The Great War: A Community Remembrance of the First World War, 1914-1918

Great War exhibitThe exhibit will run from July 12 through September 25, 2014 and is located in the Salz-Pollak Atrium Gallery of Pollak Library.

About the Curators

Danielle A. Stephan, Organizer and Curator-in-Chief

Danielle Alyse Stephan is a graduate student in the history department at California State University, Fullerton and is a member of Phi Alpha Theta (National History Honors Society), Theta Pi chapter. She will finish her Master of Arts degree in history in January of 2015. Her emphasis of study is in medieval and early modern European and Middle Eastern history; however, she has enjoyed studying and collecting items from World War I since she took an elective course on the conflict while studying in France as an undergraduate. Miss Stephan is an incoming corps member for Teach For America and will teach secondary level social studies in San Diego during the 2014-2015 school year. Other than her love of history, she is very passionate about social justice issues and enjoys photography, watercolor painting, jewelry making, baking, and spending hours with her nose stuck in a book.

Lindsay Huysentruyt, Heritage Curator

Lindsay Huysentruyt is a graduate student in the History Department at CSUF and is President of the History Students' Association. She is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, Theta Pi Chaper and served as their Treasurer in the 2013-14 school year. She is also an active member of the Cultural and Public History Association. She will complete her Master of Arts degree in History in May 2015.Though her emphasis is on post WWII Germany, Holocaust Memory, and German National Identity her work with public and oral history makes this project on WWI and the Orange County Community an important interest to her. When she completes her degree, she looks forward to either teaching or pursuing career opportunities that focus on conducting and preserving Oral History. When she is not studying, Lindsay enjoys film, old jazz music, cooking, visiting museums with friends, and hiking with her dog.

M. Daniell Whittington, Media Curator and Community Liaison

Mariea Daniell Whittington is a proud alumna of California State University, Fullerton. She finished her master's degree in history at CSUF in 2012. She is also a member of Phi Alpha Theta - Theta Pi chapter, and was vice president of the chapter during the 2010-2011 school year. While at CSUF, her focus was on the Medieval Age, but she loves all aspects of history because she knows that it is important to preserve memories of people, places, and events for the next generation. Currently, Miss Whittington is finishing her MLIS degree through San Jose State University and working to help a primary school in South Africa fill its library shelves. She enjoys scrapbooking, cooking, baking, sewing, playing video games, and figuring out how to put bacon in everything edible.

About the Exhibit

This exhibit presents photographic and historical artifacts from World War I to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the war. It examines the First World War as both a world-wide event experienced by the international community and also as a local event experienced by family members of current Orange County residents. Displays will cover the topics of trench warfare, medical treatments, war art, propaganda, advances in artillery and war machinery, and ethnic and gender diversity in the war.


"The Great War" exhibit is sponsored by California State University, Fullerton's Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society), Theta Pi Chapter and the History Students Association. Special thanks to Dr. Jochen Burgtorf (Chair of California State University, Fullerton's History Department), Dr. John Carroll (Chair of the Geography Department at California State University, Fullerton), Mr. Kevin Cabrera and the Heritage Museum of Orange County, Mr. Robert Bruce Fowler, and Dr. Jonathan Markley for their contributions and support.

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