iEngage 2019: Poage’s Efforts to Help Students Think More About Civic Involvement

This post was written by Processing Archivist Thomas DeShong, Collections Services Archivist Amanda Fisher, and Graduate Research Center Operations Manager Jonathan Tomes. Introduction On August 6th, representatives of the W. R. Poage Legislative Library and the Graduate Research Center collaborated with members of Baylor University’s School of Education to provide learning stations that highlighted various aspects…

Congressional Cookbooks

This blog post was written by Graduate Assistant Emily MacDonald, master’s student in Museum Studies. The Poage Legislative Library holds the collection of many former Texas Congressmen. In our archives you can find everything from papers, to awards, to campaign materials, even family photographs and memorabilia. One of my favorite parts of our collection is…

“Chet Week” and Poage Trivia

This blog was written by Mary Goolsby, Collections Services Archivist and Chet’s Scheduler Former Congressman Chet Edwards was named the W. R. Poage Distinguished Chair of Public Service in January 2012. Over the last five-and-a-half years he has had a major impact on campus as he teaches classes, speaks to student groups, consults with faculty,…

A HOUSING CRISIS, BROWN BAG MAIL, AND TWO TEXAS CONGRESSMEN

This blog post was written by Jake Hiserman, graduate assistant working on Congressman Alan Steelman’s papers. Mark Twain, the illustrious American journalist and satirist, once quipped: “It is not worthwhile to try to keep history from repeating itself, for man’s character will always make the preventing of the repetitions impossible.”[1] A constant theme in American…

Finals Week and Leaving Congress

Today marks the beginning of the last week of classes at Baylor University. Students across campus consult with professors, bury their noses in textbooks, and chain themselves to their laptops. Instructors frantically put together rubrics, draw up exams, and respond to student inquiries. The crowd at the library, already larger than average, will grow exponentially as Finals Week…

John Lewis, Chet Edwards, and Black History Month

Black History Month (also known as African-American History Month) initially began in 1926 as “Negro History Week,” an event during the second week of February designed to encourage the study and teaching of American black history in public schools. By the 1960s, political and cultural turbulence surrounding historic events such as the passage of the…

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