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Thank you to all of our 2018 Gettysburg seminar participants, presenters, scholarship recipients, and guest scholars! Details will soon be available for our 2019 seminar  – stay tuned!

2018 C. Stuart McGehee Memorial Scholarship Winner Announced!

The George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War is proud to announce that Shepherd University junior, Richard Condon, is the recipient of the 2018 C. Stuart McGehee Memorial Scholarship to attend our 22nd annual seminar this October 11-14, 2018! “I’m thrilled to be offered the opportunity to attend this seminar, provided by the 2018 C. Stuart McGehee Scholarship. This is an experience that cannot be replicated in the traditional classroom, and I hope to take away a new level of knowledge on memory, in its relation to material culture in the Civil War.”

The 2018 C. Stuart McGehee Memorial Scholarship allows one undergraduate student attending college in the state of West Virginia to attend the Center’s annual Civil War and American Society Seminar. It is sponsored through the generosity of the Center’s longtime seminar participants and we extend our deepest thanks to them for this opportunity. The scholarship will cover the recipient’s full seminar tuition, meals, transportation on the motor coach, and hotel room.

Dr. Stuart McGehee (1956 – 2010) was a Civil War historian and professor of history.  Raised on Lookout Mountain, he earned a B.A. from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.  He taught at Bluefield College 1985 – 1995.  He joined the faculty at West Virginia State University in 1995 as chair of the Department of History and Dean of the Division of Social Sciences.  He also served as a member and chair of the West Virginia Archives and History Commission.

This year’s seminar, “Distant Thunder: The Fighting Men, Material Culture, and Contested Memories of Gettysburg,” focuses on the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg. From Thursday evening, October 11, to Sunday morning, October 14, 2018, audiences will gain an intimate view of the Campaign’s Union and Confederate armies and the terrain over which they fought. We will visit Gettysburg National Military Park, the Seminary Ridge Museum, and experience a unique opportunity that will bring artifacts back to the Gettysburg Battlefield with Wayne Motts and the National Civil War Museum.

2018 Dennis E. Frye Visiting Scholar of Civil War Studies Winner Announced!

The George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War is extremely pleased to announce that Mitchell Klingenberg is the recipient of the 2018 graduate student scholarship, the “Dennis E. Frye Visiting Scholar of Civil War Studies,” for our 22nd annual Civil War and American Society Seminar!

Mr. Klingenberg is a doctoral candidate in United States History at Texas Christian University (TCU). The author of numerous articles and reviews on themes of Civil War-era history, he has taught for several years in highly-selective liberal arts environments at the university and college-preparatory levels. Mitchell hails from Holland, Michigan. When not pursuing his research, he enjoys travel, attending TCU athletic events, viewing a good art exhibit, being immersed in literature, and playing tennis. Mitchell lives and writes in Fort Worth, Texas. “How grateful I am, and humbled, for the opportunity to travel to Gettysburg in October for the 22nd annual Civil War and American Society Seminar. It is an honor to be named the second Dennis E. Frye Visiting Scholar of Civil War Studies, and I am eager to learn from fellow program participants, especially Mr. Frye, whose generosity has made possible my participation in the seminar, and to explore themes of contested memories, which bear directly on my dissertation research on U.S. Major General John Fulton Reynolds. In all, I wish to express my gratitude to Mr. Dennis Frye, to Dr. James Broomall, to the members of the scholarship selection committee, and to Ms. Jennifer Alarcon for making this opportunity possible. I look forward to a rewarding seminar in October.”

This year’s seminar focuses on the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg and entwines the themes of memories, monuments, and materials. Participants will gain an intimate view of the Campaign’s Union and Confederate armies and the terrain over which they fought. We want to extend our deepest thanks to Mr. Dennis E. Frye, former Chief Historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and Shepherd University alumnus for providing this opportunity.

2018 John Schildt Scholarship Winner Announced!

The George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War is extremely pleased to announce that Alexandra Weakland is the recipient of the 2018 high school history teacher scholarship, the “John Schildt Scholarship,” to attend the 22nd annual Civil War and American Society Seminar!

“I am very grateful to be the 2018 John Schildt scholarship recipient. Professionally, I am entering my fourth year of teaching at Boonsboro High School in Washington County, Maryland. I teach US Studies II which covers the Industrial Revolution to present day. In addition to teaching I am the Freshman Girls Basketball Coach, and recently I started Rho Kappa – the National Social Studies Honor Society – at my high school for those students who love the humanities as well. By participating in the George Tyler Moore Center’s 22nd seminar I hope to deepen my content knowledge so that I may better prepare my Advanced Placement US History (AP US) students for their AP exam. Furthermore, I want my 9th grade students to be able to make connections from their previous learning to what we are currently learning in class. Thus, if I have a better understanding of Lincoln and his presidency then I will be able to help my students foster those connections over broad periods of time. Personally, I am looking forward to being married in June 2019 and all four of my brothers will be in the bridal party which is very exciting for my close knit family!”

This year’s seminar focuses on the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg and entwines the themes of memories, monuments, and materials. Participants will gain an intimate view of the Campaign’s Union and Confederate armies and the terrain over which they fought. We want to extend our deepest thanks to the members of “F.O.G.” (Friends of Gabor Boritt)—a group of Civil War enthusiasts dedicated to public education and programming – for providing this opportunity.

For more information on how you too can fund scholarship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to attend our annual seminar, please contact Monica Lingenfelter at the Shepherd University Foundation at 304-876-5286 or mlingenf@shepherd.edu.

2017 Dennis E. Frye Visiting Scholar of Civil War Studies Report