Alex Andrioli is a junior History major and Civil War Era Studies minor who is also pursuing certification as a teacher. At Gettysburg College, Alex works as a circulation assistant at Musselman Library and has been involved in a variety of clubs and volunteer opportunities. Alex has twice served as a Brian C. Pohanka Intern, mostly recently at Minute Man National Historical Park in the summer of 2016. This fall, Alex is an intern at the Civil War Trust in Washington, D.C. Read her post on nifty Civil War Era inventions here.
A sophomore History major and Civil War Era Studies and Public History double minor, Ryan Bilger spent this past summer as an interpretative intern at Manassas National Battlefield Park. He is founder and president of the Gettysburg College Quiz Bowl Club and a member of the Civil War Club.
Hannah Christensen is a senior History and Political Science double major with a minor in Civil War Era Studies. She has twice served as a Peer Learning Associate for the Political Science Department. Hannah is also a member of the honor societies Pi Lambda Sigma, Phi Alpha Theta, and Pi Sigma Alpha. Her interests include the local political history of Gettysburg during the Civil War.
A senior History major, Jon is also working toward minors in Public History and Classical Studies, as well as his teacher certification in the field of Social Studies. His interest in the Civil War was kindled during a summer as a Brian C. Pohanka Intern at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park in 2015. He again took part in the Pohanka Program in 2016 as an intern at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Jon is president of the Zeta Sigma Chapter at Sigma Nu Fraternity. Click here to read his post on the monument to the ‘Angel of Marye’s Heights.
A member of the Class of 2018, Annika Jensen is an English major with a concentration in writing, with minors in Civil War Era Studies and Middle East & Islamic Studies. Annika serves on the editorial boards of the Gettysburg College Journal of the Civil War Era, The Mercury, and The Gettysburgian. Annika works at the Musselman Library circulation desk as a student supervisor and recently served as a Brian C. Pohanka Intern at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. She is currently the managing editor of The Gettysburg Compiler, the CWI’s student-run blog. Check out her blog post on sexual assault during the Civil War.
Hailing from Houston, Texas, Danielle Jones is a junior working towards a self-designed major in Violence & Memory in History as well as minors in Public History and Peace & Justice Studies. She works at the Center for Career Development and served as an orientation leader for the Class of 2019. Her other roles on campus include her work as a member of the Honor Commission, as a member of DiscipleMakers Christian Fellowship, as social media chair of Sigma Sigma Sigma, and as club representative of Gettysburg’s College Independents. In the summer of 2016, she worked at the Smithsonian Institution Archives as an institutional history intern.
Savannah is in her second year at Gettysburg College where she is pursuing a double major in History and Religious Studies. She has volunteered at El Centro, an after-school program where she helped students with their homework. Savannah is also involved with Civil War Club and Habitat for Humanity.
Matt LaRoche is a senior History major and with a triple minor in Civil War Era Studies, Writing, and Peace & Justice Studies. Matt is a three-time veteran of the Brian C. Pohanka Internship Program. He interned at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in 2014, at Gettysburg National Military Park in 2015, and at Gettysburg College’s Special Collections and College Archives in 2016. Matt has also worked as a research assistant in the Civil War Era Studies office and has a passion for music and theatre. Check out Matt’s post on suffering and mourning during the Civil War and in modern times.
A junior History and Political Science major with minors in Public History and Civil War Era Studies, Jeffrey Lauck has a deep love of history and politics. Jeffrey is a member of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, co-editor-in-chief of the Gettysburg College Journal of the Civil War Era, and associate editor of the Gettysburg Historical Journal. In addition to his work for the Civil War Institute, Jeffrey is also involved with the Eisenhower Institute and Democracy Matters and works as a research assistant for the Political Science Department. In the summer of 2016, he worked as a Brian C. Pohanka Intern at Richmond National Battlefield Park. Read his recent post on the destiny of slavery in the nineteenth century.
Originally from Connecticut, Olivia Ortman is a History major with a double minor in Public History and Civil War Era Studies. She has a passion for researching and writing, and aims to humanize the past through her work. Her favorite period to study is the American Revolution. Olivia is an active member of Civil War Club.
A senior History major and Civil War Era Studies and Public History double minor from New Hampshire, Savannah Rose is president of Phi Alpha Theta and president of the college’s reenacting unit, the Pennsylvania College Guard. Savannah has volunteered with the Gettysburg Foundation and participated in the College of William & Mary’s prestigious National Institute of American History & Democracy Summer Program. Most recently, she worked as a Brian C. Pohanka Intern at Gettysburg National Military Park. Check out Savannah’s post on Confederate war etchings here.
Kaylyn Sawyer is a senior History major and Civil War Era Studies/Public History double minor from Virginia. At Gettysburg, she is treasurer of the college’s reenacting unit, the Pennsylvania College Guard, and is a member of both the DiscipleMakers Christian Fellowship and Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity. Kaylyn has held several internships at historical sites and museums including New Market Battlefield, the U.S. Army Transportation Museum at Fort Eustis, and Fort Monroe’s Casemate Museum. This summer, she worked as a Brian C. Pohanka Intern at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. Read her post about Virginia Military Institute during Reconstruction by clicking here.
Jennifer Simone is a junior History major who is pursuing certification to teach. She hopes to eventually teach history at the high school level. Jennifer is a veteran of the Brian C. Pohanka Internship Program, having spent the summer of 2015 at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. At Gettysburg College, she is involved in the Pennsylvania College Guard and DiscipleMakers Christian Fellowship. Jennifer first encountered the CWI at our 2014 Summer Conference when she was an incoming first-year student. Read about her experience asking visitors why they came to visit the Gettysburg Battlefield here.
Jonathan is a sophomore History major with minors in Civil War Era Studies and Public History. Originally from New Jersey, Jonathan is treasurer of Civil War Club and a member of the Pennsylvania College Guard reenacting unit. In addition, Jonathan is a member of the Gettysburg College Marching Band. He recently spent summer 2016 as a Brian C. Pohanka Intern at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. Read about his experiences at Appomattox here.
A sophomore History major and Civil War Era Studies minor from eastern Pennsylvania, Laurel has worked for both the Theatre Department and the Civil War Era Studies Department while a student at Gettysburg. She is a member of the Pennsylvania College Guard—Gettysburg College’s reenacting unit—as well as Civil War Club.