Dr. Arnold-Lourie, CSM Professor, Shares Shares Seldom-Told Civil War Experience at Heritage Commission Lecture Nov. 3
LA PLATA, Md. - A seldom-told narrative of post-Civil War Charles County history will be provided during the Charles County Heritage Commission Lecture Series, "Farming Don't Half Pay: War and Reconstruction in Charles County." Presented by College of Southern Maryland Professor Christine Arnold-Lourie, the lecture will begin at 7 p.m., Nov. 3 at CSM's La Plata Campus, Library Resources Building, Room 102, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata.
Drawn from her doctoral dissertation, the lecture will provide a fascinating description of the effects of the Civil War on Charles County, said Ron Brown, chair of the heritage commission and professor of arts and humanities at CSM. Discussions will include the subsequent economic and social changes of the war and the ways in which the people of Charles County experienced those tremendous changes.
Arnold-Lourie has been a full-time faculty member at CSM for 15 years. She has a bachelor's in history and her M.Phil. in American Studies from George Washington University. She earned her doctorate in American Studies from the University of Maryland, at which time she completed a dissertation on local history, titled "A Punishment for My Pride: The Hamiltons of Port Tobacco, Maryland, 1860-1900."
The heritage commission lecture series was established in honor of Katherine C. Newcomb, an educator and historian who was well-known for her contributions to Charles County.
The Maryland Legislature established the Commission in 1982, bringing together several local historical organizations including the African-American Heritage Society, the Historical Society of Charles County, the Maryland Indian Heritage Society, the Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco, the Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Society and CSM. In addition to hosting lectures, the commission primarily provides grants to aid people and organizations conducting historical research. The results of these grants may be placed in the collection of the Southern Maryland Studies Center at CSM to preserve the material and make it available to the public.
The lecture is free. For information about the lecture series or the heritage commission, call 301-934-7818 or 301-870-2309, Ext. 7818 for Charles County; 240-725-5499, Ext. 7818 for St. Mary's County; and 443-550-6199, Ext. 7818 for Calvert County.