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Welcome to The Active Historian blog! Here you will find history tips, college & grad school tips, museum adventures, and more! I hope these articles help you 🙂

Jones Historical Society Museum: Jones, OK

The Jones Historical Society Museum is located in Jones, Oklahoma. I had the privilege of stopping by their museum and looking around! They have a cool collection of local history items and an old railroad car next to the museum! Museum History The Jones Historical Society Museum was founded in 2001 by a group of…

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Lessons I Learned From Working in Museums

Hey friend – welcome back! Today, I am going to tell some of the things I learned from volunteering in a local history museum, working in a children’s museum, and through my virtual internship with History Colorado. I learned so many lessons and I’m excited to share them with you! Let’s get started! 🙂 Stillwater…

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Pops: Arcadia, OK

Hey, y’all today we’re going to take a little trip down Route 66! I’m going to take you to Pops in Arcadia, Oklahoma. The Round Barn is less than a minute away from Pops – so you can easily hit both spots in the same afternoon! Check out my article on the Round Barn here! This…

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Harrah History Center: Harrah, OK

The Harrah History Center is managed by the Harrah Historical Society in Harrah, Oklahoma. This was a cute little town I visited in central Oklahoma. It’s located about 45 minutes East of Oklahoma City. Travel Tip: The museum is only open on certain days of the week. Currently, that day is Tuesday from 10-4 p.m.,…

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Frank Eaton’s Historic Home & The Oklahoma Territorial Plaza: Perkins, OK

Hey friend! Welcome back to another museum adventure! Today, I want to tell you about Frank Eaton’s Historic Home and the Oklahoma Territorial Plaza. The Oklahoma Territorial Plaza was dedicated on September 20, 2008 in Perkins, Oklahoma. It was an official project of the Oklahoma Centennial commemoration in 2007. (The Oklahoma Centennial was November 16,…

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Pioneer Woman Museum: Ponca City, OK

Today, we’re talking about the Pioneer Woman Museum in Ponca City! My first visit to this museum was during my first semester of graduate school. I needed to visit an archive for a project for my Historical Methods class which was related to my research. I study women’s history so what better place to visit,…

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How to Label Old Family Photos

Hey friend! Welcome back to another article! Today, we’re talking about how to label old photographs. As someone who uses old family photographs in my research, it makes my job 100% easier when someone has previously labeled the photos! So today, I am going to teach you how to label photos, what kind of writing…

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10 Tips for College Freshmen

Hey friend! Welcome back to another post! Today we’re talking about 10 tips to help college students be successful in their first semester of school. I spent 6 years in school and am gearing up to teach my own classes this fall – so I think I can help you! Let’s go ahead and hop…

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Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art: Shawnee, OK

Did you know that you can see real Egyptian mummies in Oklahoma?! Yes, you read that right. There are Egyptian mummies in Oklahoma! They’re housed at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art in Shawnee, Oklahoma. This museum is located on the grounds of the former Saint Gregory’s University campus, but Oklahoma Baptist University owns the campus…

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The Round Barn: Arcadia, OK

A round barn? Yes! They really exist! This style became popular in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries because people thought that tornadoes would bounce off the walls and go around the structure, rather than going through it. Today, the barn is in great condition as you can see here. It still remains an iconic stop…

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How to Make Instagram Reels

Today we are talking about how to make Instagram Reels. Instagram has been saying they want their creators to make video content so they can compete with other platforms like TikTok. I know making videos can be scary – trust me, I was so scared a few months ago. Here’s the thing though, the more you practice and try new things the more comfortable you will become with the whole process. So let’s get started!

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5 Fun Ways to Learn History!

Today we’re going to talk about some of the fun ways to learn history that aren’t just reading a book… Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE reading a good book, but sometimes I like to switch things up a little bit! 

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Tips for College Transfer Students

Today I am going to talk about my experience as a transfer student and give you some practical advice that will help make the transition to another school much easier. This article will also give you some tips on how to be a successful transfer student! Let’s get started! 

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How to Write Your Family History

I was sitting at my Nana and Papa’s house one day and they were telling me stories like usual, but something changed. I wanted to know more about the people in these stories because they had passed away before I was born. At the time, I was a graduate student studying history so I thought…

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Tips for Building Confidence in Public Speaking

Hey there, friend! Welcome! Today we’re discussing how to build confidence for public speaking events. If you’re like me, then public speaking doesn’t always come easy. It has taken me years of practice to feel comfortable talking in front of a crowd. So today, I am going to tell you my top 5 tips for public speaking, easing public speaking anxiety, and building confidence. 

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How to Conduct an Oral History

Hey there, friend! Today we are talking about oral history. What is oral history? How do I do oral history? Are oral histories valid sources? These are just a few of the topics we’ll cover!  I didn’t actually study oral history while in school, I was fortunate to land an oral history internship position the…

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10 Resume Skills From History Class Explained

Hey there, Friend! Welcome back! Today we are discussing what resume skills you learn from history class. This is only a short list and by no means a comprehensive one.  I hope this helps you articulate what skills you have and that you land the job of your dreams! Let’s get started 🙂  Research  Research…

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Where to Find Public Domain Images for Your Next Project

Hey there friend! Have you ever needed a picture for your project, but not known where to find non-copyrighted images? Today, I am going to give you a list of places to find non-copyrighted images that are perfect for any project. I have personally used the websites in this post for my own projects and…

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10 Tips for a Virtual Thesis Defense

Congratulations, you’re almost done with your degree! The only thing standing between you and that diploma is your thesis defense… *cue the dramatic music*  You might be terrified, excited, overwhelmed, or a combination of all of these things! But don’t worry you’ll do great. Relax, read these tips, and get ready to rock your thesis…

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The Best Places to Find Digitized Primary Sources

Hello – welcome back to my blog! Today I am going to tell you about my favorite places to find digitized primary sources. This article will be helpful for professional researchers, historians, and students needing to find evidence for their projects.  Finding primary sources can be hard to begin with, but now that most archives…

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Business Outfit Ideas For Women

Ladies, have you ever wondered what to wear to a business meeting, conference, or professional networking event? Today I am a going to give you 5 easy women’s business outfits for looking professional and classy.  I’ve always been told that it is important to dress for the role that you want. I’ve also been told…

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How to Make an A+ on History Exams

Hey there friend! Today we are discussing how to make an A+ on a History Exam. As a former student and Graduate Teaching Assistant I have got a few tips and tricks to help you out! Make sure that you read all the way to the end!  First, I am going to tell you what…

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Things to Include in Your CV

Hey there friend! So you need to write a CV? What even is a CV?  Well – a CV is similar to a resume, but you list all of your academic and professional experiences. Unfortunately there isn’t really a set template on what to include and what not to include in your CV.  I suggest…

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How to Write A Research Paper In 8 Easy Steps

So you’ve been assigned a research paper for class… When I received the prompt for my first research paper I was so lost and didn’t know what to do. I began looking for resources (kind of like how you found this article!) and was hoping for some guidance.  By the end of this article you…

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13 Tips for Passing History Class

*Disclaimer: These are tips that I utilized and observed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA). Check with your GTA to see how the class will work at your school!  History class… Boring, right? WRONG! I can’t tell you how many times students would come to office hours and complain about how dry the subject was.…

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Welcome to the Active Historian Blog!

Hey there friend! My name is Kaitlyn Weldon. I am so glad that you found my blog. I hope that you will find something useful here that you can apply to your own life. This is my first blog post and I thought I’d introduce myself and tell you little bit more about me.  I…

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