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College of Humanities & Sciences

Department of History

History Graduate Student Association

The History Graduate Student Association (HGSA) is an independent student group which seeks to provide history graduate students at VCU with opportunities to gather throughout the school year to encourage a sense of community within the program and to explore history-based events and opportunities in the Richmond area. All history graduate students are members, invited to events, and encouraged to suggest activities in which they might like the HGSA to take part.

With such a diverse student community, HGSA seeks to organize events and programs which showcase student interests and professional expertise. To this end, HGSA will work with students to lead tours for the group of historic sites and museums with which they are familiar. This year HGSA is comprised of three co-chairs and some events held include a Slave Trail Tour of Shockoe Bottom with Ana Edwards, '20, a day trip to Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, community potlucks, game nights, and various happy hour events around the city. HGSA is also interested in attending lectures, public history events, and professional development opportunities. Look for a calendar of events each month. If you have any ideas for events or programs or are interested in taking an active role in HGSA, please reach out. 

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