Announcing Emerging Scholars Program Speakers

The American Civil War Museum
The new American Civil War Museum, scheduled to open in May 2019

The Civil War Monitor is proud to sponsor The American Civil War Museum’s upcoming Emerging Scholars Program. As part of the museum’s grand opening events on May 4, a series of pop-up talks will highlight the work of the next generation of Civil War-era thinkers. Each talk will be short and informal and include time for questions.

Following a national search, the museum chose eight speakers in four different categories: students in a current degree program; post-doctoral fellows; early career historians; and authors who have published their first article or book in the past two years. The selection committee chose the finalists based on diversity of historical topics and strong communication skills for a non-expert audience.

Here are the 2019 Emerging Scholars and their research topics:

Heath Anderson, graduate student, Virginia Commonwealth University: Legacy of William Mahone and the Readjuster Party

Katelyn Brown, program coordinator, Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, Virginia Tech: 19th-century visual culture as windows to the impacts of the Civil War

Ben Davidson, postdoctoral fellow, Smithsonian National Museum of American History: Kids who came of age during the Civil War and Emancipation, and the potential impact on them as adults

Sam Florer, military interpreter, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation: Civil War monuments through a 1900 monument to the Catawba Indians who fought for the Confederacy

Ashleigh Lawrence-Sanders, graduate student, Rutgers University: African-American Civil War Memory, 1915–1965

John Legg, graduate student, Virginia Tech: The Dakota War and its intersection with Total War

Kurt Luther, assistant professor, Virginia Tech: Website project (Civil War Photo Sleuth) to use facial recognition software to identify people in Civil War photos

Ashley Towle, lecturer, University of Southern Maine: African Americans and the creation of national cemeteries in the South

Join us and these speakers at the grand opening of the new Historic Tredegar location of American Civil War Museum on May 4, Richmond, Virginia.

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