historian and Pulitzer Prize winning author, James McPherson, will lecture in October on Abraham Lincoln as a product of the American West and his fascination with the Pacific Coast.

From Stumptown to Treetown

From Stumptown to Treetown
Painstakingly researched by David Hedberg at Portland State University, in partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry, From Stumptown to Treetown, connects historic photos to those same trees today, and invites you to explore Portland’s oldest living features.

FALL 2015 History Courses

FALL 2015 History Courses
The tentative schedule for FALL 2015 is available now! Priority Registration has begun.
Students of history, through investigation of the past, gain skills and perspectives that foster a better understanding of the world and their place in it. The study of history contributes to the goals of a liberal arts education by enabling students to gain a deep appreciation of the diversity of human experience over time.

Through the study of history, students learn how to interpret their own experience and to shape their own values by engaging in dialogues with the past. The study of history also nurtures the ability to view the world from multiple perspectives, including interdisciplinary ones. Finally, history provides the foundation for informed participation in both the local and the global community by teaching how to apply critical thinking skills to solving problems. The study of history offers excellent training for a variety of occupations, from teaching to law, government, business, and the arts.

The PSU Department of History encourages active engagement in historical inquiry, whether at the introductory survey level, in seminars, or in community-based learning. Active engagement requires students to learn how to master basic knowledge, ask historical questions, access and evaluate information, and communicate what they have learned in both written and oral forms. Helping students master the use of a variety of sources and tools to unlock the past is a goal of all history courses.

We also invite you to visit the Friends of History website. The FOH is a community organization devoted to the promotion and dissemination of historical information in the Portland area. Monthly roundtable discussions on the Civil War, book discussion groups, and presentations by guest speakers on all manner of historical topics are just a sample of FOH's program offerings.

Support the History Department by making a donation through the PSU Foundation's secure website.