History

  • Morgana

Morgana Olbrich

Major

History

Activities

Member of the Pi Gamma Mu and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Societies.

Position

I am the Props Master for all of the Ursinus Theater productions.

About

I am a really energetic and creative student who is extremely passionate about history and education. I absolutely love Greek and Roman mythology, Latin, oral history, crafting, and anything related to Halloween. When I am not doing homework, I am usually hanging out with my best friend, making something, or watching crime shows.

Most Memorable Moment in Class

My most memorable classroom moment was back when I took Nationalism with Dr. Mellis. At the end of the semester we were asked to create some kind of monument or other tribute to a person or group of people we thought had been downplayed in history. I picked a Greek feminist named Kalliroi Parren who was one of the starters of the feminist movement in Greece in the late 1800s and early 1900s. My absolute favorite memory was when I got to present my statue to the class and advocate for why the project should get funding. I spent a great deal of time working out the symbolism for my statue, which depicted the goddess Athena handing the torch of wisdom over to the Amazons, and it was amazing to be able to share that with the rest of the class. I must admit that I was definitely geeking out, but it was such a safe space to do that in and everyone else was so excited about their projects that I did not feel out of place. I will always remember that moment.

Research

In the summer of 2019 I had the opportunity to complete an internship at the Mill at Anselma Preservation and Educational Trust. The Mill, which is the oldest grist mill in the United States that still uses its original equipment to mill grain, allowed me to record the oral histories of some of the volunteers, community members, and former chairmen of the Board of Trustees. I was charged with creating a Deed of Gift, reaching out to potential interviewees, setting up appointments, conducting the interviews, transcribing the interviews, and uploading the finished products onto the Ursinus Digital Commons. I can honestly say that the experience taught me a great deal about who I want to be as a historian and a person. It was one of the best experiences of my life.

My Experience

I absolutely love Ursinus and, more specifically, the Ursinus History Department. All of the instructors are super nice, helpful, always available when you need them, knowledgeable in their subjects, and constantly push you to be the best version of yourself. I had transferred into Ursinus my Junior year and was a little apprehensive of where I was going to fit in on campus. However, the History Department welcomed me with open arms and has become my biggest support system equipped with some of my closest friends. I would not trade this department for anything.