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New History Club takes root
Recently, a new club has joined the ranks of the Quinnipiac University list of organizations. It is known as the History Club.
Founded last semester by Laura Pront, a junior history major and Kathy Cooke, a history professor, the club is growing into a major organization on campus. As of now, there are about fifteen members, and more are welcome.
“You don’t have to be a history major or even a minor to join the club, you just have to have an interest in history,” Pront said.
The club is now in the process of writing a constitution in order to become an official organization by next fall. This will take time and effort, but the club is well on its way.
This semester, the History Club holds meetings in the lobby of CLA 3 every other Tuesday at 6:30 pm.
Some of the activities planned or that have already taken place include movie nights (with free pizza), trips, and special programs.
So far, the club has watched “Glory”, “Dances With Wolves”, and “The African Queen”. Planning is in the works for a trip to Hartford or Mystic to visit various historical sites. Pront is also looking forward to a trip next fall to Salem, Massachusetts.
The club recently held an international dinner in the Commons kitchen. “All were welcome, whether you wanted to bring a dish or simply enjoy what was already there,” Pront said.
This summer, Pront would like to set up a book-reading of The DaVinci Code, complete with discussion and speakers.
In addition, the History Club provides a mentor program for students at Quinnipiac who are struggling with history.
Clearly, there are many events happening already, with more to come in the future as the club continues to grow and establish itself. The reason the club was started, said Pront, was because “Kathy and I agreed that there really wasn’t a community of history people. The history department didn’t even know each other.” She added, “the club is a way for history majors and minors to come together as a group.”
Pront hopes to see the organization take its roots in the Quinnipiac community.
“What I really want is to see this club take off and become official,” Pront said. However, the club needs to be established before it can extend itself outside of Quinnipiac and into the greater community. Yet there is little doubt this will happen soon. Already, the club has progressed from an idea into a full organization complete with events and leadership.