Barton Presents the BB&T Heritage Lecture in American History on Oct. 19

Wilson, N.C. – Barton College is pleased to welcome renowned historian Dr. Sally G. McMillen, Mary Reynolds Babcock Professor of History at Davidson College, as the featured speaker for the upcoming BB&T Heritage Lecture in American History scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 19.  Dr. McMillen’s lecture will focus on “Seneca Falls and the Nineteenth Century Women’s Rights Movement.” Scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center, this program is open to the public free of charge, and the community is invited to attend.  This lectureship is endowed by BB&T, and the evening’s sponsors include the Department of History and Social Sciences at Barton College and the Wilson County Historical Association in cooperation with the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturers Series.

Dr. McMillen specializes in Southern and women’s history, with an emphasis on the nineteenth century. Among her many publications are “Motherhood in the Old South: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Infant Rearing” (Louisiana State University Press, 1990),  “Southern Women: Black and White in the Old South” (Harlan Davidson, 1992), “To Raise Up the South: Sunday Schools in Black and White Churches, 1865-1915” (Louisiana State University Press, 2001); and “Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women’s Rights Movement” (Oxford University Press, 2008).

She was recognized in May 2000 with the Hunter-Hamilton Excellence in Teaching Award, she was the inaugural recipient of the Boswell Family Fellowship at Davidson College for the 2006-2007 academic year.

Dr. McMillen’s education background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College, followed by a Master of Library Science degree from the Pratt Institute and a Master of Arts degree in History from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  She completed her Ph.D. in History at Duke University.

She has served on the faculty of Davidson College since 1988 and was named the Mary Reynolds Babcock Professor of History in 2003.  Teaching appointments prior to Davidson include posts at Middle Tennessee State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

For additional information about the program, please contact Dr. Jeff Broadwater, Department of History and Social Sciences, at 252-399-6443 or email:


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