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Calling all Shepherd University History Majors!!

Applications are now being accepted for the summer 2019 Antietam National Battlefield internship. Any Shepherd University undergraduate history major is eligible to apply. The application deadline is February 15, 2019.
For full details please see the 2019 Antietam National Battlefield Application below, download a pdf copy here or call the George Tyler Moore Center at 304-876-5429. Thank you to Antietam National Battlefield and Eastern National for this unique and amazing opportunity for our Shepherd University history majors!

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

On Thursday, February 7, 2019, Dr. Jonathan Berkey, professor of history at Concord University, will lecture on the civilian experience in Jefferson County during the Civil War. The presentation will take place at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education on the Shepherd University campus at 7:00pm. More details to follow.

Travis Shaw, public programs coordinator at the Mosby Heritage Area Association, will present a program on the Potomac Home Brigade at 5:00pm on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at Town Run Tap House and Community Pub in Shepherdstown, WV. More details to follow.

On Thursday, March 21, 2019, Stephen Potter, Regional Archaeologist Emeritus for the National Capital Region of the National Park Service, will present, “Bullets, Canister, Case and Shrapnel: Archaeology and GIS at the Piper Farm, Antietam National Battlefield.” The lecture will begin at 7:00pm at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education on the Shepherd University campus. More details will follow.

Dr. James Broomall will be presenting his latest book, Private Confederacies: The Emotional Worlds of Southern Men As Citizens and Soldiers, at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA on Saturday, March 30, 2019. More details will be posted for the discussion and book signing in early 2019.

Dwight Pitcaithley, former chief historian of the National Park Service, will speak at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education on the Shepherd University campus on Thursday, April 11, 2019. More details to follow early in 2019.