Lakeland history faculty members, Dr. Matthew Hiner, Dr. Eric Kendall and Dr. Craig Semsel, presented papers at the annual Ohio Academy of History Conference April 5.
As the state's largest historical society, the Ohio Academy of History seeks to promote the development and dissemination of historical knowledge among the citizens, scholars and students of Ohio. The papers, which ranged from topics of local interest to global economics, represent current research being conducted by history faculty in Ohio.
Hiner's paper, "The Death and Rebirth of the Youngstown & Southeastern Railroad," focused on the oldest, continuously operated short-line railroad in the state of Ohio. His research links the restoration of this small railroad and the function played by the smaller, regional carriers to larger economic and political phenomena in transportation history.
Kendall's paper, "Diverging Wilsonian Visions of the World Economy," looked at Wilsonian liberal internationalism and how it underwent several substantial reformulations over the course of the early to mid-20th century in response to changing circumstances. His research is a historical study of liberal internationalists from the American peace movement, the organizations they created, and the political leaders they sought to influence.
Semsel's paper, "Why not in Cleveland?" examined failed attempts to construct a downtown subway in Cleveland between 1900 and 1960. The purpose of proposed Cleveland subways changed over time, going from alleviating downtown congestion to providing a vital link between downtown businesses and expanding suburbs. Findings indicate that all plans, regardless of popular support, either had crucial elements missing or were essentially "overkill" and provided too drastic a solution to a relatively minor problem.
For more information, call Dr. Matthew Hiner at 440-525-7545.