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Information about Cornell Historical Society

We are an undergraduate organization, founded in 2010, devoted to fostering a community of historically-minded people on campus and connecting this community to the school. We encourage all those interested in History to join, regardless of experience, background or major!  Whether you have only a vague and undefined "interest" in the field of History or instead expect to become the next Jared Diamond or Edward Gibbon, we nevertheless sincerely encourage you to join our community of friends and peers.

We meet to discuss life, happenings on campus and, of course, history. In addition to these informal meetings, we offer and participate in history-related events, such as dinners with professors or museum tours, over the course of the semester and engage with the faculty of the History Department and other humanities departments. Joining CHS is a great way to participate in the historical community at Cornell in a setting different from the classroom, meet professors and others interested in history, and in general have a good time.

CHS provides a History Peer Advising Program for those interested in learning further about the history major and department. If you are an incoming freshman, sophomore, or transfer student looking to connect with upperclassmen in the department, this is a wonderful resource to make your exploration into the history community more informed. We are always looking for advisors as well, so if you want to help welcome the next generation of history-minded Cornellians into our community, shoot us an e-mail!

In addition, CHS publishes an academic historical journal in the Spring called Ezra's Archives. Participation in the journal publication process is completely optional, but it is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience in editing and publishing. The skills learned here are completely different from those learned in a classroom setting and look great on a resume. Participation in the journal publication process is also guaranteed to improve the quality of your own writing.

Above all, CHS is a great way to meet people and get settled into Cornell! Please contact us at for general questions regarding CHS, the History Advising Program, or the journal Ezra's Archives.


CHS Officers - getting to know us

Ephraim Gau, President: Hello everyone! I'm Ephraim, a junior majoring in history and physics. I grew up in California, near San Francisco/San Jose. My historical interests range over almost every time and place, and I have taken history classes involving France, China, Southeast Asia, the Near East, and more! I helped out with CHS as the secretary last year and am excited to now serve as the president. Please contact me if there's anything I can help with, whether it involves the club or not! Hope to see you around!

Lukasz Rzycki, Vice President: My name is Lukasz and I a senior majoring in History and Government. I’m also in the History Honors program writing a thesis that covers the role of mercenary Polish troops that fought alongside the French during the French Revolutionary Wars/ Napoleonic Wars. I spent the first 5 years of my life in the Chicago area then moved to Warsaw, Poland, moving back to the U.S. for college. I’m really looking forward to CHS events this year!

Claire Walton, Secretary/Social Chair: Hi! My name is Claire Walton, and I am a sophomore History major in the College of Arts & Sciences. I’m originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. I joined CHS last year, and I’m thrilled to serve as an officer this year!

Anna Canning, Treasurer/History Advising Program Director: Hi! My name is Anna Canning, and I’m a senior History major and Business minor. I’m from Westchester, NY, and I like to cook, run, and read. I’ve been a member of CHS since my sophomore year and I’m excited to be an officer this year!

Marie Ceske, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Ezra’s Archives: Hi! My name is Marie Ceske, and I am a sophomore Government major in the College of Arts and Sciences. Originally from Westchester, New York, I’m really excited to be back in Ithaca and a part of CHS this year! 

Becky Cardinali, Co-Editor in Chief of Ezra's Archives: Hello! My name is Becky Cardinali, and I am a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Economics. I am from Central New Jersey, and I am excited to work on this year's edition of Ezra's Archives with CHS!



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