Past@Present is the blog of the UMass Amherst Department of History

Situated in the intellectually rich, scenic Pioneer Valley, the UMass History Department offers students the opportunity to study with a respected faculty engaged in exciting research. The department is devoted to the idea that an understanding of the past is essential to understanding our present and future. This blog emerges from that commitment.

Marla Miller, Professor and Associate Chair, Department of History and Director, Public History Program
Associate Editor:
Jess Johnson, Director of Outreach and Community Engagement, Department of History
Assistant Editor:
Nick DeLuca, Communications Coordinator and Master’s Student, Department of History

If you would like to contribute to Past@Present, contact Nick DeLuca, communications coordinator, at

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