Students from CBU history courses dealing with World War One (1914-1918) traveled to France and Belgium over spring break with Dr. Neal Palmer, Associate Professor in the Department of History and Political Science. The group explored Paris and Bruges, and visited World War One battle sites in Reims, Verdun, Ypres, and Passchendaele. 2016 is the centennial of the most intense year of the war, and a main aim of the trip was for students to visit battle sites and memorials. The experience will provide the basis for essays and presentations in their classes. Students on the trip included Jackson Brumfield, Mary Margaret Vollmer, Nathan Allred, April Ricks, Tachele Anderson, and Hannah Schultz. Kyra Clapper, a CBU alum (History ‘13) and current adjunct instructor for the departments of history and foreign languages, was also on the trip.
Sites visited included Notre Dame in Paris, Reims Cathedral, Sacre-Coeur, the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, Musee de l’Orangerie, Arch de Triomphe, Les Invalides, Eiffel Tower, Bastille Monument, Versailles, Ypres, the Menin Gate, Sanctuary Wood Museum, Tyne Cot Memorial Cemetery, and the Ossuaire de Douaumont. The group also took a boat tour on the Seine, ate crepes at the Richard Lenoir street market in Paris, and picnicked in the gardens of Versailles. Dr. Palmer is planning to offer this study abroad trip again in the fall of 2017 and a four week study abroad course in England on the Social History of British Rock in May 2018.