Traci Langworthy

Traci Langworthy
Joined JCC
Social Sciences & Business
Primary Campus
Jamestown Campus
228 HULT
Phone Number
Coordinator, History; Associate Professor, History

I have been teaching history at JCC since 2004. Nineteenth-century women’s history is a particular passion of mine, along with the broader history of American social reform. I also love learning about the history that surrounds us in Western New York.

In the early 1800s, Western New York was the "West," and its residents included some of the foremost reformers of their day. A few admirable local residents even risked arrest to provide food and shelter to escaped slaves traveling on the Underground Railroad. One of them was Catherine Harris, a free black woman who lived on West Seventh Street in Jamestown.

In my research on the contributions of local women to the suffrage movement I also learned about Edith Ainge of Jamestown. She was imprisoned five times in the 1910s for participating in peaceful demonstrations in Washington, D.C. She had a simple request: that women be allowed to vote. But her convictions were considered radical to many in her time period. You can read about Edith and other influential women from our area on a website I maintain called Making Women’s History.

What I most love about history is how it inspires me--or rather, how people like Catherine Harris and Edith Ainge inspire me, as they dared to think bigger than their times often allowed. I also love to go to the places where they were. Something special happens when we stand in a place where history was made and think about what it was like back then. The more I have explored, the more I have realized that history is made everywhere, all around us. Every small town has a story to tell, as does every house, every photograph, and every artifact. These examples of what scholars call “material culture” are often the best ways to learn about people who didn’t leave us formal writings or speeches to study.

In my free time, I volunteer a lot for area historical museums and also play the viola. From small exhibits to newsletter articles, I’m always working on some small project or another for the historical society in Sheridan, NY, where I grew up. It also helps me put my earlier museum studies training to use. (I completed a graduate certificate in the field alongside my master’s degree.) I encourage any students who are interested in museum work to consider an internship at one of our local sites. I would be happy to help you set it up and/or answer any questions you may have about this particular career area.

Degree Field of Study Institution
A.B.D. American Studies Penn State - Harrisburg
M.A. History University of Delaware
Graduate Certificate Museum Studies University of Delaware
B.A. History Oberlin College
Courses Taught
HIS 1520: World History Since 1500
HIS 1530: US History Before 1865
HIS 1540: US History Since 1865
HIS 2010: History Internship - Museum/Archives
HIS 2610: Introduction to U.S. Women’s History
HIS 7510: Chautauqua Region Before 1865
HIS 7511: Chautauqua Region Since 1865
Academic Interests
  • 19th century American history
  • American women's history
  • Public history and museum studies
  • Material culture
  • Local and regional history
Publications and Awards

“Just Cause to Feel Proud: Chautauqua County’s Leading Role in Grass-Roots Suffrage Activism,” in Votes for Women: Celebrating New York's Suffrage Centennial (SUNY Press, 2017).

“Lucretia Mott,” “Alice Paul,” and “Elizabeth Cady Stanton,” in Encyclopedia of American Studies, edited by Simon J. Bronner (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017),

“Standing Guard: The Chapman Rustic Monument and the ‘Pioneering Spirit,’” Material Culture 47, no. 2 (Fall 2015): 1-22.

“Women’s ‘Banner County’: Chautauqua County and the Suffrage Movement,” Western New York Heritage 16, no. 4 (Winter 2014): 18-27.


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