Nick Cala, a History major from Massapequa, New York, recently received the Harlowe Hardinge Award for excellence in Early American History. Nick, pictured here receiving the award from History Department chair Professor Timothy Shannon, was a student in Fall 2009 in History 342: Revolutionary America. In addition to a cash grant to be used toward his education, Nick received a copy of Gordon S. Wood's Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815. Nick plans on pursuing a career in teaching after he graduates from Gettysburg.
The Hardinge Award is made possible by the generosity of Harlowe Hardinge of Seattle, Washington. Hardinge, whose family roots are in York, Pennsylvania, has donated his collection of rare books to Musselman Library. An avid reader and collector of books concerning early American history, Mr. Hardinge has worked with members of the College's Development Office, Musselman Library, and the History Department to encourage Gettysburg History majors to study the events and people associated with the founding of the American nation.