From June of 1913 until March of 1928, the Chicago Tribune ran a bi-weekly column titled “Varied Activities of Women” featuring ten to fifteen one to two sentence summaries of news made by or considered relevant to American women. The information conveyed in these items ranges from the very broad (“Women working as laborers on farms other than those at home now number nearly 225,000” – Jul 12, 1925) to very specific (“Mrs. E. T. David of Douglas, Wyo. Has been elected president of the board of trustees of the University of Wyoming. She is the first woman to hold such office” – 14 Apr 1918), with each offering a peak into a larger story of women in America and across the world. These blurbs did not come with citations, nor was follow up done. The Varied Activities of Women Project invites students to dig and discover the larger stories behind these brief news items, writing and researching 20th century women’s narratives from new, untold perspectives. This initiative, however, is not associated with a class project or a grade, hinging entirely on student enthusiasm and begging the the question: will research itself be enough of a reward? Student writing will be featured on a blog and participants will be given the opportunity to present their findings in public, but will busy students choose to do research outside of curriculum? What does it take to make research fun, interesting and engaging to student populations when its not required?