Mount St. Joseph University

Nathan Hornback, ‘17

Humanities, History, Liberal Arts

By: Megan Simmermeyer

File Under: history, liberal arts, student success stories

Congratulations to Nathan Hornback, a May 2017 history major graduate! During his time at the Mount, Hornback discovered many opportunities to showcase and develop his talents. A member of the men’s soccer team for four years, he found the balance between athletics and academics, excelling at both. In fact, he received the History Department’s award as the Outstanding major.

During the summer before his junior year, Hornback also had the exciting opportunity to work with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s archives as their first ever intern. He worked as a volunteer to help catalog the Archdiocese materials as they settled into their new location. “Being in a place that held so much content and history was something special,” Hornback said. One day, he recalls coming across the signature of President Eisenhower, and he said he was just amazed to have come in contact with such a valuable piece of history. “Learning how to work in an archives and what it entails was probably my biggest takeaway,” he said.

According to his supervisor, Sarah Patterson, Hornback’s work as an intern let to further work between the Archdiocese and him. Patterson saw on social media that Hornback was taking a course in photography and approached him about photographing churches around the archdiocese. Hornback’s photos are now displayed in the newly renovated spaces on the first and ninth floors of the Central Offices of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Ultimately, Hornback’s work with the archives led him to his senior research paper, entitled “America’s Vacationland for Youth,” which was about Fort Scott Camp. He had organized and archived information on the camp during his time with the Archdiocese, and he learned a great deal more during his research for class. “I never knew how big summer camps were or that Cincinnati had one of the largest,” he said. “People from across the country came to go to [Fort Scott Camp] and even children from Mexico and Canada.”

From his time at the Mount, Hornback has made numerous connections and relationships. “I am forever grateful for [my professors’] time and effort in giving me my education and taking the time to get to know me as me and not just another student,” he said. “It’s great to have that type of relationship with professionals in your field. I don’t think many people are able to say they have that.” After graduation, Hornback plans to find employment in a museum or archives.

Congratulations, once again, Nathan!

To learn more about a degree like Nathan’s, visit our liberal arts major and history minor webpages.