Committee Members

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Andrew Cayton
Butler County
Cayton is an Ohio native and is a history professor at Miami University.  He is the author of Ohio: The History of a People, published in 2002 and was recently appointed as President of the Society of Early American Historians.  He has earned many honors and distinctions for both his scholarship and his teaching, including a Fulbright position in American Studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Richard Cooper
Hamilton County
Cooper is the Interpretive Services Manager at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Gainor Davis
Cuyahoga County
Davis is the Executive Director of the Western Reserve Historical Society, an organization whose collections include an extensive and unique Civil War-era collection.  She has over 27 years of experience, including leadership roles in history organizations in Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Louisiana.

Leonne M. Hudson
Portage County
Dr. Hudson is an associate professor of history at Kent State University. Hudson has a Ph.D. in history and teaches courses with a focus on African American history. He has authored several articles on the Civil War as well as encyclopedia essays and numerous book reviews.

Paul LaRue
Fayette County
LaRue is a high school social studies teacher at Washington High School in Washington Court House.  He has been honored for his innovative methods of teaching Civil War history by the American Legion (2003 Educator of the Year) and the Civil War Preservation Trust, among others.

Carol Lasser
Lorain County
Dr. Lasser is a professor at Oberlin College and has a Ph.D. in History from Harvard University. She has written widely on women and gender in nineteenth-century America for multiple publications and has served as an evaluator for Teaching American History grants funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Bennie McRae
Montgomery County
McRae is a grassroots historian who has devoted his time to researching, documenting, and lecturing about the African American Military Experience of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries.  A veteran of the United States Air Force and retiree of the Federal Aviation Administration, McRae has garnered national recognition and publication over the years.

Roger Micker
Jefferson County
Micker is a high school social studies teacher at Steubenville High School in Steubenville.  He is President of the Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable, a reenactor, a member of the Ohio Historical Society Teacher Advisory Committee, and a Teaching American History program participant.

Bob Minton
Seneca County
Minton is Colonel of the Army of the Ohio Reenacting Battalion.  He has been involved in efforts to preserve land at Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison site and raised significant funds to conserve two Ohio Civil War battle flags.

Fredric Lynch
Montgomery County
Lynch serves as Senior Vice Commander of the Department of Ohio, Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War and is editor of The Buckeye Bugle, the department’s newsletter.  This patriotic and educational organization seeks to preserve the memory of the Grand Army of the Republic and to care for GAR memorials and identify the location of union veterans’ grave sites. An Ohio native, Fred served 26 years as a U.S. Air Force Officer and served as emergency preparedness program manager in California before returning to Ohio in 2008.

Dave Roth
Franklin County
Roth is the co-founder and publisher of Blue & Gray Magazine, which focuses on Civil War battlefields and provides in-depth information on Civil War sites for its readers.  The Blue & Gray is one of just a few successful Civil War magazines and has surpassed 25 years of operation and the 150 issues.

Kelly Selby
Stark County
Selby is an assistant professor at Walsh University, where she teaches U.S., Civil War, and Women’s history.  She earned her Ph.D. in 2008 from Kent State University with a focus in the history of nineteenth-century war and society.

Rebecca Urban
Summit County
Urban is the Administrator of the Peninsula Foundation.  Using her BA in History from the University of Akron, she brings Civil War exhibits, lectures, music, and other programming to the G.A.R. Hall, one of the Foundation’s historic properties.  Rebecca also has a lifelong love of the Civil War and has traced her family and friends genealogies through many ancestors.

Catherine Wilson
Greene County
Wilson is the Executive Director of the Greene County Historical Society.  She has experience in archives, genealogy, history scholarship, and Civil War reenacting.  She has authored a number of articles on topics of relevance to Civil War history as well.

Eric Wittenberg
Franklin County
Wittenberg is an attorney who has authored more than ten books about the Civil War and also writes a blog, Rantings of a Civil War Historian.  He is a member of the Central Ohio Civil War Roundtable and Vice President of the Buffington Island Battlefield Preservation Foundation.

Liaisons:

Tammy Brown
Ohio Tourism Division
Brown is the public relations manager for the State of Ohio Department of Development’s Ohio Tourism Division. She leads the Division’s efforts to generate media coverage and overall awareness of Ohio as an exciting and vibrant tourism destination in an effort to attract travelers from across the country and beyond.

Janet Ingraham Dwyer
State Library of Ohio
Dwyer serves youth services librarians of Ohio as Library Consultant for the State Library of Ohio. With Janet’s help, the State Library partnered with the Ohio Historical Society to promote the Civil War commemoration to libraries across the state. In addition, she oversees the Choose to Read Ohio program, which includes three Civil War-themed books in 2011 for various ages.

Joshua Mann
Army National Guard/The Adjutant General’s Office
Mann serves as Sergeant First Class and historian for the Army National Guard. Josh continues to work with OHS and on oral history projects and Civil War battle flag conservation efforts on behalf of The Adjutant General’s Office. In addition, he assisted the Committee in organizing a successful Civil War commemoration kickoff event at the Ohio Statehouse in 2011.

Carol Merry
Fahlgren Mortine
Merry is Senior Vice President of the public relations firm, Fahlgren Mortine, and serves as trustee of Columbus Landmarks Foundation and Preservation Ohio. She has a passion for Civil War history and volunteers her time to assist Ohio’s commemoration efforts.

Mark Okey
Carroll County/Legislative Advisor
Okey is the former State Representative for House District 61, which includes Carroll County and parts of Mahoning, Stark, and Tuscarawas Counties.  The McCook House is within his district, and he has a passion for Civil War history, evidenced by his personal collection and research.

Pat Williamsen
Ohio Humanities Council
Williamsen is the Executive Director of the Ohio Humanities Council, and active partner and funder for the humanities in Ohio.  The Council has sponsored the CW150 interpretive framework, traveling exhibit, and Speakers Corps.

Former Committee Members:

James Bissland
Author of Blood, Tears, & Glory: How Ohioans Won the Civil War and associate professor of journalism emeritus of Bowling Green State University.

Tom Brinkman, Jr.
Former Ohio legislator (2001-2008) from Cincinnati.

Robert Davis
Former Commander of the Department of Ohio, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

Susan Fryer
Former Executive Director of the Greater Licking County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Anthony Gibbs
First person interpreter focusing on African Americans in history.

Don Murphy
Former Chief Executive Officer of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Heather A. Reed
Former curator and education coordinator at the Athens County Historical Society and Museum in Athens, Ohio.

Kim A. Robinson
Former President and CEO of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Chuck Reeves
Former Commander of the Department of Ohio, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

John Switzer
Journalist with the Columbus Dispatch.

Diana Thompson
Executive Director of the Miami County Visitors & Convention Bureau.