May 02, 2017

A job with Susquehanna’s history department has given Christiana Gianetta ’18 the chance to delve into the rich history of central Pennsylvania and hone her research skills.

Using primary sources such as newspapers, recordings, transcripts and census reports, the history and religious studies double major has studied the Prohibition era, World War II, the court system and more.

“I enjoyed learning about the local history and the history of Susquehanna University. It was so interesting to see how much the area and technology has changed throughout the years.” says Gianetta.

She also helped with the department’s History Harvests in nearby communities, during which local residents were invited to share stories and memorabilia with history students and faculty who helped manage the events and the community.

“My favorite thing that I saw was from the Sunbury History Harvest where someone brought in a Civil War bayonet and we were able to touch it. I had never seen one up close before,” she says.

Gianetta’s primary research focus has been genocide, particularly during World War II. For her senior capstone class, she is researching the legacies of three men who helped saved the lives of countless civilians in World War II.

She also is interning as a ministry associate with All Saints Episcopal Church in Selinsgrove. She attends services, works at the altar, attends meetings and does home visits.

After graduation, she hopes to teach English in the Middle East through a study abroad program of the Lutheran Church.