Willamette University History Scholars Shine

Two Willamette University history students have garnered prestigious summer Fellowships at nationally-recognized historical programs. Kylie Pine, a junior majoring in American studies, has been accepted to Historic Deerfield's Summer Fellowship program in Deerfield, Mass. Will Cannon, a junior history major, has won a fellowship to the Gilder Lehrman Institute's summer History Scholars program in New York City.

Kylie PinePine is an international baccalaureate graduate of South Salem High School and the daughter of Richard and Debra Pine of South Salem. "I'm very excited about going to Deerfield," says Pine, who has long been interested in American history.

Historic Deerfield is a living museum of a dozen 18th and 19th century homes and their artifacts. The nine-week Historic Deerfield Summer Fellowship Program offers fellows an extensive examination of early American history, architecture, material culture, and museum interpretation and operations. Students participate in classroom seminars, walking tours and activities in the museum houses. Each fellow also conducts an original research project utilizing the historic manuscripts, printed materials and artifacts at the museum. The $7,500 fellowship pays for tuition, books and room and board.

Pine is one of six to 10 students selected nationally to participate in Deerfield's program. "The opportunities I've had to work at the Mission Mill Museum and at Willamette University Hallie Ford Museum strengthened my application."

Will CannonCannon, a 2001 honors graduate of Stadium High School in Tacoma, WA, has been chosen as one of 15 outstanding undergraduates from more than 300 applicants to participate in the Gilder Lehrman Institute's summer History Scholars Program. Cannon is currently studying abroad in Sweden.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute provides a $2,400 stipend, along with room, board and travel expenses for the six-week program in New York City. Cannon will conduct primary source research to prepare historical materials for publication. He will also participate in weekly meetings with eminent historians to discuss historical issues and gain insight into history as a profession.

"I feel really lucky and thankful to have won the Gilder Lehrman award," says Cannon, who's planning to eventually teach history. "It's fantastic to spend the summer studying interesting things in such a fascinating place."