The Civil 
War Institute

300 North Washington Street
Campus box 435
Gettysburg, PA 17325
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2015-2016 CWI Fellows

Matt LaRoche
Matt LaRoche '17

Matt LaRoche is junior History major and Civil War Era Studies/Writing minor from Baltimore, Maryland. Matt is active in theatre and music and a two-time veteran of the Brian C. Pohanka Internship Program. Matt interned at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in 2014, following that experience up with a summer at Gettysburg National Military Park in 2015, and has also worked as a Research Assistant in the Civil War Era Studies Office. Check out Matt’s  most recent post on battlefield preservation here.

Kevin Lavery
Kevin Lavery '16

Kevin Lavery, of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, is a History major, Peace & Justice Studies Minor and member of the Class of 2016. In addition to his duties as a Civil War Institute Fellow, he has served as a Peer Learning Associate for an interdisciplinary First-Year Seminar about World War I, “The Pity of War.” He is also President of the TEDxGettysburgCollege Planning Committee and an editorial board member of both the Gettysburg College Historical Journal and the Gettysburg College Journal of the Civil War Era. Kevin enjoys hiking, kayaking, and other outdoor activities, and is the student editor of The Gettysburg Complier for 2015-16. Read Kevin’s recent satirical piece on battlefield preservation here.

Megan McNish
Megan McNish '16

Megan McNish is a senior history major with a minor in Civil War Era Studies, and a two-time veteran of the Brian C. Pohanka Internship Program. Megan spent Summer 2013 interning at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, following that experience up with a summer at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park in 2014. Her experiences as a Pohanka intern culminated in her return to Fredericksburg as a seasonal ranger during the summer of 2015. A member of Phi Alpha Theta and the college’s Equestrian Team, Megan has served as secretary of the Civil War Club and president of the college’s re-enacting unit, the Pennsylvania College Guard/26th PEMR. See the most recent episode of Megan’s video series “Special Collections Roadshow” here.

Ryan Nadeau
Ryan Nadeau '16

Ryan Nadeau is a double major in History & Political Science who hails from Topsham, Maine. Ryan’s intellectual interests center on 19th-century history, international affairs, diplomacy, and material culture. Having grown up in a series of small towns in southern Maine which pride themselves on their pasts, he has been conscious of history from an early age. Ryan is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, serves as an associate editor for the Gettysburg College Historical Journal, and has worked with TEDxGettysburgCollege. Check out Ryan’s Compiler piece on James Buchanan and the coming of the Civil War here.

Megan Sutter
Meg Sutter '16

A member of the Class of 2016, Meg Sutter is pursuing a double major in History & Music. She has served as founding House Leader of the Fiction Theme House and is a member of the college’s re-enacting unit, the Pennsylvania College Guard/26th PEMR. She is also a member of the Gettysburg College Symphony Orchestra, the Gettysburg College Choir, and the Gettysburg College Wind Symphony. In 2014, Meg participated in the Wind Symphony Tour to China and Singapore. She has been a Brian C. Pohanka Intern at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park (2014), a Kolbe Fellow, and a student mentor for the Richard Bartol Youth Quest program. Check out Meg’s blog series on the history of Pennsylvania College here.

Cassie Wells
Cassie Wells '16

Cassie Wells is a senior History & Religious Studies double major, with a minor in Civil War Era Studies. She has served as a Student Assistant in the Civil War Era Studies Program and worked as a camp counselor at Bear Creek Camp. At Gettysburg, Cassie has served as an AmericaReads tutor and volunteered at El Centro; she is also active in the Women’s Choir, the Dance Ensemble and DiscipleMakers Christian Fellowship. She received a Mellon Summer Fellowship in 2014 to support her research on religion and massive resistance, mentored by Prof. Jill Ogline Titus, and spent much of her fellowship time during 2014-15 transcribing the Civil War letters of North Carolina soldier John Futch.

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