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Department of History

Bancroft- angledWinthrop'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. 

Department Highlights

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)


Above, Dr. Jason Silverman gives the keynote address at a USCIS Naturalization Ceremony. This address was broadcast over two local D.C. television stations, as well as CSPAN.
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Above, Dr. Jason Silverman gives one of two sold out book talks at the Lincoln Cottage in Washington, D.C.
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Above, Dr. Gregory Crider, Chair of the Department of History, Dr. Jason Silverman, Ellison Capers Palmer, Jr., Professor of History and Mrs. Susan Silverman, Director of Library Assessment celebrate Dr. Silverman's work at the Lincoln Cottage

 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.

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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 was proud to honor the following students for their superb academic achievements at our annual Department Award Ceremony April 16, 2015:

  • Brierly Harris, recipient of the Ross Webb Award
  • Casey Espich, recipient of the Bert Viault Award
  • Cody Knight, recipient of the Glen Broach Award
  • Joy Rudd, recipient of the Fred Hembree Award.
Please take a moment to read over our updated Prospectus Guidelines for History M.A. students (pdf - 21 kb).

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 Thank you!