• Returning Over There:
    The U.S. and World War I
    October 13 - 14, 2017

Friday, October 13

BB&T Heritage Lecture in American History, Symposium Dinner, and Theatre presentation at the Kennedy Family Theatre

  • 5:30 p.m. - Reception for BB&T Heritage Lecture in American History
  • 6:00 p.m. - BB&T Heritage Lecture in American History
    The BB&T Heritage Lecture is free and open to the public.
    Featured Speaker: Dr. Mitchell Yockelson
    Archivist with the National Archives and Records Administration
  • 6:30 p.m. - Symposium Dinner, Bridgestone Americas Atrium, Kennedy Family Theatre
  • 7:30 p.m. - Special Presentation of J.M. Barrie's Echoes of the War by Theatre at Barton

Saturday, October 14

Symposium Sessions, Hardy Alumni Hall

  • 8:30 a.m. - Session I:
    • North Carolina Doughboys, led by Jackson Marshall
  • 9:00 a.m. - Session II:
    • The Battle of Cantigny, led by Matthew J. Davenport
    • The German Perspective, led by Dr. Mark Spaulding
    • The War at Sea, led by Dr. Sal Mercogliano
  • 10:00 a.m. - BREAK
  • 10:30 a.m. - Session III:
    • Notable Tar Heels in the World War, led by Lieutenant Colonel Sion H. Harrington III
    • The North Carolina National Guard, led by Sergeant Gary Spencer
    • The Influenza Epidemic of 1918, led by Dan Shingleton

Reserve your spot at the Symposium.

Registration Deadline: Monday, October 2.


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Symposium Weekend registration cost is $10 per person.
Symposium Dinner/Theatre event is $20 per person.
The BB&T Heritage Lecture in American History is open to the public at no charge.

BB&T Heritage Lecture Speaker

Photo of Dr. Mitchell Yockelson

Dr. Mitchell Yockelson

In addition to serving as an archivist with the National Archives and Records Administration, Dr. Mitchell Yockelson teaches graduate courses in military history at Norwich University. He has also taught at the U.S. Naval Academy. Considered one the nation’s leading experts on the First World War, he has written four books of military history, including most recently “Forty-Seven Days: How Pershing’s Warriors Came of Age to Defeat the German Army in World War I” (2016). He is an advisor to the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission, and he has appeared on the History Channel, PBS, and “Sixty Minutes.”


Symposium Speakers

R. Jackson Marshall III

R. Jackson Marshall III is a native North Carolinian and the grandson of a World War I veteran. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Arts degree from Wake Forest University. Marshall has been employed with the North Carolina Museum of History for 30 years, and he currently serves as the museum’s deputy director. A published historian on North Carolina’s role in World War I, Marshall's book, “Memories of World War I,” is based on his interviews with WWI veterans in the 1980s. He has taken numerous trips to France and Belgium to study WWI battlefields. Marshall also served as the museum’s curator and project manager of North Carolina in World War I, a 6,500-square foot exhibition that commemorates the centennial of the war. Marshall will discuss North Carolina in the Great War.


Matthew J. Davenport

Matthew J. Davenport practices law in Greenville and teaches at East Carolina University. He is the author of the highly acclaimed and best-selling book, “First Over There: The Attack on Cantigny, America’s First Battle of World War I” (2015). His book was the finalist for the Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History. Davenport was awarded the 2017 Daughters of the American Revolution Medal of Honor. He has led tours of the battlefields of the Western Front through France and Belgium, and he has written on World War I for the “Wall Street Journal” and the “American Legion Magazine.” Davenport will discuss the Battle of Cantigny.


Dr. Mark Spaulding

Dr. Mark Spaulding holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rochester and a Ph.D. from Harvard. He is a professor of history at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington where he teaches courses on World War II and the history of modern Germany. Dr. Spaulding has written extensively on German trade and economic policies. He will discuss World War I from the German perspective.


Dr. Sal Mercogliano

Dr. Sal Mercogliano is a graduate of the State University of New York Maritime College and holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Alabama. He currently is an assistant professor of history at Campbell University, where he received the Dean Award for Teaching in 2014-2015. He has published more than two dozen articles and essays, and he has delivered numerous presentations, mainly on naval and maritime history. Dr. Mercogliano received the Merchant Marine Medal for his service in Operation Desert Shield/Storm. He will discuss the First World War at sea.


Lieutenant Colonel Sion H. Harrington III

Lieutenant Colonel Sion H. Harrington III, United States Army (Retired), is a native of Erwin and a 1971 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Following graduation, he served as a high school history teacher and coach for eight years. Colonel Harrington’s military career spanned nearly four decades, from 1970 to 2009, and included service as an enlisted man and commissioned officer. He served in the North Carolina National Guard, on active duty in the United States Army, and in the United States Army Reserve. Highlights of his career include duty with the 82nd Airborne Division; XVIII Airborne Corps; 1st Special Operations Command (Airborne); the United States Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command, as well as deployments to Grenada and Bosnia. He dedicated his final working years to the collection and preservation of North Carolina military history, retiring in 2011 as the Military Collection Archivist for the State Archives of North Carolina. Colonel Harrington will discuss "Notable Tar Heels in the World War."


Sergeant Gary Spencer

Sergeant Gary Spencer is a graduate of The Citadel, Class of 1996. He began his career as general manager for Borders Books. Once that company closed its doors, Spencer fulfilled his dream and joined the North Carolina Army National Guard, and currently serves as a Tank Commander of an M1A1 Abrams tank in Delta Company, 1st of the 120th Combined Arms Battalion, 30th Brigade Combat Team. He also serves full time as the Curator and Historian for the North Carolina National Guard Museum. A lifelong collector of U.S. militaria, Sergeant Spencer is an ardent student of military history. Growing up with his grandparents, he was surrounded by history, from a portrait of his ancestor that signed the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and artifacts from his Confederate lineage to captured rifles, swords, and flags from his grandfather’s service as a Marine in WWII. Spencer’s primary personal collecting interests include awards, decorations, and orders of the world. He makes his home in Raleigh with his wife, Kirsten, and their two children, Vivian and Jackson. Sergeant Spencer will discuss the North Carolina National Guard’s role in WWI.


Dan Shingleton

Dan Shingleton earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and Philosophy from Barton College (then Atlantic Christian College) and a Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. His interest in the history of medicine developed during his years of service s consultant and administrator for the North Carolina Division of Public Health. This led to numerous presentations about public health history in classrooms, health departments, and conferences. In 2016, he delivered the Wood Lecture at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Public Health Association. He is a founding member of the Friends of Laupus Health Sciences Library and an active member of The Medical History Interest Group at East Carolina University. He is a former member of the Barton College faculty (then Atlantic Christian College) and has also taught at East Carolina University. He will discuss the Influenza Epidemic of 1918.


About the Event

The BB&T Heritage Lecture in American History at Barton College is endowed by BB&T, and is sponsored by the School of Humanities and the Wilson County Historical Association.

Hosted by Barton College, the North Carolina "Returning Over There: The U.S. and World War I" Symposium is sponsored by the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and supported in part by the Wilson County Tourism Authority.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Jeff Broadwater, professor of history at Barton College, at 252-399-6443 or email ojbroadwater@barton.edu.