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Thursday, October 16, 2014

PHI Wine

Ahhh, Dionysus. The patron Greek god of winemaking, wine, grape harvests, fertility, and of course, one of the patrons of our program. One of the most beautiful Greek gods to be sure, he gives inspiration to both the arts and revelry making around the world. 

Whoops, that's Hurley from "Lost," played by Jorge Garcia. 

There we go, that's Dionysus. Actually,.. I'm still having a hard time telling them apart.

Anyways, to get back to the point of this post, during the 2012-2013 school year Prof. Florio and his students made their own wine. Last spring we posted an update of that process after Margaret and some other students, both graduate and undergraduate, bottled some of the finished product. 

Some time had passed and there were fears that that nectar of the gods had started the slow but inevitable transformation into vinegar. Earlier this week Ana, Ben, and Prof. Florio took a trip down into the depths of College Hall to see how much of that delicious concoction we still had left. Turns was a lot. While the three of them recovered four gallons worth of vino there is still about four good gallons left. Here's to a new year with good wine!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New Graduate Intern!

We would like to welcome Ben Remillard as our new Graduate Intern for the 2014-2015 school year. Ben will be taking over for Margaret Bogosian, who so efficiently managed the position last year.

Ben is in his second year of the Heritage Studies MA program. In 2013 Ben graduated from Providence College with a double major in History and English, with a concentration in Theatre. His graduate thesis focus is on the Native American memorialization of Boston Harbor's Deer Island.

Ben says that his focus this year for Heritage Studies is to make our events as "interdisciplinary as possible in order to connect to the most students on campus, regardless of major." 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Happy Start of School!

It's a month into the school year and our office is a mess as we undertake the near herculean task of reorganizing. Hoping you're off to a good start to the semester!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Lay Apostolate Website

Over the past semester students and faculty in the Heritage Studies program have been working on a project to honor and preserve the memory of the Lay Apostolate program at Regis College.  This project has included:  archival research, interviewing former participants, creating a website, and a documentary.  The semester may be over, but the project continues on through the website.  Participants in the program have an opportunity to share photos, stories, and memories.  On the site there are stories from those who were interviewed.  They tell of their journeys to places around the world, where they were able to make a difference.  If you would like to join the conversation or learn more about the program check out the website :

Monday, May 12, 2014

For his Landscape and Memory class's digital humanities requirement, Courtney Fisk designed a website dedicated to a group of hometown heroes and locations close to his heart; UGK, and Port Arthur, Texas.

Courtney had this to say:

"Port Arthur, Texas is the home to many celebrities including, but not limited to, Janis Joplin, Jimmy Johnson, and Evelyn Keyes. Although they are very recognized celebrities, the local history has only chosen to focus on the contributions of those in the white or middle class community while leaving out very important facts of many people and places. This website is dedicated to the little known history of the city’s historic places and its celebrities in the black community."

Check out Courtney's website using the link below:

Friday, April 25, 2014

Pictures from the Past

As some of you may know, students from the Heritage Studies program put together an exhibit for the Carney Gallery on campus called "Following Our Path: Regis College Through Its Art". The exhibit was created to celebrate the history of Regis College, as well as the history of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston. Alumnae were invited to send in pictures from their college days to further explore the history of the college. We were excited to receive pictures from students from the classes of 1967, from Ellen Szesy, and 1991, from Jodie Zinna.



Thank you to Ms. Zinna and Ms. Szesy!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Landscape Studies and the Freedom Trail: The Old State House and History in our Everyday Lives
By Benjamin Remillard, Graduate Student

One of our focuses early on in our Landscape and Memory course was the effect of studying subjects up close versus studying them from afar, taking in the surrounding area as a whole. Nowhere was this focus of observation more pertinent than during a recent class field exercise on the Freedom Trail. As the sight of the Boston Massacre, the Old State House is one of the most notable stop on the Freedom Trail. Up close, tourists are greeted by the oldest surviving public building in Boston. The structure’s brick exterior, colonial windows, and Greek columns serve as a visual reminder of the architecture styles so prominently used by the colonial elite three centuries earlier. The square around the building draws visitors' eyes to the antiquated building, until they notice the skyscrapers racing upward around them. It is then that focusing on structures in their wider context becomes particularly important. 

One of the most common observations people must make when walking the Freedom Trail is the merging of eras, how buildings centuries old lay next to feats of modern architecture. In some cases the two are integrated into each other, such as in the case of the Old State House. To begin with, the placement of the building in the shadows of skyscrapers might be disorienting because of how out of time the building might seem. This is no different, however, than many of the other stops along the Trail, even if many of those stops do not have dozens of floors of steel and glass hovering over them. 

One of the struggles historians face is figuring out how to bridge the gap between the past and present for people not normally interested in seeing how the past continues to affect their daily lives. The Old State House is of particular interest for both History and Landscape studies because of how it is now part not only of tourists’ experiences, but of native Bostonians' lives as well. Since 1904 and 1908 the MBTA has operated the Blue and Orange lines, respectively, out of the basement of the Statehouse. Between the Old State House, the surrounding buildings, the railroad beneath, and the museum operating out of the building, passersby witness a merging of technology, architecture, and history that group together 301 years of Boston heritage. With that type of cultural conglomeration in such a concentrated area it is hard to not be reminded of how the past continues to play a part in people’s everyday lives.

Regis undergraduate Kerry Pintabona enjoying both Boston’s past and present.