PTK History Crawl Brings the Past to the Present


The history of Alton and Godfrey was re-discovered on Sept. 23, covering a wide variety of monuments and historical figures.

Lewis and Clark Community College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, Eta Psi, hosted the event from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and invited L&C students and staff, as well as community members that wanted to join in on the fun. Some of the locations visited included the Lincoln-Douglas Square, Elijah P. Lovejoy Monument, Western Military Academy as well as other locations.

Elizabeth Grant, advisor of PTK, said, “From hosting the history crawl, I learned that our members were very interested and willing to undertake a project that revealed many facts about the historical significance of our local area. Even though it was a hot day, community members were very interested to take in new information about places they may drive by each day. Each of us learned so much from the volunteer presenters throughout the day and especially the narration of the ‘history chix,’ Cathy Bagby and Nancy Alexander, who guided us through this magical history tour of the Alton/Godfrey area.”

The History Crawl is a part of the PTK students’ Honors in Action Project. PTK is a national honor society, and membership requires a minimum grade point average of 3.5 as well as the completion of at least 12 transferable credit hours at L&C.

Grant encouraged joining for those “who are interested in connecting with other smart leaders on campus, researching with inquisitive people, serving their campus community, and transferring to a university.”

Grant continued with, “Phi Theta Kappa offers lifetime recommendation letters to members and often gets students who transfer scholarship money. It’s a one-time joining fee and a lifetime of friendships and benefits!”

PTK Co-President, Madalynn McKenzie agreed stating, “I’ve always been proud to be a part of Phi Theta Kappa, but I am truly blessed to finally be able to represent the Eta Psi chapter. As Co-President this semester, I hope to get our chapter more involved on campus and the surrounding community. I want more people to be aware that PTK isn’t just about having a high GPA, but also leadership, service, and being a well rounded individual.”

For more information on how to become a member of PTK and how to get involved in both campus life, as well as the community, visit L&C’s home page and search ‘PTK’.



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