Dr. Krystyn Moon Winner of Brennan Archaeology Award

On October 2, Krystyn Moon, Professor of History and American Studies Program Director, was awarded the 2019 Brennan Archaeology Award as a member of the Fort Ward Interpretive Committee (together with Frank Cooling, Mary Furlong Minkoff, Carol Johnson, Frances Terrell, Adrienne Washington, and Charles Ziegler.)

The Alexandria Archaeological Commission announced the award, which was presented by Mayor Wilson and Councilmember Redella “Del” Pepper. Dr. Moon has volunteered for the past few years doing history research as part of the Fort Ward Interpretive Committee to provide an integrated narrative of the Fort Ward City Park, which was the site of a Union fort and an African American neighborhood from the 1860s through the 1960s. Dr. Moon has shared her work as both a professional historian and a city resident.

The Fort Ward Interpretive Committee was celebrated at the event”for their stalwart devotion to the ongoing interpretation of history at Fort Ward Park; for their leadership in guiding and directing the implementation of a new interpretive experience for visitors to the park, as a Civil War fort and then the center of an African American community; for their pursuit of and vision for a new and updated park history based on the theme, Bastions of Freedom, which charts the arc of history at the park from Civil War to Civil Rights; and for immeasurably enhancing the interpretation of the park with their knowledge, foresight, and dedication to one of Alexandria’s most treasured historical sites.”

For more, see Professor Moon’s own report on the history of Fort Ward City Park, entitled “Finding the Fort: A History of an African American Neighborhood in Northern Virginia, 1860s-1960s.”

Allyson Poska Awarded Book Prize

bookcoverap Dr. Allyson Poska has been awarded the prize for best book of 2016 from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women for her work Gendered Crossings: Women and Migration in the Spanish Empire (Univ. of New Mexico Press, 2016).

In its recognition of the work’s achievement, the award committee noted their appreciation for how this book “complicates our understandings of masculinity, femininity, honor and sexual norms in showing how Spain tried to use families and migration to advance its imperial goals.” At the same time, they praised Gendered Crossings as it also presents “a careful study of many different historical subjects — women as well as men, poor and rich, and enslaved and free — that offers a powerful example of how histories of the early modern Atlantic world are enriched by weaving gender together with class, race, and European and Colonial politics.”

For more information on this study, see the link above. The Department of History and American Studies is delighted to extend its congratulations to Dr. Allyson Poska on her award.

 

Majors Banquet & Awards (4/24): Reserve a Seat Now!

15th Annual Department of History and American Studies

MAJORS BANQUET

Friday, April 24, 2015

5:30 pm

at Brock’s Riverside Grill

Join your friends and professors to celebrate the end of the year at a festive gathering featuring:

– Delicious dinner and cash bar in a great location in downtown Fredericksburg

– Recognition of majors’ achievements

– Announcement of scholarship recipients

– Presentation of Department’s annual awards

Cost: $15 majors & prospective majors; $20 faculty and guests

Payment: See Mrs. Patton in Monroe 228 by April 17th

Dress: Business attire recommended

Faculty News: Dr. Kimberly Kutz Wins Dissertation Award

kutz_photoDr. Kimberly Kutz of UMW’s History and American Studies Department recently won the 2014 Hay-Nicolay Award for the best dissertation about Abraham Lincoln’s life, career, or legacy, presented by the Abraham Lincoln Association and Abraham Lincoln Institute.  She’ll be accepting the award at the ALI Annual Symposium at the National Archives in Washington, DC, on March 22.

Dr. Kutz’s dissertation (“Lincoln’s Ghosts: The Posthumous Career of an American Icon” UNC-Chapel Hill, 2013) examines the perception that Abraham Lincoln’s “spirit” remained in the United States after his death through a range of representations in popular culture: spirit photographs, stage actors and Lincoln presenters, paintings, the Walt Disney Lincoln Audioanimatron, and pilgrimage sites.  She argues that these representations continued to debate whether the Civil War was about emancipation or saving the Union by attempting to solve the question of whether Lincoln would have approved of African American equality – by trying to “bring him to life” to give a definitive answer.

McClurken Receives Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award

University of Mary Washington Professor of History Jeffrey McClurken is the recipient of a prestigious 2014 Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV).

The awards are the Commonwealth’s highest honor for faculty at Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities, recognizing superior accomplishments in teaching, research and public service. This year, 12 faculty members were selected from a highly competitive pool of candidates. In February, the recipients will each receive a $5,000 cash award underwritten by Dominion Foundation.

McClurken, who joined the UMW faculty in 2001, has been instrumental to the university’s digital history efforts and has been on the forefront of incorporating technology in the classroom. He also serves as chairperson of the history and American studies department.

He has presented numerous lectures and presentations across the country on teaching with social media, digital history and 19th-century American social and cultural history. His 2009 book “Take Care of the Living: Reconstructing Confederate Veteran Families in Virginia” examines the long-term consequences of the Civil War for veterans and their families in Southside Virginia.

McClurken, named to the Princeton Review’s inaugural list of “300 Best Professors,” received the Mary Washington Young Alumnus Award in 2003 and the J. Christopher Bill Outstanding Faculty Service Award in 2012.

In addition to his work in the history department, McClurken has served as chair of numerous university committees, including the Campus Academic Resources Committee, the Race and Gender Curriculum Advisory Committee and the Provost’s Ad Hoc University Committee on Digital Initiatives. He also has been active in countless university-wide initiatives, including the Teaching and Learning Technologies Roundtable, the Monroe Hall Renovation Planning Committee and the College of Arts and Sciences Strategic Planning Committee.

Outside of UMW, McClurken frequently lends his time to local public school systems, as well as to the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.

A 1994 graduate of Mary Washington, McClurken received a master’s degree and doctorate from Johns Hopkins University.

The General Assembly and Governor created the Outstanding Faculty Award program in 1986. Since the first awards in 1987, more than 300 Virginia faculty members have received this high honor. For more information about the program, visit http://www.schev.edu/AdminFaculty/OFA/OFAprogramOverview.asp.

This news story was composed by Brynn Boyer and originally appeared at UMW’s Media and Public Relations site on January 16, 2014. Link.