John Osborne

The History Department at Dickinson College is pleased to announce plans to build The Osborne Center for Historical Methods, a special online resource for students and faculty studying history at the college.  The center is named in honor of Emeritus Professor John Osborne who retired in December 2010 after more than three decades of devoted teaching in his beloved (and feared) History 204, “Introduction to Historical Methodology.”  The Osborne approach to historical methods was one of intellectual rigor and relentless innovation.  This center will aspire to promote those ideals by sharing best practices for teachers and by offering a wide array of models for students.  Across this site you will find syllabi, handouts, learning modules, web guides and a host of other tools designed to promote deeper historical thinking and improved historical practice.