A 95-year-old time capsule opened Tuesday provides a link to a part of Minnesota State University Moorhead’s past that was destroyed in a 1930 fire. University archivist Terry Shoptaugh said there was no record of the time capsule in Weld Hall, likely because President Frank Weld’s papers were destroyed in the fire of Old Main. Shoptaugh opened it Tuesday in front of about 200 people and found well-preserved photographs, course catalogs, a diploma and other documents from 1915 and earlier. Click headline to read more.
Terry Shoptaugh, University Archivist, had his latest book officially “launched” April 5 at the North Dakota Capitol in Bismarck. They Were Ready focuses on the 164th Infantry Regiment during World War II and includes the stories of 70 World War II veterans of the unit with original art work by Doug Burtell of Bowman. Bernard Wagner, a Valley City veteran of WWII and Korea, and president of the 164th Infantry Veteran’s Association, introduced the book at the ceremony. Shoptaugh’s other books include You Have Been Kind Enough to Assist Me: Herman Stern and the Jewish Refugee Crisis (2008) and Moorhead, MN (Images of America) (2004).
Dr. Terry Shoptaugh will deliver the 2009-2010 Roland and Beth Dille Distinguished Faculty Lecture during Homecoming Week next fall semester. hoptaugh arrived on campus in 1986, hired as the Director of University Archives/Northwest Minnesota Historical Center and part-time reference librarian. He earned tenure in 1991 and for many years, students have enrolled in Dr. Shoptaugh’s history and American multicultural studies classes. Moreover, as Korella Selzer writes in her nomination letter for the Dille Lecturer, students respect and appreciate his knowledge of local history, Minnesota History, and U.S. History. “He,” Selzer notes, “instills in them the overall context of history. I have witnessed students becoming excited about their research after discussing their projects with Dr. Shoptaugh.” Click headline to read more.
“The Greatest Generation in the Red River Valley” with MSUM’s TerryShoptaugh will be held Saturdays, January 9, 16, 23 & 30 from 2-4 p.m. at Waterford at Harwood Groves, 1200 Harwood Drive, Fargo. Class fee is $48. This course will review the World War II years (1941-45) with a specific focus on how the war affected the people living in the Red River Valley. Click headline to read more.