Department of History


Why? Socialize with fellow students, alumni, and faculty

Where? S.S. William G. Mather Museum

When? Friday, April 30 – 6:00pm

How? Call 216.523.7190 or email for details


The S.S. William G. Mather was one of the largest steamships on the Great Lakes from the 1920’s to the 1970’s. Today it is a floating maritime history museum that reflects Cleveland’s past and future on the lakefront. Before dinner, take a guided tour of the historic steamship. Call now to make your reservations.



March 23, 2004




Dear Students, Alumni, Faculty and Friends,


On behalf of the Department of History and Phi Alpha Theta, we are delighted to invite you to the Annual History Banquet.  We gather together this year with the memory of the late Prof. Tom Campbell fresh in our hearts and minds.  In honor of Prof. Campbell’s boundless enthusiasm for the city’s history, we are dedicating our annual dinner to exploring one of Cleveland’s unique historic sites.


On Friday, April 30, 2004, the Department will host its annual dinner starting at 5 p.m. with tours on board the S.S. William G. Mather.  The museum is located at 1001 Ninth Street Pier on Cleveland’s downtown lakefront.  This year our dinner will be a choice of:

·         Grilled Salmon filet over a bed of basmati rice and seared Asian vegetables with a ginger and wasabi marinade OR

·         Pasta bar, marinara, aioli and Alfredo, (3) pastas and 6 toppings made to order.

All dinners include Baby greens with an herb vinaigrette salad, rolls and butter, coffee, tea, water or sodas, and assorted mini pastries, cakes, tortes and pies for dessert.  The price is $25 per person ($20 for current CSU students) with dinner being served at 6 p.m.  Holly J. Holcombe, executive director of the museum, will present a talk on the history of the Mather as a historic site. 


This year brings the exciting opportunity to spend an evening in a museum that reflects Cleveland’s past and future on the lakefront.  Before dinner, take a guided tour of the historic steamship, or volunteer to spend an extra hour learning the basics of tour guiding and be a station guide before the banquet.  Please check the box on the form on the back of this letter if you would like to volunteer, and we will contact you with details.  This is an excellent way to learn more about the city’s past and, for current students, to become acquainted with one of many possibilities for CSU History Internships. As always, we will award this year’s Thomas F. Campbell, Leon C. Soulé, and Social Studies scholarships.


We ask that you fill out the reservation form on the back of this letter and return it to the address listed below by Monday, April 19, 2004.  Please make check or money order payable to Cleveland State University.  If you have questions, please contact Cindy Shairba at (216) 523-7190 or  We look forward to your company. 




Mary Wren Bivins                                           

Assistant Professor                                                   


J. Mark Souther

Assistant Professor