First Annual Borderland Stories Conference

First Annual Borderland Stories Conference held at Marygrove College in Detroit

The history department at the University of Windsor co-sponsored of a new local history conference highlighting the original research done by students on both sides of the border. On April 31 twelve student presenters from three area universities presented representing partments of history, anthropology and education. The full day conference featured four panels on the borderland region.

Wayne State anthropology students presented research how the building of Detroit’s landmark central train station effected the neighborhood around it, and a project to map Native American sites using ancient bent trail trees in northern Michigan.

Conflict in the region with a special emphasis on the War of 1812 was the focus of another panel which included Kirkland Ellens, graduate of University of Windsor BA and MA programs in history. This panel included research on indigenous peoples in the early 19th century.

There was a particularly strong showing from University of Windsor undergraduate and graduate students including Salma Abumeeiz, Nicole Chittle, Jason Lavine, Genevieve Chevalier and John-Michael Markovic and Lisa Oversby, Daniel Cartier, and Brody LeFrancois. Photo credits to Carol Reader.

Dr. Shauna Huffaker and Dr. Guillaume Teasdale worked with Dr. Karen Marrero at Wayne State and Dr. Thomas Klug, head of Marygrove College’s Institute for Detroit Studies to organize the conference and are excited to run this conference again next year. Students get your papers ready!