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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

Regan Murray, President/Co-Editors-in-Chief of Ezra's Archives. Regan a senior history major who focuses primarily on the United States in the 19th and 20th century. She chose history interested in the ways it informed personal and national identity and found she shared the field’s enthusiasm for questioning our understanding of the world. In addition to her work with the Cornell Historical Society, she serves as the Director of Volunteers for the Cornell Food Recovery Network. If you encounter her off campus, she will likely be drinking tea and writing a short story.

Neal Fan, Vice President. Neal is a junior majoring in economics and minoring in history, business, and real estate.  His primary historical interests are the classics and American electoral politics, particularly regarding the legacy of ancestral political party affiliation.  He is also the vice president of marketing for the Cornell Economics Society and an analyst for the Cornell Global Economics and Finance Society.  In his free time, he plays around with the Dave's Redistricting app to design better American congressional districts.

Sherell Farmer, Treasurer. Sherell is a sophomore in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations pursuing minors in History, Law & Society and Inequality Studies. She focuses on the history of social justice movements in the United States, namely the Civil Rights & Women Rights movements. She is interested in learning how the movements of the past connect to and influence our understandings of justice and activism today. In addition to her work with the Cornell Historical Society, she serves as the Internal Affairs Chair for the Undergraduate Labor Institute, is a brother in Alpha Phi Omega, and involved with Black Students United. Besides her passion for history, Sherell is known to have dance sessions in the library during prelim season when she should instead, be studying.

Patrick Snabes, Advising Chair. Patrick is a junior history major in the College of Arts and Sciences. He is interested in studying colonialism and how colonial legacies impact our world today. Along with history, he is pursuing minors in French and Biology. On campus, he is involved with Cornell Best Buddies and the Cornell Piano Society. Patrick is also an avid runner and traveler. 

Max Fernandez, Social Chair/Co-Editors-in-Chief of Ezra's Archives. Max Fernandez is a senior majoring in History and minoring in Mathematics, Classics, and English. Currently, Max is researching late 16th and early 17th century English Gentry with a focus on how the gentry exercised their authority. On campus, Max works as a student processor at the Kroch Library, and has processed items from Cornell’s Menu, Human Sexualities, and Eastern Wines and Spirits collection. Max has also worked as a Research Assistant under Professor Penny Von Eschen. 

Alex Siegenthaler, Public Relations Chair. Alex is a sophomore History and Chemistry double major who has yet to hone in on a historical focus. What led him to history was a fascination with how narratives are shaped and how groups build their present identities through readings of the past. Alongside Cornell Historical society, he is involved in a professional chemistry fraternity, a choral group, and serves as chorister for a social fraternity. Off-campus, his greatest joy is napping, followed by skiing.



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