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Gettysburg College is pleased to announce that author Peter Troy has been awarded the 2013 Michael Shaara Prize for Excellence in Civil War Fiction. He will accept the award on Tuesday, November 19th at the Majestic Theater in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Civil War, May the Road Rise Up to Meet You (Anchor Books, 2012) is a story of four unforgettable characters who, together, illuminate the quintessential American experience.
Ethan McOwen survived the worst of the Irish famine and made the treacherous crossing to America, but his endurance is tested by the rough neighborhoods of New York until he discovers a passion for photography; Marcella Arroyo arrives from Spain a high-spirited society girl but defies her father to become a devoted abolitionist; and slaves Mary and Micah plot a clandestine escape on a cold Christmas Eve in the hopes of finding a better future. When war brings them all together, it will dramatically change the course of their individual lives...
Recent Gettysburg College graduate Hannah Grose '13 recently turned her senior capstone project into the Gettysburg Battlefield Community Garden at the Sherfy Farm. After months of coordinating multiple partners -- including the Gettysburg Foundation, National Park Service, the Civil War Institute, and the Center for Public Service -- and researching historic gardens, Grose and a team of volunteers began planting the day after graduation this past May. The Gettysburg Battlefield Community Garden, however, is more than just a living history project (as all produce grown there is consistent with the Civil War Era); everything grown in the garden is donated to Campus Kitchens, which uses fresh produce to make food for lower income households.
Learn more about Hannah and her work bringing the Sherfy Farm garden back to life.
Curious about what to expect at the Civil War Institute Summer Conference? Check out this brief video to see what sets the CWI conference apart!