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Stevenson University Public History Students Join Forces with WYPR, The Baltimore Sun for WWII Radio Program Re-Broadcast

December 20, 2013 12:00 AM

Several students from Stevenson University's Public History program are using their research prowess to collaborate with WYPR and The Baltimore Sun on a project 70 years in the making.

On Friday, December 20 at noon, WYPR will re-broadcast a radio extravaganza first beamed to Baltimore from England on December 25, 1943. Local area soldiers, airmen, and Red Cross workers took part in that show nearly seven decades ago, and only recently has it been dusted off to be put on the air once again. (The program will air again at noon on Tuesday, December 24.)

Acting at the request of the Maryland National Guard, Stevenson's Public History students Alexandra Jeffries, Lindsay McCrea, and Tori Woodard worked to research each of the show's participants and provide details of their lives and family contact information to the Sun.

All of the students' skills as historical researchers were put to use as each radio participant became, in effect, a historical "cold case." Given only the participant's name, rank, and home town, the students endeavored to provide information regarding family members as well as the lives of participants before, during, and after WWII. In addition, Stevenson's researchers located and contacted family members, letting the families know of the broadcast.

"Students say that these 'lightning fast' research projects are highly motivational because they take skills learned in the classroom and apply those skills to a real problem that important institutions are facing," said Dr. Glenn T. Johnston, Stevenson History Chair and University Archivist.

For more information on Stevenson's Public History program and its work with outside institutions, contact Johnston at 443-334-2196 or

Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent undergraduate university in Maryland with more than 4,400 students pursuing bachelor's, master's, and adult accelerated degrees at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.