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APSU to host 18th Annual Ohio Valley History Conference

October 1, 2002

Whether you are a history teacher, history student or just a history buff, Austin Peay State University is the place to be Oct. 24-26.

Although APSU's department of history and philosophy is hosting the 18th Annual Ohio Valley History Conference, other sponsors are Western Kentucky University, Murray State University, Eastern Kentucky University and Tennessee Technological University.

Dr. Howard Winn, professor of history, serves as the conference coordinator. The program chair, Dr. Richard Gildrie, professor of history, estimates about 150 historians attend the annual conference, with both faculty and graduate students on the program.

A registration fee of $40 per person covers Friday night's banquet, a reception at Beachaven Winery, refreshments and conference materials. APSU faculty, staff, students and general public are invited to attend the sessions at no charge. However, there will be a $20 fee to cover the cost of the banquet for attendees who are not registered.

Registration for the conference will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, in the lobby of the Riverview Inn, which is conference headquarters. Transportation will be provided to and from Beachaven Winery for the evening's reception. Registration continues all day Friday, Oct. 25, on the second floor of the Morgan University Center.

The conference banquet is slated for 6:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25, in the Morgan University Center Ballroom with special guest speaker, Will D. Campbell, author of “Brother to a Dragonfly,” “The Glad River,” “Forty Acres and a Goat,” “Cecelia's Sin,” “The Convention,” “Providence” and “The Stem of Jesse.”

Speakers from Arkansas State, Ohio State, University of Kentucky, UT-Knoxville, UT-Martin, University of Mississippi, South Dakota State, University of Illinois, Minnesota State, University of Dayton, Morehead State, University of Pennsylvania, Indiana University, University of North Alabama, Union University and Franciscan University of Steubenville will also be at the conference. Representatives from the Society of Military Historians will present six sessions.

On Friday between 8-9:15 a.m., participants can choose from among the following concurrent sessions: “Florida and the United States, 1815-1836,” “Women and Crime in Early 20th Century America,” “America and ‘Keeping the Peace' in the 20th Century” and “Problems and Mysteries of Ancient History.”

Topics of the 9:30-10:45 a.m. sessions are “Flawed Leadership: Historical Analyses,” “Economic Organization in Industrial America, 1860-1920,” “Pacific War Studies” and “Slavery: Expansion and Interstate Trade in the Early Republic.”

In the 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. session, participants can choose either “Memoir, Narrative and History,” “Integration in the American South, 1950s and 1960s,” “End of World War II and Immediate Postwar Issues” or “View of the 1920s in America.”

Friday afternoon sessions begin at 1:30 p.m. The concurrent sessions at 1:30-2:45 p.m. are “Malcolm Cowley's ‘Exile's Return' and the Clarksville Community,” “Natural Resources and Economic Aspirations in Western Europe,” “War in Afghanistan” and “Evangelicalism and Social Reform in 19th Century America.”

From 3-4:15 p.m., participants have the following topic options: “Gender, Religion and Nation in the French Third Republic,” “The Turbulent 60s in Erie, Pennsylvania,” “Combat Experiences in World Wars I and II” and “Aspects of Liberal Education in Antebellum America.” At the same time, members of Phi Alpha Theta, the APSU history honor society, will present undergraduate research reports.

The conference continues on Saturday, Oct. 26. From 8-9:15 a.m., the session choices are “Stock Characters in American Popular Culture,” “The TVA in Kentucky: History and Impact,” “Confederate Forces in Tennessee, 1864” and “Culture and Human Rights in South Asia.”

Between 9:30-10:45 a.m., participants can choose to attend “Historicity and American Novels (Robert Penn Warren and James Jones),” “The War on Poverty in Appalachia,” “Old War Naval Policy” or “The Political Manipulation of Myth in Central Europe.”

From 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., the concurrent sessions are “The Role of Civil War Memory in the Lives, Images and Careers of Benjamin Mayberry Prentiss, John Bell Hood and Abraham Lincoln,” “Entrepreneurs in 19th Century Kentucky and Tennessee,” “Perspectives on Southern Health from the Civil War Through the Depression” and “Archaeology of Inland American Military Posts.”

From 12:30-4 p.m., the Society for Military History and the Fort Campbell Historical Society invite all interested participants to visit Fort Campbell, tour the Pratt Museum and learn about plans for The Wings of Liberty Museum.

To provide easy access to the military base, transportation will be provided. Lunch will be served during the Wings of Liberty Museum presentation. Per person cost for transportation and lunch is $12.50, which is not covered by other conference fees.

For more information, telephone 7919. Or make inquiries via e-mail to or through APSU's Web site at