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History major and president of Phi Alpha Theta, Delaney Conner, just completed an internship at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education. Delaney conducted extensive research in the Byrd archives, which resulted in a 20-minute podcast currently being featured here:

Faculty News

Professors Julia Sandy and Keith Alexander were the recent recipients of a Women Investing in Shepherd, or “WISH,” grant to fund their ongoing preservation efforts at the Catherine Weltzheimer house, or “Yellow House”  as it is commonly known, located on Shepherd University’s campus. Dr. Alexander noted that they deeply appreciated “the generosity of WISH in funding our efforts to restore and interpret the Catherine Weltzheimer house.” Dr. Sandy noted that, “We can’t wait to get started on the next phase of the project.” More than 100 WISH members and guests were on hand to celebrate the grant awardees, including WISH member Dr. Mary J.C. Hendrix, Shepherd president. For more information on the story:

This Fall Prof. David Gordon will be offering “East Asia: A Seminar for Teachers,” a mix of lectures and hands-on activities, on alternate Saturdays.  The seminar is aimed at K-12 schoolteachers in the region who wish to enhance the Asia-related content of their classes.  The seminar is free to schoolteachers and provides both a $200 stipend and a $100 mini-grant of Asia-related materials to those who complete the course successfully.  It is sponsored by a generous grant from the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).  Any schoolteachers or pre-service Education students who are interested in participating should contact Prof. Gordon at

Shepherd University’s Common Reading program presented its first event of the academic year, a lecture by Dr. David Gordon, professor of history, titled “We Will Never Do Without Family,” which examined Hyeonseo Lee’s escape from North Korea. The event was held on Wednesday, September 5, at 7 p.m. in the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education auditorium. The event, which was co-sponsored by the Shepherd University Foundation, was free and open to the public. For more information:

Upcoming Events

Dr. James Broomall will present, “Soldier’s Tales from the Civil War: Stories of Home and the Trauma of War,” on Friday, September 21, 2018 from 6:00-7:00pm followed by the film, Deer Hunter. This presentation will be part of the Appalachian Heritage Festival taking place in September 2018.

A History Department alumni event will be held in conjunction with Shepherd University’s Homecoming on September 29. Beginning at 3.00 pm, members of the History Department and alumni will get together at Town Run Tap House.

The George Tyler Moore Center’s 22nd annual Civil War and American Society Seminar will take place in Gettysburg, PA from October 11-14, 2018. All information on how to register, where to download a registration form and brochure, and the seminar schedule can be found here.

On October 17 at 12:00 noon, Prof. David Gordon will present “Duty First:  Pearl S. Buck’s Views on Japan” at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education auditorium.  This lecture bridges American and East Asian history by highlighting certain writings of Pearl S. Buck, a native West Virginian best known for authoring The Good Earth and becoming the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.  This lecture, on a less examined aspect of Buck’s oeuvre, forms part of Shepherd’s Faculty Research Forum (FRF) lecture series.  It is free and open to the public.

On October 26, 2018, James Scythes will present his book, “This Will Make a Man of Me,” in Shepherdstown. More details will be announced in early 2018.

On Friday, November 2, 2018, Dr. Steve Goldman will lead a discussion on veterans’ experiences along with a viewing of the film, Platoon. More details will be announced later in 2018.

Dr. Peter Carmichael, Robert C. Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies and Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, will speak at Shepherd University at 7:00pm on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education. More details will be released about the lecture and book signing later this summer.

On Thursday, November 15, 2018, author David R. Craig will hold a book discussion and signing for his book, “Greetings From Gettysburg,” at 7:00pm at the War Memorial Building in Shepherdstown, WV. More details will be available later this summer.

On Friday, November 30, 2018, the History Department will host an open house event. Between 11.45 am and 4.30 pm the Department will provide prospective students with an overview of Shepherd University, the History program, and the history of Shepherdstown. A complimentary lunch will be provided and families will be given a campus tour. The event will culminate at the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War where students will interact with costumed interpreters discussing the Civil War era. For more information:

The fifth annual Civil War Christmas will take place in Shepherdstown beginning on Friday, November 30, 2018 with events running through December 2, 2018. More information will be available later in 2018.