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Cori McDonald
Percival Whipple Letters Project

Cori McDonald, April History Student Spotlight

Cori McDonald | Percival Whipple Letters Project

Cori McDonald is a second year Master’s student in the Public History program with a focus on historic preservation. In Spring 2017, Cori was one of the leaders on the Percival Whipple Letters project for Mr. Utley’s Local and Community History class. Cori helped scan, transcribe, and research a series of letters from Percival Whipple, a soldier stationed in San Antonio during WWI. Whipple's letters provided a glimpse into life at Kelly Field at the time and uncovered a story of an eager soldier who couldn’t catch a break. Whipple's perspective may have been lost to history had Mr. Utley and his class not saved the sources and examined their historical significance. The class donated the materials to the University Archives, and after the project Cori co-wrote an article for Texas Heritage magazine that was published in September 2017. This summer Cori studied abroad in Chester, UK, with the History department and became enchanted with Dublin, Ireland’s Decade of Commemorations of their independence. She questioned how the preserved sites of the 1916 Easter Rising affect national identity in Ireland and her current research explores the politics of preservation and commemoration of Rising sites in Dublin.

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