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Welcome to the NRCC History Department

The History program at New River Community College offers academic courses to support the college's undergraduate education and transfer programs. Please visit the above links for more information about the History Department. If you have any questions or comments regarding the History Department feel free to contact Bill Friedl.


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Not sure which courses you need to take? Talk with an academic advisor for assistance or visit the catalog and choose your program of study.

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Why Study History?

"It's the one entity that all Americans possess. Most of us don't share a religion, country of origin, or race; what we all share with the exception of those who were here before the Vikings is the immigrant experience. Sometimes like recalcitrant children we've run away from home, in hopes to find a better place. Whether we've arrived at Jamestown or Plymouth in the 17th century, arrived at Savannah or Charleston in the 18th century, arrived at New York or Boston on the coffin ships in the 19th century, arrived from Eastern Europe in the 20th century, or have just flown into O'Hare airport yesterday, we have all been taken from one land and have been deposited here like refuse beside the golden door.

It's our inheritance given to us from our enlightened forefathers, who with their trials and errors founded a great nation. This is the legacy handed down to all Americans, and this is the reason to study our history. It's our story and we should learn all of it for its heroic deeds, to its immutable errors. Cicero once said that knowing not what has come before leaves us perpetually as a child. Let us walk towards a truer maturity, and learn the stories of our nation."

- Richard Goldberg

History Department Contact Information

General questions and requests about the history department should be directed to Bill Friedl 1-866-462-6722, extension 4268, or (540) 674-3600 extension 4268.
You may also email

History Department Faculty

Call (540) 674-3600 or toll-free 1-866-462-6722, then you will be prompted to add the extension number to reach any employee.

Ted Farmer


Associate Professor of History/Political Science

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William Friedl


Assistant Professor of History

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Stephen Noakes


Adjunct Instructor

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