Cornell Historical Society

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About the Cornell Historical Society

The Cornell Historical Society (CHS) is an undergraduate organization at Cornell University founded in 2010.  We educate and foster appreciation for historical topics and methodology with the undergraduate student population and the community at large.  More information and contact information may be found on the Department of History website.

Read about our Activities in 2014-2015

from the Department of History Newsletter & written by Holly Case

This his year has marked the fifth anniversary of the Cornell Undergraduate Historical Society (CHS) and its journal Ezra’s Archives. The group now has a history of its own and is poised to pass the torch to a new generation of young leaders. Senior presidents this year were Michael Shyer (’15, History), who spent the spring semester abroad, and Rose Hanson (’15, History), along with co-president Julia Krupski (’17, ILR). All have been very active in coordinating the group’s activities, enhancing and managing its budget, and overseeing both the production of the journal and the peer advisor program, which pairs underclass students with upper-class advisors.

In addition to the journal and peer advising, the Society hosted several successful events, including two dinners with new Cornell History faculty, Larry Glickman and Victor Seow, as well as a lecture by Eric Jenkins-Sahlin on the first female civil engineer in the United States, Cornell alumna Nora Stanton Blatch (1905), and her Chinese classmate, Hu Dongchao (1905). Social media chair Zoe Jackson (’16, History) began Ezra’s Little Archives, a Tumblr for CHS members to share tidbits of historical research, and the club is excited to watch it grow.

CHS leadership also held intensive training workshops for its peer advisors and editors of Ezra’s Archives. Thanks to the hard work of twenty-five undergraduate editors, this year’s journal includes five articles of undergraduate historical research from students at universities and colleges around the country. It features a reflection from CHS founders Maya Koretzky (’13, History) and Andrew White (’12, History), and a historical perspective from Corey Ryan Earle (’07), an expert on Cornell’s history. In addition to the print version of the journal, with its special cover design commemorating Cornell’s 150th year, Ezra’s Archives was also published online through the Cornell University Library for the first time in its history. We will all miss the graduating seniors who have been active and enthusiastic members of the Society over the years. Recipients of CHS graduation cords this year include Grace Gorenstein, Ryan Isenberg, John Handel, Thomas Livingston, Hannah McKinney, Gretchen Stillings, Michael Shyer and Rose Hanson.

Several of our graduating seniors also wrote honors theses this year, among them Rose Hanson, Gretchen Stillings, John Handel, and Ryan Isenberg in History, and Grace Gorenstein in Economics. Sincerest congratulations to all of them and we look forward to following their lives and careers. Several younger members have been very active this year, especially Julia Krupski, who has been elected Club president for next year, John Hall (’17, History), Kevin March (’16, History), who will be the vice president of club affairs next year, and Samantha Reig (’17, Psychology), next year’s vice president of Ezra’s Archives.

The future of CHS is in good hands and will continue in its mission to “educate and foster appreciation for historical topics and methodology with the undergraduate student population and the community at large.” Interested in joining or learning more about CHS, or in becoming a peer advisor or an editor of Ezra’s Archives? You don’t have to be a History major to participate, just bring your passion for history. Contact CHS at


The Cornell Historical Society is holding their first meeting this Monday, September 14! Please join us in McGraw 365 from 5:00pm-6:00pm. If you have any questions please email