Winthrop's Department of History is home to several faculty members who cover a wide range of fields and who have been honored with numerous awards. The department offers programs of study leading to the B.A. and M.A. The Department of History is located in Bancroft Hall on the Winthrop campus.
Dr. Jason Silverman, the Ellison Capers Palmer Jr. Professor of History, continues his unique research on Abraham Lincoln this year following the release of Lincoln and the Immigrant, being named co-editor of "Abraham Lincoln Abroad," the journal of the International Lincoln Center at Louisiana State University. In addition, The International Lincoln Center has invited Dr. Silverman to deliver the 34th Annual Frank and Virginia Williams Abraham Lincoln Lecture October 20, 2017 in Louisiana as well as serve on the Lincolnator Advisory Board. Dr. Silverman's academic and scholarly achievements continue to be a point of pride for the department and the university; to learn more about Dr. Silverman and to donate to the Silverman Scholarship, please click here.
M.History students Anna Lee and Carson Cope carried out internships in the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections under the guidance of Director Gina White, who is also a History graduate student. Anna and Carson worked to process and curate several collections in the Winthrop Archives, including one on a former Cryptology program at Winthrop during World War II, and another on the papers of Mrs. Betty Buff, an activist who worked to improve the lives of rural women involved in agriculture. You can read about these collections and more about the Archives here.
The History Department is proud to announce Dr. Eddie Lee's election as President of the South Carolina Association of Regional Councils of Governments. Dr. Lee serves as Mayor of York County in addition to his scholarly work and has remained an active figure in local and state politics.
Above, Dr. Eddie Lee (left), and SC Lt. Governor Henry McMaster celebrate Dr. Lee's election at the SC Association of Regional Councils of Governments.
Another new addition to the Louise Pettus Archives are the Dr. Ross A. Webb Papers. A former chair of the History Department as well as Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Webb authored A Torch is Passed, a history of Winthrop commissioned by the Board of Trustees in honor of Winthrop's centennial in 1984. You can read more about Dr. Webb and his collection here.
Please take a moment to watch Dr. Silverman's talk on President Lincoln and Immigration, posted on C-SPAN after his visit to Washington DC.
This spring, Dr. Jason Silverman gave several talks on his book, Lincoln and the Immigrant, stopping at Texas A&M International University as well as Washington D.C., where he served as the speaker for the Lincoln Group of D.C.
Above, Dr. Jason Silverman's talk, "Thieves, Greasers, and Mongrels: The Great Emancipator Encounters the Immigrant" is advertised on a Texas billboard.
The department is proud to recognize the following students for their outstanding academic achievements:
Zach Rardon, winner of the Glen Broach Award
Breana Schoen, winner of the Bert Viault Award
Sara-Kate Hollis, winner of the Ross Webb Award, and
Hunter Crowley and Jordan Reilly, winners of the Fred Hembree Award.
Department Chair Dr. Gregory Crider is serving as co-organizer of the 63rd Annual Conference of the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies in Cartagena, Colombia, being held this year March 9 - 13. SECOLAS is a multidisciplinary scholarly organization whose host institutions include Winthrop, UNC-Charlotte, and Wingate University. More than 250 participants from the US and Latin America are scheduled to attend this meeting! This is a great success and opportunity for the History department and Winthrop!
You can read more about this exciting conference here.
Dr. Jason Silverman served as the keynote speaker for the October 16 United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Ceremony at Lincoln's Cottage in Washington, D.C. The Lincoln Cottage also hosted a book signing and lecture for Dr. Silverman based on his new book, Lincoln and the Immigrant.You can read the glowing press release for this event here. (pdf - 311 KB)
The History Department is excited to announce that Casey Epsich is the inaugural recipient of the Jason Silverman Scholarship! We want to congratulate both Casey and Dr. Silverman for this exciting achievement!
Dr. Jason Silverman's book, Lincoln and the Immigrant,
is now available from Southern Illinois University Press! To celebrate
the release of this anticipated book, Dr. Silverman will be a keynote
speaker for an immigrant nationalization ceremony October 16, 2015 at
the Lincoln Cottage in Washington, DC. In addition, Dr. Silverman has
several other exciting events planned for his book release - please read
more about his accomplishments here.
The History Department is proud to announce that Dr. Eddie Lee received the annual South Carolina Historical Preservation Award, presented by the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, the S.C. Department of Archives and History, and the S.C. Governor's Office Friday, June 5, 2015. Dr. Lee earned this award for his hard work in preserving the York County Courthouse. You can read more about his work here.
Above, Lt. Governor Henry McMaster (left) and Mr. Michael Bedenbaugh, Executive Director of the Palmetto Trust (right) present Dr. Eddie Lee (center) the annual South Carolina Historical Preservation Award.
The History Department is proud to announce that Dr. Eddie Lee, Associate Professor of History, as the new Director of Graduate Studies for the History MA program! Dr. Lee has a long, personal history with Winthrop; his mother received her undergraduate degree from Winthrop and he received his Master's degree from the university, as well. Dr. Lee is locally renowned for his knowledge of Winthrop's history and he subsequently was selected to be the Convocation speaker for Winthrop's 125th academic year. Dr. Lee's immense professional experience, which includes authorship or co-authorship of 15 books, service as a commissioner for the South Carolina Archives, and service on the Review Committee for the National Register of Historic Places, enables him to advise graduate students on the specific steps that they need to take in order to pursue their individual interest among the multitude of career opportunities that are possible with a History graduate degree. Dr. Lee has also served as the mayor of the City of York for the last thirteen years and he also chairs the Catawba Regional Council of Governments. If you are interested in speaking with Dr. Lee about Winthrop University's Graduate Program in History, please contact him via e-mail.
The History Department's Dr. Jason Silverman Scholarship is designated for any current or upcoming history major at Winthrop University and is a wonderful opportunity to honor Dr. Silverman's dedication to Winthrop and its students while also supporting current students in their educational pursuits. Please click here to contribute to this scholarship initiative.
Please check the history department's News and Events page for details about exciting opportunities, including cultural events sponsored by the History Department, and departmental news.
Are you a current student or alumni of the History Department and want to share your achievements? We would love to hear from you! Please send us your news at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!