In the spring of 2022, Tiffin University undergraduate students Alex Sklack and CJ McCrimmon collaborated with the Northwest Ohio Christian Youth Summer Camp on a historical discovery and artifact preservation project. This work was facilitated through TU Assistant Professor of History, Dr. Michael Goodnough as part of the coursework for his History 214: Public History II course. The camp’s goal was to uncover and document the campground’s history prior to their purchase of the land, as well as preserve items of importance related to the surrounding area, its records dating back to the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 and earlier indigenous presence.
After completing their research, Alex and CJ presented their findings before the camp’s Board of Directors and Seneca County Commissioner, Tyler Shuff. After, the students were asked to continue their consultation work with the camp indefinitely, their next major project being to help design and create an artifact museum from one of the camp’s older cabins.
“Though the camp originally reached out to me for advice on these matters, I saw it as the perfect opportunity to give my students some field-experience,” said Dr. Goodnough. “While it began simply as part of their coursework, I’m so pleased that this relationship will continue into the summer and next academic year. The amazing work completed by Alex and CJ highlights the opportunities available in TU’s history-related programs and the humanities department. Through their hard work, they made a positive impact on the community and beyond.”
To learn more about Tiffin University’s degree program in public history and the School of Arts and Science, visit tiffin.edu/public-history