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Our department uses facilities both on and off campus to immerse students in a history education. These facilities provide students with an intensive, experiential, and hands-on view of historical research.
History Resource Room
Located in Boyer Hall near the History Department faculty offices, the History Resource room holds journals and books for history students. It serves as a conference room for meetings of stuents and faculty, and provides comfortable chairs and tables for student research and study.
Boyer Hall is a 98,000-square-foot academic facility which contains 25 state-of-the-art classrooms, three computer labs, and a language lab. Parmer Cinema, a full-scale movie theatre seating 129 people, highlights this building. In addition, Boyer Hall houses the college's School of Business, Education and Social Sciences, the School of the Humanities, and The Boyer Center. Boyer Hall and The Boyer Center are dedicated to one of Messiah's most influential alumni and scholars, Ernie Boyer.
Beatrice Howe Humanities Lab
The newly refurbished Beatrice Howe Humanities Lab Boyer 138 is outfitted with 20 computers and a flexible furniture arrangement. It provides a creative space for teaching and learning, and a meeting place for the work of the Digital Harrisburg working group and the Public Humanities Fellows Program. History students have used the facility to create GIS maps of 19th and 20th century Harrisburg, process oral history recordings, and build websites.
Oakes Museum of Natural History
The Oakes Museum is a museum on campus, which features Smithsonian quality African and North American mammals. It houses a substantial collection of artifacts unearthed through local excavations in York and Cumberland County, and Native American artifacts from Pennsylvania.
About 10 miles south of Messiah College, this 18th to 20th century historical farm has been a valuable archaeological laboratory for our history students. We have carried out several years of research on the history of the property, including excavations, ground-penetrating radar survey, and documentary research.
Asper Burial Ground
A mile from the Stouffer farm is a small historic cemetery containing the original members of the small Bermudian Brethren Community who migrated to the area from Ephrata in the late 18th century. Over time, the cemetery has fallen into disrepair and been partially destroyed through cultivation, neglect, and destructive ground hogs . Our history students have been working for the last few years to document and restore it.
Brethren in Christ Historical Library and Archives
Established in 1951, these campus archives hold valuable artifacts and resources documenting the history of the Brethren in Christ denomination as well as the early history of Messiah College.