History Student Profiles

Jessica Bastone

A Love Affair with History

I came to SUNY Plattsburgh as a history major, but along the way I have added majors in gender and women's studies and special education. Still, I have always had a love affair with history. I have always enjoyed learning about the past, even in primary school, and I would often read historical fiction or historical novels. Personally I find I love a vast amount of topics in history. The great thing about Plattsburgh is that there are so many different types of history classes offered, so that just about every topic I am interested in is covered. All the classes I have taken with the history department have been challenging and interesting. The professors I have had in my program are not only fantastic teachers but extremely knowledgeable. I feel that I am gaining great guidance for what I want to do in the future. My plans for the future include teaching primary education with the Peace Corps and furthering my education in History.

Adam Saccardi

Juli BurnettHistory tops the rest

I am triple majoring in history, political science, and economics. I enjoy all three of them and wouldn’t want to get rid of any one. But, history is my true passion, it is the only major which I entered Plattsburgh with any intention of pursuing. The others came only once I had spent some time here taken some classes. The three make a nice variety.

Despite the two other majors, history remains my favorite field. This is simply because I have always loved looking back at the past and trying to understand why things happened the way they did, and how those things relate to the way we live today. It also doesn’t hurt that the professors in the department have proven to be among the best on campus. I have been privileged in that I have not had a bad professor yet, from any department, but my history professors have been outstanding. They always show their enthusiasm for what they’re teaching and share that enthusiasm with their students. They are a big part of the reason I so enjoy being here at Plattsburgh. I am looking forward to continuing my education in all my majors, but particularly history.

Gary Peacock

New Horizons

Gary Peacock retired from the retail music business in 2006, having owned and operated an independent record store in Plattsburgh for 25 years. After two 1,000 kilometer solo bike tours in France in 2007 and 2008 followed by an Adirondack Park Blue Line tour in 2009, Gary decided to pursue a degree in history with a focus on the Adirondacks. He is the first student at SUNY Plattsburgh to pursue a minor in Adirondack Studies, which he designed as part of the Individualized studies program. Gary spends most of his free time in the Adirondacks and is excited about the prospect of enhancing his outdoor activities with a deeper knowledge and understanding of the region from an historical and environmental perspective.

Lance Paradis

Good Fit

My experience at SUNY Plattsburgh, so far, has been intellectually stimulating. The history department is full of excellent, motivated and enthusiastic educators who instill their passion for history into their students. I am grateful to the professors of the history department. The professors are all very approachable. As a freshman this was key to my experience at SUNY Plattsburgh. Coming from the small town of Schroon Lake, I graduated with around 20 students, so every teacher K-12 knew who you were and were always available to talk to. Coming into college with thousands of other students, it was really important to me that I was able to strike up working relationships with my professors. I highly recommend SUNY Plattsburgh's history program to any incoming freshmen.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

For more information about the history program at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Wendy Gordon, Chair
Office: Champlain Valley Hall 220
Phone: (518) 564-2213
Fax: (518) 564-2212
Email: gordonwm@plattsburgh.edu