Department of History

West Chester University

506 Main Hall
Phone: 610-436-3220
Fax: 610-436-3069


Digital History Initiatives

Last Stop: West Chester

Explores the rise and fall of the local railroad, using primary sources from the Pennsylvania Railroad, postcards from local businesses and tourist attractions, historic maps, and ephemera including ticket stubs and timetables.

Quad Project: A Students' History of West Chester University

Draws on historic photographs of the campus to explore the people, organizations, events, and buildings that have created the Quad in all its historical incarnations, now preserved on the National Registry of Historic Sites. Appreciation for the spaces and history of the Quad have waxed and waned over the last century. HIS 480 students have now done their part to preserve it digitally.

Bob Dylan in America

Bob Dylan has shaped, been influenced by, and created aspects of popular culture. During WCU's Spring 2013, HIS 365 Dylan Week, students collaborated to share insights into Dylan's role within American culture.