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    On April 1, 2015, Fordham University Press published Prof. Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai’s co-edited (with Prof. Lorien Foote, Texas A&M) volume of essays about intellectual life in the Civil War Era. Wongsrichanalai’s essay “Lessons of War” is also in the collection, which showcases work from both established and up-and-coming scholars. The book, So Conceived and So Dedicated: Intellectual Life in the Civil War-Era North, is part of Fordham University Press’s “The North’s Civil War” series and seeks to expand on the idea of intellectual life and culture. The volume was inspired by the late George M. Fredrickson’s 1965 publication, The Inner Civil War.
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    Mr. Preston Lewis, former director of the Office of Communications, and Prof. Tina Doyle from the Department of Communications spoke to an audience at the C. J. Davidson Center on the topics of journalism and photography during the Civil War era. Mr. Lewis discussed several important developments and individuals that helped record events of the war while Prof. Doyle explained the technological advances made in photography as well as the challenges that photographers faced during the period.
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    Profs. Jeff Womack (Department of Visual and Performing Arts) and Kathryn Ostrofsky (Department of History) gave two lectures about the musical traditions that informed Civil War Era Americans. Prof. Womack discussed the New England Singing School movement while Prof. Ostrofsky introduced the audience to artists such as Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield, Stephen Foster, and the Hutchinsons.
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    Dr. Mark Weitz, Ph.D., a practicing attorney at Weitz Morgan PLLC and Civil War historian, discussed three cases that highlight the legal aspects confronting the Confederate and Union governments during the early months of the American Civil War. The event, which was held at the Fort Concho Commissary, attracted a crowd of both students and town residents. The History Department wishes to thank Dr. Weitz, Fort Concho Site Manager Robert Bluthardt, and the Fort Concho Foundation for making this event possible.
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    Dr. Kenna Lang Archer’s book Unruly Waters: A Social and Environmental History of the Brazos River will be released in May 2015 by the University of New Mexico Press. Unruly Waters studies the efforts of engineers and politicians to tame the 950-mile Brazos River and focuses on the period between 1821 to 1980. The book argues that although the development projects proposed for this river were well-intentioned and ambitious in their scope, control over the Brazos proved elusive. Dr. Archer completed her book at the same time that Baylor University opened a $260 million dollar football stadium alongside the Brazos River in Waco, suggesting that the topic of river improvement remains an important one.
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    Prof. April Holm, assistant professor of history and associate director of the Center for Civil War Research at the University of Mississippi, discussed the rupture between northern and southern evangelicals during the Civil War Era. Prof. Holm also briefly discussed her research with the crowd of 180 attendees.
  • Dr. Christine Lamberson and Dr. Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai, faculty in Angelo State University’s History Department, have been awarded a three-year, $99,982 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to preserve the experiences of West Texas military veterans and their families from World War I to the present and to examine how those experiences have changed or remained the same over the past century.
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    Drs. Christine Lamberson and Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai, both assistant professors in the Department of History, have received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to collect, preserve, and analyze stories from veterans and their families. The project titled “West Texans and the Experience of War” will culminate in an online repository and public website displaying interviews, letters, diaries, and other items chronicling the experience of America’s wars during the long Twentieth Century. The grant will also fund the department’s forthcoming lecture series to commemorate the centennial of World War I.

    This is Angelo State’s first major NEH grant.

    Please read the official news release by the university here.
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    Former Angelo State University President Jim Hindman returned to campus as part of the History Department’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration Lecture Series. President Hindman, who used to teach a course on sports history, enlightened the crowd about how post-Civil War concerns about masculinity led to the development of American Football.
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    As part of the fall 2014 Civil War Lecture Series, Dr. Emmett Essin from East Tennessee State University presented his research on cavalry horses at the Fort Concho Stables to an audience of 125. Dr. Essin, who spoke as part of the Civil War Lecture Series in 2012, is an expert on the history of the army mule.

 

Upcoming Events

April 9th, 2015

  • Image preview 7:00pm - 8:30pm: Civil War Lecture: From Civil War to Civil Rights

    Dr. Christine Lamberson and Dr. Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai will be the featured speakers for the final program of Angelo State University’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in the Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive.

April 18th, 2015

  • Image preview 10:00am - 4:00pm: War Stories: San Angelo Harvest
    As part of its National Endowment for the Humanities-sponsored grant, “War Stories: West Texans from World War I to the Present,” the Department of History invites West Texas residents to visit the Angelo State University Library with items relating to military service or experience from America’s 20th century conflicts.
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