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Shepherd's George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War accepts extensive book collection

ISSUED: 15 November 2010
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd's George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War accepts extensive book collection)

Shepherdstown, WV--The George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War (GTMC) at Shepherd University, in conjunction with the Scarborough Library and Shepherd University Foundation, announces the receipt of 96 Civil War books donated by Elaine Apostoles of Springfield, Virginia, in memory of her late husband, Nick P. Apostoles. The books are in excellent condition and many are first editions and have been signed by the author. The collection will be stored in the GTMC and the Scarborough Library for student/faculty use and research.

A retired major and logistician with the United States Air Force, Nick Apostoles was an avid Civil War enthusiast who, along with his wife of 52 years, frequently participated in the Smithsonian Civil War tours. According to Elaine, Nick visited their home library every day to read from his extensive collection of Civil War books. Prior to his death in February 2009 at the age of 86, he informed her that he wished for the treasured collection to be given to an institution where the books would be used and appreciated. Shepherd alumnus, Ted Rudd '58, a friend and neighbor of the couple for 40 years, suggested she donate the collection to the GTMC to be used by students and faculty alike.

"I didn't realize there was a center for the study of the Civil War," said Elaine. "When Ted told me about it, I thought it sounded like the perfect place for the books. I'm very pleased with the way they will be used. I think it's what Nick would have wanted and feel I'm honoring his wishes."

Each book received a personalized bookplate in memory of Nick Apostoles. On November 9, Elaine Apostoles and Rudd visited Shepherd's campus to tour the GTMC and view the collection in its new home.

"The George Tyler Moore Center appreciates the kind gift of books from Mrs. Apostoles," said Dr. Mark Snell, director of the GTMC. "All books in our collection are routinely used by our students and the public."

For more information about making donations through the Shepherd University Foundation, please contact Monica Lingenfelter, Shepherd University Foundation, P.O. Box 5000, Shepherdstown, WV, 25443-5000, 304-876-5397, mlingenf@shepherd.edu or visit http://www.shepherd.edu/fndtnweb.

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Ted Rudd '58 (left) and Elaine Apostoles join Mark Snell at the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War at Shepherd University.

 

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