It was the students at the University of Dayton who made this project possible. Two different groups of worked a little over a year to do the research, build the website, and write many parts of the story.
Joe was a senior who joined us from nearby Central State University in order to complete his history degree. The others in class enthusiastically embraced Joe who proved to be a good researcher and hard worker.
Josh’s knowledge of computers proved to be an important asset for the class. He helped lead efforts to decide which add-ons and themes we would use in building the website. Josh also proved to be diligent in the archive.
Adam took one of the leadership roles in the class. An excellent organizer and adapt at working with others, Adam helped keep the various work groups on task.
Molly regularly offered insightful comments on the central questions with which the class was grappling. Our class discussions were often spent thinking through ways we could approach a research or writing problem. Molly kept the best notes, and we knew we could always ask her to find out what had been decided.
James participated in a number of the research groups and his optimism kept the entire team feeling positive when things were not going well.
Alex worked closely with Tim in the archives and the two did good research for the group.
Working on this project Ryan learned that he would be attending graduate school in history. He proved his worth to the group with careful research in the archive.
Carlos providing a supporting role in a number of research groups.
Cong faced challenges conducting research in the archives because English is his second language. He rose to the occasion finding valuable information that allowed us to advance the story of the arena construction.
Timothy was the skeptic of the Dayton Arena History Project. He asked hard questions of the group when as we tried to make sense of the materials found in the archive–the project was made better because of them. Timothy wrote about his experience that he “was thrilled at the unique opportunity to do archival research as part of the Dayton Arena History Project. The Project allowed [me] to finally put everything [I] had learned as undergraduate student into practice by extracting valuable information from the archives on the socio-economic conditions of Dayton during the late 60s.”
Michael proved to be an invaluable member of the Dayton History Arena Project. He brought to the group a knowledge of on-line website building that helped us get over some of the challenges. Michael keen insights also led him to find important documents in the archives.
Capstone Seminar Spring 2018
The Spring 2018 class spent an enormous amount of time in the university archives. They created finding aids for previously unseen materials in the Presidents Papers, Board of Trustees, and Athletic Papers. These aids will prove to be invaluable resources for future researchers. They also began the design of the website. And finally, they contributed to the conceptualization of the overarching essay, identified evidence to be used writing it, and prepared early drafts of what would become the final product.
Capstone Seminar, Fall 2018
The Fall 2018 class built off that done in the previous semester. They conducted video history interviews with prominent people associated with the history of the arena. They also did archival research both at the UD archives, Wright State Archives, and at other locations. Each researched a wrote stand alone essays on important people, events, or topics related to the wider arena history. They each built and posted these essays on the website. These essays can be found on the “Related Topics” page, or links within the arena narrative.
I am currently a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of Dayton studying history. With my schooling at UD, I have been able to write research and historiographical papers on topics mostly emphasizing the role of women within various time eras. I am also interested in legal studies and am actively applying to law schools to attend in the upcoming fall. I have spent the past two summers interning with law enforcement officers and prosecutors as I hope to become a prosecuting attorney one day and potentially a judge.
History major of the University of Dayton class of 2019. Through this course, the class discovered Lauren’s love of Ginger and Spice, old people, and romantic stories. She was a great help to the project, and a asset to the class.
Ciaran joined the class for his love of basketball. Little did he know that there was a lot more work involved than just being a fan of the sport and the Dayton Flyers. He finished the year out strong though. He is senior History major and plans to join the law enforcement upon graduation in the Spring of 2019.
I am currently attending the University of Dayton to obtain my undergraduate degree in secondary education and history. I particularly enjoy writing and researching various topics within the realm of social and cultural history, making this class a perfect fit for me. After graduating from UD, I look forward to potentially attending graduate school in history with the ultimate goal of becoming a college history professor.
I am currently a junior at the University of Dayton majoring in American Studies. After my education at UD, I plan on becoming a print journalist and hope to work with a newspaper. This is the first time I have undertaken a research project like this one and it was a challenge in finding information on Roesch and the Bogie Busters. However, it was fascinating to learn about the two topics and I believe my investigation into them has helped me gain experience in trying to create a story, just as I will do if I become a journalist.