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May 23, 2005
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WAR, WOMEN, AND THE ECONOMY ARE TOP PICKS FOR RESEARCHERS AT VIRGINIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Richmond, VA–Nearly 40 researchers from twenty-one states and the United Kingdom will come to the Virginia Historical Society this summer in search of evidence about such diverse subjects as war, African American gravesites, southern women and grief, and horse racing. They are part of the Mellon Fellowship program that awards stipends to doctoral students and other scholars for up to three weeks of research at the VHS. "These grants give us the opportunity to support the newest lines of inquiry into our state's varied past," comments Nelson Lankford, head of the fellowship program. "I continue to be impressed with the ingenuity of scholars in asking new and creative questions about familiar subjects," adds Lankford.
The Mellon Fellowship program, now in its eighteenth year, was initially endowed by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 1987. Since then, contributions from other sources have enabled the VHS to create these additional fellowships: the Frances Lewis Fellowships in women's studies, the Betty Sams Christian Fellowships in business history, and the Reese Fellowships in American Bibliography and the History of the Book in the Americas. More than 450 researchers have received fellowships since the program's creation.
VIRGINIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENTS FOR 2005
Tom Anderson of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for research of political thought in Virginia during the American Revolution.
Nikki Berg of the University of Minnesota for researching the dissertation, "A Regency of Women: Female Plantation Management in the Old South."
Maria A. Bollettino of the University of Texas at Austin for a study of the influence of the Seven Years' War upon the issue of slavery in the British and French colonies.
Edward Bond of Alabama A&M University for researching a biography of James Blair (1656–1743).
William H. Boulware of the University of Cambridge for a study of the leisure habits of blacks and underclass whites in antebellum Georgia, South Carolina, and the Chesapeake region.
Glenn David Brasher of the University of Alabama for researching the dissertation, "None More Meritorious: The Participation of African Americans in the Peninsula Campaign of 1862."
Leslie Campbell of Hiram College for a study of black female culture in Virginia.
Kenneth Cohen of the University of Delaware for researching the dissertation, "Cultural Business: The Making and Meaning of Leisure in Early America."
Karen L. Cox of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for a study of Confederate culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Michael Creswell of Florida State University for researching the book, A Question of Balance: France, the United States, and the Creation of the Cold War Order in Western Europe, 1945 to 1954.
Samuel Graber of the University of Iowa for a study of American memory after the Civil War.
John Wess Grant of Michigan State University for a comparative study of the free black communities of Richmond, Virginia and Monrovia, Liberia, between 1817 and 1870.
Warren R. Hofstra of Shenandoah University for a study of the wheat economy in the Shenandoah Valley.
James K. Hogue of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for a study of black Confederates in history and memory.
Paul E. Johnson of the University of South Carolina for researching the book, The First Great American Horse Race.
Cynthia Kierner of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for a biography of Martha Jefferson Randolph.
Daniel Krebs of Emory University for a study of German prisoners of war in the American Revolution.
Deborah Lee of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities for researching the antislavery movement in northern Virginia, 1810–1865.
Angela M. Leonard of Loyola College in Maryland for research of African American gravesites in Virginia.
Jill McDonough for a book of sonnets concerning executions in American history.
Rebecca S. Montgomery of Mississippi State University for a biography of educational reformer Celeste Parrish.
Amy Morsman of Middlebury College for a study of Virginia planter families in the aftermath of the Civil War.
Lindsay O'Neill of Yale University for researching the dissertation, "Speaking Letters: Communication and Community in the Wider British World, 1660–1760."
Elizabeth Brown Pryor for research on a book of letters of Robert E. Lee.
Mark S. Quintanilla of Hannibal-LaGrange College for researching the letterbooks of Michael Keane.
Edward D. Ragan of Syracuse University for researching the dissertation, "'And so we are here today, descended from the best English blood and the best Indian blood': Documenting Rappahannock Tribal Oral Traditions of Elite Assistance on Virginia's Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck."
Karen Rubin of Florida State University for a study of grief and loss among southern women in the aftermath of the Civil War.
John Ruddiman of Yale University for researching the dissertation, "'Becoming men of some consequence': Young Men of the Continental Army in Revolutionary War and Peace."
John M. Sacher of Emporia State University for a study of Confederate conscription.
Laura Sandy of the University of Manchester for researching the dissertation, "Between Owner and Slave: The Role of Overseers in the Management of Slave Plantations in Virginia and South Carolina, 1740–1800."
Anne Secord of the University of Cambridge for researching the Dawson Turner papers.
Solomon Smith of the University of Georgia for researching the dissertation, "'A profound secret in the breast of a very few': Industrial Activities in the Chesapeake Region During the Eighteenth Century.”
Diane Miller Sommerville of Fairleigh Dickinson University for researching the book, Aberration of Mind: Suicide, Gender, and the American Civil War.
Anthony J. Stanonis of the University of South Carolina for a study of leisure in southern beach communities.
Konrad Tuchscherer of St. John's University for research of Lott Cary and Augustus Curtis.
Tracey Weis of Millersville University for a study of the role of Virginians in the establishment of free black communities in south central Pennsylvania.
Heather A. Williams of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for a study of African American family separation during slavery and reunification attempts.
The Virginia Historical Society is located at 428 N. Boulevard. The Story of Virginia, An American Experience,
a 10,000-square-foot exhibition with more than a thousand objects covering all of Virginia history from prehistoric
times to the present is featured in the Robins Center for Virginia History. Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am - 5pm
and Sunday 1pm - 5pm (Museum Galleries only). Admission: $5/adults, $4/seniors 55+ ($2/Tuesdays–galleries
only), $3/children and students, free/members. Admission to the galleries is free on Mondays. For group tour
information, call (804) 342-9652. For more information, please call (804) 358-4901 or visit