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Meet Eva Blackenhorn, Richards Center Gettysburg National Military Park Summer Intern

Meet Eva Blankenhorn ('21), one of four Richards Center interns this summer at Harpers Ferry and Gettysburg national parks. So glad to see Eva is having a great time this summer!


From the Gettysburg National Military Park for Teachers, Students, and Families - Get to know the new faces you will be seeing around Gettysburg National Military Park this summer with our Meet the Intern feature! Over the next few weeks, our summer intern team will post short biographies of themselves along with descriptions of their programs and career aspirations.

Hi everyone! I’m Eva Blankenhorn, an interpretive intern here at Gettysburg National Military Park this summer, and a rising junior at Penn State University where I am majoring in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management and minoring in History! 
Working at Gettysburg this summer has been nothing short of an absolute dream. The battlefield has always been, and will always be one of my favorite places. When I first visited with my family just three short years ago, I never could have imagined the profound affect these hallowed grounds would have on the rest of my life! You may catch me in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery giving a program focused on the casualties of the battle that extend beyond the cemetery gates, behind the Information Desk at the Visitors Center, or assisting with one of our “Join the Army” children’s programs. I also discuss the role women played following the Battle of Gettysburg, and highlight the story of Cornelia Hancock during my Mystery History Guest program! There are so many stories to tell, and sacrifices to remember, and I’m so thankful to be a small part of the incredible team that keeps them alive! I hope to see you all out on the battlefield this summer!

Public Talk by William C. Davis

The Richards Center and the Central Pennsylvania Civil War Round Table will co-sponsor a public talk, “Looking for Loreta Velasquez — the Fantasy Life of a Confederate Heroine,” by William C. Davis, on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 7:00 p.m., at the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania. 

William C. Davis, former director of Virginia Tech's Center for Civil War Studies, spent 31 years in editorial management in the publishing industry, consulted for numerous film and television productions, and was senior adviser for the A&E and History Channel series Civil War Journal. Davis is the author of more than 50 books, most recently Crucible of Command and Inventing Loreta Velasquez.  He is the only four-time winner of the Jefferson Davis Award of the Museum of the Confederacy for works on the Civil War and Confederacy.


New endowment honors outgoing director of Richards Civil War Era Center

We are excited to announce the creation of the Dr. William A. Blair Leadership Fund. It honors Bill's 21 years of groundbreaking leadership as the director of the Richards Center. The Blair Leadership Fund will allow new Richards Center director Rachel Shelden added flexibility in pursuing new initiatives and fulfilling the Center's mission of enhancing undergraduate and graduate education and promoting innovative scholarship on the Civil War era and its legacy. Read more about the endowment on Penn State news.

Winfree Professor Amy S. Greenberg Participates in Residency Program in China

Winfree Professor Amy S. Greenberg Participates in Residency Program in China

Winfree Professor Amy S. Greenberg in China

Amy S. Greenberg, George Winfree Professor of American History and Women’s Studies at Penn State, participated in a one-week seminar on the history of early U.S. diplomacy this summer at Fujian Normal University in China. The residential seminar was organized by the Organization of American Historians (OAH) and the American History Research Association of China. She was one of three U.S. historians to participate in the program. Through this and similar programs, the OAH promotes the teaching and study of American history around the world. During her week in China, Dr. Greenberg delivered lectures drawn from her scholarship on America's continental expansion and imperial ambitions in the nineteenth century. She also gave talks on antebellum urban male culture and her recent biography of First Lady Sarah Polk. She was thankful to have the opportunity to develop lectures for non-native English speakers and believes that this experience will make her an even more effective teacher. You can read more about Dr. Greenberg's experience in China by following this link.

Zander Received U.S. Army Center of Military History Fellowship

Congratulations to Cecily Zander, Ph.D. candidate, who has received an U.S. Army Center of Military History's Dissertation Fellowship for 2019-2020! Cecily plans to use the funds for trips to Oklahoma, Texas, California, and Washington, DC for research on her dissertation, “Agents of Empire: The U.S. Army, Native Americans, and the Civil War in the Making of the American West.” Congrats Cecily!

The Richards Center Welcomes Leigh Soares, 2019-20 Richards Center/ARC postdoctoral scholar, to Penn State!

Leigh Soares is joining Penn State and the Richards Center as the center's 2019-2020 postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Soares received her Ph.D. in History from Northwestern University. Her research and teaching interests include African American history, the U.S. South, and 19th and 20th century U.S. history. Her dissertation, “Higher Ambitions for Freedom: The Politics of Public Black Colleges in the South, 1865-1915,” examined how black political and educational leaders mobilized throughout the region to establish and maintain state-supported black colleges. Support for the project came from the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation and Northwestern University. Dr. Soares is currently developing a book manuscript that builds on her dissertation research. Prior to attending Northwestern, she received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a master’s degree from the College of William & Mary, both in History.