Jeff CrowWilson, N.C. – Barton College welcomes Dr. Jeffrey J. Crow, Deputy Secretary of Archives and History, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, on Tuesday, April 22, as the featured speaker for the 2008 Heritage Lecture in North Carolina History. “Thomas Settle, Jr., Reconstruction, and the Memory of the Civil War” will be the topic of his lecture to be held in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center. Sponsored by the Barton College Heritage Committee and the Wilson County Historical Association, this event will begin at 7 p.m. and is open to the public free of charge. The community is invited to attend.

“Settle was one of the founding members of the Republican Party in North Carolina and is remembered primarily for his spirited campaign against Zebulon B. Vance in the 1876 gubernatorial election,” said Crow. “By the parlance of the times, Settle was a scalawag-a white southerner who joined the Republican Party. But his procession from son of a prominent Whig jurist to secessionist, to Douglas Democrat, to Republican showed that there were many roads to Reconstruction. The bitter experience of the Civil War defined postwar political alignments in surprising ways.” Vance, Settle’s rival, was one of North Carolina’s most durable and popular politicians, serving as governor during the Civil War and returning to the office near the end of Reconstruction.

A distinguished historian, Crow has served as N.C.’s Deputy Secretary of Archives and History since 2001. Prior to that appointment, he served as Director of the Division of Archives and History in the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, for six years. Other appointments have included, but are not limited to, roles as North Carolina State Historic Preservation Officer, North Carolina State Records Coordinator, Chair of the Kellenberger Historical Foundation, adjunct professor of history at North Carolina State University, instructor at Meredith College, and historian for the North Carolina Bicentennial Committee in the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

His academic degrees include a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio State University, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Akron and a Ph.D. from Duke University. Academic honors include Phi Alpha Theta at Ohio State and Phi Beta Kappa at Duke. Crow also has received the AASLH Fellowship, Seminar of Historical Editing, at Vanderbilt University, and the NDEA Title IV Fellowship at Duke.

His professional activities have been extensive over the years and have included such roles as chair of the nominating committee for the Southern Historical Association and president of the Historical Society of North Carolina, as well as serving on the Editorial Board for the “North Carolina Literary Review,” the Executive Council for the Southern Historical Association, committees for the C. Vann Woodard Dissertation Award through the Southern Historical Association in 2006 and for the Richard W. Leopold Prize through the Organization of American Historians from 2006-2008.

Crow currently serves as secretary-treasurer of the Raleigh History Club and is a member of the Southern Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association, the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, and the Historical Society of North Carolina.

His awards have included the Daughters of Colonial Wars Award for best article published in the “William and Mary Quarterly,” Herbert C. Bradshaw Awards (three times) for best articles on the American Revolution, sponsored by the North Carolina Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, the William R. Davie Award, twice, for best books on the American Revolution, again sponsored by the North Carolina Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, Outstanding Book on the subject of human rights, sponsored by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights, and the State Manager of the Year Award from the State Government Chapter of the National Management Association.

Crow’s publications also are extensive, including numerous books, booklets, periodicals, articles, essays and book reviews.

For additional information about this event, contact Dr. Jeff Broadwater, Department of History and Social Sciences, at 252-399-6443 or email: ojbroadwater@barton.edu.

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