Allie Ward is a senior at Gettysburg College double majoring in History and Philosophy. She is a member of many organizations on campus including Alpha Phi Omega, the Gettysburg College Historical Journal, and the Honor Commission. Allie works for the Residence Life staff and has worked for the Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Department since her freshman year. Last fall, she studied abroad in Berlin, Germany, developing her language skills. Last summer she interned with the Rockefeller Archive Center in Sleepy Hollow, New York.
Avery Lentz is a History major and Spanish minor, originally from Hughesville, Pennsylvania. He holds a particular interest for military history, studying the American Civil War through World War II and modern warfare. His extracurricular activities include working with the Owl & Nightingale Players of Kline Theater, as well outdoor activities such as frisbee golf, tennis, and paintball. In the summer of 2013, Avery served as a Brian C. Pohanka Intern at Gettysburg National Military Park.
Brian Johnson is a History major with a minor in Business. At Gettysburg, Brian serves as a Resident Assistant for freshmen and spends time with Disciple Makers Christian Fellowship. He especially enjoyed serving as a Brian C. Pohanka Intern with the National Park Service at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park (Summer 2011) and with Stratford Hall as a curatorial intern (Summer 2012). These experiences prepared Brian for a curatorial internship at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History (Fall 2012).
Brianna Kirk is an American Studies major with minors in Civil War Era Studies and Education. She is a junior from West Chester, Pennsylvania, and came to Gettysburg College to pursue her passion for the Civil War. Her extracurricular activities on campus include membership in the Bullets Marching Band, serving as Drum Major, Symphony Band, and Clarinet Ensemble. Brianna is also involved with Disciple Makers Christian Fellowship, and is a student assistant for the Civil War Era Studies Department. Check out Brianna's recent blog post about Civil War veteran and double amputee, Clark Gardner.
Bryan Caswell is currently a junior at Gettysburg College, majoring in History with minors in Civil War Era Studies and Classics. He originally hails from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, though his family now lives in Wilton, Connecticut. His extracurricular activities include membership in the college's Civil War Club, of which he is the president, and being one of two house leaders for the Civil War Theme House Residence facility. Bryan spent the summer of the 2013 as a Brian C. Pohanka Intern working at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. Read Bryan's recent piece about the 16th Maine's desperate stand at the Battle of Gettysburg on The Gettysburg Compiler.
Emma Murphy is a junior History major with a minor in Civil War Era Studies. During the summer of 2012, she served as a Brian C. Pohanka Intern at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park (National Park Service), and spent this past summer interning at Richmond National Battlefield Park. Emma is looking forward to continuing her fellowship with the Civil War Institute and the Civil War Era Studies Department at Gettysburg College.
Heather Clancy hails most recently from the sunny California town of Coronado. A junior at Gettysburg College, she majors in History with minors in Civil War Era Studies and German Studies. Her extracurricular pursuits include positions in the college's Student Senate and German Club as the club's Student Senate representative and Treasurer, and membership in the college's re-enacting unit, the Pennsylvania College Guard/26th PEMR. In the summer of 2013, she served as a Brian C. Pohanka Intern at Andersonville National Historic Site in Georgia. Check out Heather's recent blog post about F.M. Stoke's experiences tending to the wounded after the Battle of Gettysburg.
Kevin Lavery, of Hershey, Pennsylvania, is an undeclared History major from the Class of 2016. In addition to his duties as a Civil War Institute Fellow, he serves as a Peer Learning Associate for "The Pity of War," an interdisciplinary First-Year Seminar about World War I. He is also treasurer of the Civil War Club and involved with the Pennsylvania College Guard. Kevin is a member of the House Fiction theme house and enjoys hiking, kayaking, and other outdoor activities. Read Kevin's recent series of blog posts delving into the life of Civil War veteran Richard D. Dunphy.
Logan Tapscott, originally from McLean, Virginia, is a senior double majoring in History and Classics, with a minor in Civil War Era Studies. Last year, Logan studied abroad with the Advanced Studies in England Program in Bath, England, where she is studied Latin and the history of Britain. Over the summer, she interned with the National Park Service at Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial, where she conducted research on contraband camps in the DC metropolitan area. Logan is also a member of the Civil War Club and Classics Club.
Natalie Sherif is a History major with double minors in Writing and Civil War Era Studies hailing from La Canada Flintridge, California. She is a member of the Gettysburg College Equestrian Team, the Pennsylvania College Guard, and Residence Life where she is a Community Advisor in the Sophomore Area Theme Housing. Natalie serves a student representative to the college's Sesquicentennial Planning Committee, and has completed Brian C. Pohanka Internships at both Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and Stratford Hall (Home of the Lees).
Sarah Johnson is a History major with a minor in Civil War Era Studies. She is a sophomore from Factoryville, Pennsylvania, and came to Gettysburg College specifically to pursue her interest in the Civil War. Last summer she had the opportunity to work as a tour guide at the Daniel Boone Homestead in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania. In addition to serving as a CWI Fellow, she is a student assistant for the Civil War Era Studies Department, a re-enactor with the Pennsylvania College Guard, and is involved with Disciple Makers Christian Fellowship. Check out Sarah's recent pieces uncovering the life of a member of the Union navy, Lewis Horton.
Val Merlina is a senior hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is majoring in History with a double minor in Civil War Era Studies and Peace & Justice Studies. She is currently studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland. Val has participated in various clubs and student groups such as the Wind Symphony and Bullets Marching Band. She is a member of the Civil War Club and the serves as Military Commander of the college reenacting unit (the PCG/26th PEMR). Last summer, Val served as an interpretation intern at Gettysburg National Military Park, and spent the summer of 2013 interning at Manassas National Battlefield Park.