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Charles Roland

In Spotlight on May 4, 2018 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , , ,


Dr. Charles Roland

Charles P. Roland, a noted historian of the Civil War and the American military, chats with well-wishers at his 100th birthday party at the Univeristy of Kentucky. He holds a cane made by one of his grandfathers for the other.

Dr. Charles P. Roland, professor emeritus at the University of Kentucky and former president of the Southern Historical Association, was celebrated last month for his 100th birthday. See the blog about him by Tom Eblen (here), and a video of the event is published on YouTube here – complete with an Army color guard.

Dr. Roland’s wife, Allie Lee Roland, passed away a few days ago and the UK History Department staff wanted to alert us about the funeral arrangements.

Saturday, May 5 at Clark Legacy Center, 601 E. Brandon Road, Nicholasville, KY (phone 859-271-1111). Visitation from 2-4 pm and funeral at 4 PM.

We offer our condolences to Dr. Roland and his family.



Spotlight on Megan Mummey, KATH Board Member

In Spotlight on January 6, 2014 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Megan Mummey, UK Libraries

Megan Mummey, UK Libraries, 2013-14 KATH Board member

We turn the spotlight now on Megan Mummey, our newly elected Librarian/Archivist Representative on the 2013-14 KATH Board. Ms. Mummey is a Collection Management Archivist in Special Collections at the University of Kentucky Libraries. Here are her responses to our interview questions:

What is your current school and alma mater/s?

Collections Management Archivist at the University of Kentucky; University of Texas at Austin MSIS (2009) and BA in History (2007).

What are your fields of interest?

Archival science and early state history for Kentucky and Texas.

When did you first develop an interest in history?

My interest first developed during my AP U.S. history course in high school. I loved reading our textbook, which was a springboard to other books and from there to my undergraduate degree.

How have your interests changed since graduate school?

My interests have changed significantly. While in school, I studied and wrote on Russian intellectual history, but my interests have changed through my professional archival work in Texas and Kentucky. As an archivist I work with a broad range of primary resources. Currently, I work with records and documents concerning Appalachia, early Kentucky history, military history, and Kentucky public policy. Through processing and providing reference I have gained a very deep and specific knowledge of our holdings.

What projects are you working on currently?

I currently supervise students and staff working on processing a range of material, including civil war letters, the papers of Kentucky education advocate Bob Sexton, early Kentucky broadsides, and the Andrew J. May papers. I just finished working on the W. Jefferson Harris Collection about the saddlebred horse industry in the early twentieth century. I’m also working with a group of librarians and several students on an interactive digital and physical exhibit called “Immigrants in Appalachia”, which will go up in March.

Is there an article, book, movie, blog, etc., that you could recommend to fellow KATH members?

I contribute to the University of Kentucky Special Collections blog Curiosities and Wonders. We post highlights from our collections; announcements about acquisitions and fully processed collections; and different events and exhibits Special Collections puts on.

Other than history, what are you passionate about?

Running after my 18 month old son, cooking, and reading everything I can get my hands on.


Spotlight: Angela Ash, Owensboro CTC

In Spotlight on August 27, 2013 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , , , ,

Angela Ash, OCTC

Angela Ash, OCTC

Keeping the focus on our KATH Member-in-the-Spotlight, this time we present 2012-13 KATH Board Member, Angela Ash, who represents Kentucky Community & Technical Colleges. (See past KATH Spotlight articles by clicking here.)

Current school and alma mater/s:  Assistant Professor of History at Owensboro Community and Technical College; MA 2005 University of Louisville; BA 2003 Brescia University; AA Owensboro Community College

Fields of interest: English Reformation, French Revolution, 19th Century Europe, World War I, Jewish History, Military History.

When did you first develop an interest in history? I remember as a child, my mother bringing home books on the Holocaust and World War II from her bookstore, and my father’s deep interest in the American Civil War also made a lasting impression.  I carried this with me through high school, where my favorite courses were World Civilizations and American History, in the US Navy, where our RDC’s would quiz us on American Naval History, and then in college, where I had amazing History professors like Dr. Marc Maltby for American History at Owensboro Community College, and Dr. Frances Brown for European History at Brescia University.  I knew then, as a college student, that I wanted to devote my life to the study of history, and emulate my professors to the best of my ability with the hopes of connecting with students in the same way.

How have your interests changed since graduate school? In graduate school, my focus was researching the dimensions of the English Reformation, particularly the dissolution of monasteries and the overall impact.  However, after a few years of teaching, reading and researching independently, I have transferred that same passion to military and diplomatic history; 19th century Europe and World War I have been my objects of study for the past few years.  I also have spent much of the time since graduate school improving my teaching – finding ways to make history relevant and exciting to students.

What projects are you working on currently? My current projects include preparing a Constitution Day presentation for my campus on the European roots of the American system of government, participation in a panel discussion and local documentary on the European front in World War II sponsored by the Daviess County Public Library, and recruiting students to sign up for a 2014 summer study course I plan to teach with a colleague, involving a trip to the Czech Republic, Austria, and Poland.

Is there an article, book, movie, blog, etc., that you could recommend to fellow KATH members?  One of my favorite books is a classic – Niall Ferguson’s The Pity of War, and my favorite documentary is the PBS masterpiece “The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century.”

What do you value most about the history profession? I value the time I get to spend with the students, and the opportunity I have to help them understand the human story and how it relates to them.  To me, it is a huge responsibility, and every class session is a chance to make the past matter in a culture where what happened “before me” is not necessarily valued.

Other than history, what are you passionate about? My eight year old daughter Gracie tops that list, but I also love to travel when possible, watch old films, study languages (when I can), and listen to music, though my taste is quite eclectic.

Any final thoughts?  I have a favorite quote from Plato that I sometimes share with students – “Only the dead have seen the end of war,” which is rather grim, but drives home an important point about past and present conflict.

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