Matt LaRoche is sophomore History major and Civil War Era Studies minor from Baltimore, Maryland. Matt is active in theatre and music and served as a Brian C. Pohanka Intern at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in Summer 2014. Check out Matt’s Gettysburg Compiler reflection on the strengths and limitations of living history here.
Megan McNish is a junior 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. A member of Phi Alpha Theta and the college’s Equestrian Team, Megan has served as secretary of the Civil War Club, and is currently president of the college’s re-enacting unit, the Pennsylvania College Guard/26th PEMR. See Megan’s Gettysburg Compiler post about linking personal connections and family history to broader historical narratives.
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 has worked for the Midcoast Youth Theater and the Pejepscot Historical Society.
A senior double major in History & Political Science, Jacob Ross is particularly interested in governments, constitutional questions, and the political context of history. During his time at Gettysburg, Jacob has been a Brian C. Pohanka Intern at Appomattox Court House (2014), served as a Peer Learning Assistant in the Political Science Department and interned at PA Congressman Lou Barletta’s Washington office. Jacob is also a member of the Gettysburg College Choir and serves in a leadership role in DiscipleMakers Christian Fellowship. Check out Jacob’s reflection on public perceptions of history here.
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) and is particularly interested in the history of Civil War prisons. Check out Meg’s blog post on conditions in Elmira Prison here.
Cassie Wells is a junior 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.
Brianna Kirk is an American Studies major with minors in Civil War Era Studies and Education. She is a senior 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, Symphony Band, and Clarinet Ensemble. Brianna is also involved with DiscipleMakers Christian Fellowship, and is a student assistant for the Civil War Era Studies Department. Brianna received a Mellon Summer Fellowship in 2014 to support her research on postwar attitudes toward trying Jefferson Davis for treason, mentored by Prof. Brian Jordan. Check out Brianna's recent blog post about common soldiers and masculinity narratives.
Bryan Caswell is a senior at Gettysburg College, majoring in History with minors in Civil War Era Studies and Classics. He originally hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, though his family now lives in Wilton, Connecticut. Bryan has served as president of the college’s Civil War Club and as a house leader for the Civil War Theme House Residence, and is a member of the editorial board of the Gettysburg College Journal of the Civil War Era. Bryan is a two-time Brian C. Pohanka Intern, working in positions at Musselman Library (Special Collections & College Archives) and Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. Read Bryan's recent piece, “O’er Silent Fields” on The Gettysburg Compiler.
Emma Murphy is a senior History major with a minor in Civil War Era Studies. Emma is a three-time Brian C. Pohanka Intern, having completed two summers at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park and one summer at Richmond National Battlefield Park. Emma served as a student worker during CWI’s 2013 Future of Civil War History conference, is a member of the Civil War Club, and studied abroad in Bath, England in Spring 2014. Check out Emma’s reflection on her second summer at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park here.
Heather Clancy hails most recently from the sunny California town of Coronado. A senior at Gettysburg College, she majors in History with minors in Civil War Era Studies and German Studies, and spent the spring semester of her junior year studying in Heidelberg, Germany. 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. Heather will serve as student editor of The Gettysburg Complier for 2014-15. 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 Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, is a History major 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 treasurer of the Civil War Club and an editorial board member of both the Gettysburg College Historical Journal and the Gettysburg College Journal of the Civil War Era. 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.
Sarah Johnson is a History major with a minor in Civil War Era Studies. She is a senior from Factoryville, Pennsylvania, and came to Gettysburg College specifically to pursue her interest in the Civil War. Sarah received a Mellon Summer Fellowship in 2014 to support her research on Gettysburg as a World War I homefront community, mentored by Prof. Ian Isherwood. In Summer 2013, she worked as a tour guide at the Daniel Boone Homestead in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania. In addition to serving as a CWI Fellow, Sarah is a student assistant for the Civil War Era Studies Department, a re-enactor with the Pennsylvania College Guard, and is involved with DiscipleMakers Christian Fellowship. Check out Sarah’s recent blog post on Ambrose Bierce as a jaded romantic.