Patrick Pospisek

Professor Patrick Pospisek

Patrick Pospisek
Senior Adjunct Instructor
Mackinac Hall D-1-112
[email protected]
(616) 331-8817

Fields: Early American Republic; Midwest; Federal Policy, Mining

Ph.D., Purdue University
M.A., University of Illinois-Springfield
B.A., North Central College


  • HST 103: Introduction to American Civilizations
  • HST 205: American History to 1877
  • HST 209: History and Social Studies for Elementary Teachers

Research Interests:
Patrick wrote his dissertation on the 19th century development of Galena, Illinois and is currently at work on a project exploring federal mining policy in Antebellum America. He has served as treasurer of the Midwestern History Association since 2018.

“Federal Mining Policy in James K. Polk’s America: National Authority, Small Government, and the Public Lands, 1807-1872,” in Michael Cohen, ed. James K. Polk and His Time: Essays at the Conclusion of the Polk Project University of Tennessee Press, 2022. In Press.

“’General Grant isn’t coming back’: Historic Preservation and The Construction of a Historic Landscape in Galena, Illinois 1964-1981,” Buildings & Landscapes 25.1 (Spring 2018): 5-22.

“’The Rivalship of Insignificant Villages’: Springfield, Illinois and Town Development in the Old Northwest, 1817-1840,” Historical Geography, 38 (2010): 107-129.

“Springfield’s Acquisition of the Illinois Seat of Government, 1833-1844,” Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, 99 No. 1 (Spring-Summer 2006): 8-18.

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