History News & Events

Jamie Martinez

For the past four years, Dr. Jaime Martinez has been the History Department's creative inspiration behind the "Songs and Stories" concerts. This year marks the fifth installment in the series. UNC Pembroke will present "Songs and Stories: From Civil War to Civil Rights" on Tuesday, February 27. The concert, a joint production of the Departments of Music and History, will take place at 7:30 pm in the Givens Performing Arts Center on the UNCP campus, and is free and open to the public. The program will feature the UNCP Jazz Combo I, conducted by Dr. Aaron Vandermeer, the University Chorale, conducted by Dr. José Rivera and accompanied by Akemi Williams, and a Brass Quintet led by Dr. Joanna Hersey, as well as individual musical performances and readings by students and faculty members. A slideshow of period photographs, interspersed with audio and video clips, will accompany the concert.


All of the "Songs and Stories" concerts bring together lots of different voices and types of performance, with costumes and images to help audience members immerse themselves in the period. This year, we’re highlighting two different periods, with a special focus on 1868 and 1968. The Civil War half of the program will conclude with the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment, which redefined citizenship in this country. The Civil Rights half of the program, meanwhile, considers many of the actions taken 1968 by people and organizations fighting for full and equal citizenship. For more information about the concert, or to plan accommodations for guests with special needs, please contact Dr. Jaime Martinez in the Department of History, at (910) 775-4031 or jaime.martinez@uncp.edu.

Student Affairs 2017 Partner of Distinction Award Recipient

Partner of Distinction Award June2017

The History Department received the great honor of being awarded The Partner of Distinction Award on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017.  This award serves to recognize an individual or group outside the division of Student Affairs who has made outstanding and/or sustained contributions to a program, department, or the mission and vision of our division.  In the words of our friends in SA:

"This department has been an unequivocal partner to the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership for over seven years.  Beginning as the first department to offer classes in cohort for the leadership living learning community, this department is additionally a regular collaborator for trips, leadership films and conferences.  The faculty regularly provides feedback about the leadership process and helps support student success by sharing individual student insights with us so we can best serve as a student success safety net for our students.  Additionally, the faculty have learned OSIL’s approach to leadership and infuse leadership concepts with their interactions and discussions."

The department is proud to serve students alongside our campus partners, and we look forward to future opportunities for collaboration and partnership.

Spring 2017 PURC Symposium

This year's PURC Symposium is will be on Wednesday, April 12, and features undergraduate research in the form of posters. Like most years, the symposium includes the works of students in the Department of History.

  • Abby Rosen is presenting a project on "'The Little House Series': Laura Ingalls Wilder and a Nostalgic Portrayal of Childhood During the Great Depression." It was completed in Dr. Anderson's "Growing Up American" course last fall.

  • Jared Kaiser, Laura Spillman, Alta Davis, Mark Czechowski, and and Zach Freeman are presenting "Utilizing Literacy and Skill-Focused Teaching Methods," an extracurricular SSE-focused project done under Dr. Serina Cinnamon's supervision.

The poster session runs in the UC Annex between 9:45 and 11:30. Please drop by to see the work of our majors. Also a word of thanks to Dr. Ryan Anderson, who is the Director of PURC and the organizer of this event.

Civil Rights Movement Songs and Stories

Jamie Martinez

Thanks to Dr. Jaime Martinez, the Departments of Music and History are once again collaborating to present a program of music, readings, and images organized around an historic theme. This year’s installment, Civil Rights Movement Songs & Stories, will focus on the Civil Rights era of the 1960s and feature performances by Jazz Combo #1, the University Chorale, and students, faculty, and staff from across campus. Watch for special guests from Pembroke Elementary School and cameo appearances by Jeff Frederick (Dean, College of Arts & Sciences) and Scott Billingsley (Interim Provost).

The concert takes place on Tuesday, February 28, at 7 pm in GPAC. Admission is free and open to the public, so invite lots of friends to join us!

This program is cosponsored by the Departments of History and Music, with additional support from the Departments of Mass Communication, English, Theatre, and Foreign Languages, and Art, the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, the Mary A. Livermore Library, the Accessibility Resource Center, and the Givens Performing Arts Center. For more information, or if you need to arrange accessibility accommodations, please call or email Dr. Jaime Martinez, Department of History (910-775-4031; jaime.martinez@uncp.edu).

Past productions:

Film Night

Dr. Ryan Anderson continues hosting Film Night for the History Department.  The movies included in the Spring 2017 semester are as follows.

  • March 16 at 6:00 PM — High Noon (1952) — Dial 225 (doors open at 5:30 PM)

Dr. Weston F. Cook will moderate a viewing of the Gary Cooper western, High Noon, which also stars Grace Kelly. As its theatrical poster proclaims, this is “the story of a man too proud to run!” Retired lawman Will Kane is sought out by Frank Miller, a criminal he caught years before. Miller is returning on the noon train and Kane must run or, as it turns out, take a stand on his own. Released at the height of the Second Red Scare, this taut drama was both praised and scorned by critics at home and abroad because it spurned classic Western tropes such as epic chases, constant fights and shootouts, and a virtuous and strong-willed protagonist. 

Is Kane a new leader for a new day in America? Or a sign of leadership’s decline in the face of a rising Soviet menace? Come decide for yourself.

  • April 4 at 6:00 PM — Milk (2008) — Dial 225 (doors open at 5:30 PM)

Milk is the story of America's first openly elected official.  Starring Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, and Josh Brolin, the biopic recounts the life and political career of Harvey Milk — a man who worked to create fairer society and has since inspired succeeding generations of human rights activism. Milk proved timely, as it was released two weeks before the 2008 California voter referendum on gay marriage was voted upon. Now, more than ever, his story is an inspiration in the polarized cultural politics of contemporary America.

ryan anderson

Our featured speaker is Dr. Ryan Anderson, an Associate Professor of History who teaches and publishes on American cultural history. He is the author of Frank Merriwell and the Fiction of All-American Boyhood: The Progressive Era Creation of the Schoolboy Sports Story (Little Rock: University of Arkansas Press, 2015).

New Chair of the History Department


With Dr. Jeff Frederick's appointment as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Bruce DeHart has agreed to serve as Chair of the History Department, effective June 1. Dr. DeHart earned his PhD in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has been with the UNCP History Department since 1989. He teaches a wide variety of courses, including the history of Imperial Russia, the Soviet Union, the Second World War, and the Holocaust. Our thanks to Dr. DeHart for stepping into the breach.

New Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences


Dr. Jeff Frederick, currently the chair of the History Department, has been busy this spring. The university recognized his talents by appointing him the new Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UNCP, effective the first of June. In April, he was honored with two awards. The UNCP faculty bestowed on him one of the 2016 Outstanding Teaching Awards, the second one that he has received.  In addition, at the third annual Golden Braves Awards ceremony, Director of Athletics Dick Christy presented Dr. Frederick with the inaugural "Changing Lives through Education" Award.


Earlier in the spring, Dr. Frederick presented a paper at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Association of Historians, and in April he served as a panel member at the Faculty Round Table during the Chancellor's Installation Week. The theme of the panel was "UNCP at 150: The University and Higher Education in 2037."

Spring Roundup

As the Spring 2016 semester approaches its conclusion, the UNCP History Department hosted its annual reception for its majors and minors, announcing the recipients of its awards and scholarships, recent and upcoming graduates, and Phi Alpha Theta initiates. Congratulations to all for a successful academic year.


In addition to our student achievements, Dr. Jeff Frederick announced the impending departure of one faculty member and impending arrival of a new one. Dr. Rose Stremlau, who is a historian of the Native Americans of the Southeastern United States, has accepted a position with Davidson University to begin in the Fall 2016 semester. Dr. Stremlau has been a popular teacher, a devoted colleague, and a wonderful friend to the UNCP History Department. Her contributions to the quality of education our majors receive will be sorely missed, but we wish her the very best as she takes on her new professional challenges.

Faculty Showcase

The UNCP Friends of the Library announce a faculty showcase to highlight the recent publications by two History Department faculty. At 3:30 PM on Tuesday, February 23, Ryan Anderson will discuss Frank Merriwell and the Fiction of All-American Boyhood: The Progressive Era Creation of the Schoolboy Sports Story, published by University of Arkansas Press, and Charles Beem will comment on a book — The Man behind the Queen: Male Consorts in History — that he both edited and contributed to.


Film Night

The UNCP History Department continues its Film Night series, hosted and arranged by Dr. Ryan Anderson. Come watch, learn, and discuss related issues with guest speakers from the UNCP faculty.

  • October 28, Saturday Night Fever (1977), Speaker: Dr. Scott Billingsley
  • November 16, From Here to Eternity (1953), Speakers: Drs. Charles Beem and Rose Stremlau
  • February 22, Selma (2014), Speaker: Dr. Jeff Frederick

Films are shown in Dial 225 at 6pm. Doors open at 5:30pm. Comments and discussion follow presentation of the film.


Departmental Changes

Students returning for the fall 2015 semester will notice some changes for the History Department. Robert Brown, after two decades of distinguished service as the Department's Chair, returns full time to teaching. Jeff Frederick was chosen to succeed him as the History Chair. In addition, Scott Billingsley has accepted an administrative post. Zoe Locklear (School of Education), the Interim Provost for UNC Pembroke, selected Dr. Billingsley to serve as Associate Provost. Congratulations to Drs. Frederick and Billingsley for these important appointments. While we will see them in fewer classes, we'll enjoy the benefits of their administrative leadership.

Students will see a new face among the History faculty. Dr. Serina Cinnamon was hired as coordinator of the Social Studies Education program. A recently graduated PhD from Southern Illinois University, Dr. Cinnamon earned her degree in Curriculum Instruction and has specialties in Social Science Education and Curriculum Theory & Foundations. She is an active scholar and has experience teaching in both secondary and higher education. We are fortunate to have her join the History Department and hope you will extend a warm welcome to her.



New Book for Ryan Anderson


The University of Arkansas Press recently published Ryan Anderson's Frank Merriwell and the Fiction of All-American Boyhood: The Progressive Era Creation of the Schoolboy Sports Story. Dr. Anderson is an Associate Professor of History, Coordinator of the American Studies minor, and Interim Director of the UNCP Undergraduate Research and Creativity Center. Click HERE for a list of the History faculty's recent publications.

Teaching Award for Charles Beem

The Department of History congratulates Dr. Charles Beem for being honored with one of the UNCP Outstanding Teaching Awards of 2015.  He teaches a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses on British history but also including world civilization and gender history. This is the second time that Dr. Beem has received this honor. Click HERE for a list of the History Department's honored faculty.


Student Scholarships and Awards

At its inaugural annual reception for current students and alumni, in April 2015, the History Department announced the recipients of its scholarships and outstanding student award. The complete list of honorees is listed below, and members of the History Department wish to congratulate all of them on their academic success.

Jamal B. Soles and Charles A. Jackson
Outstanding Students of the Year

Hugh V. Alderson
John Green Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Timothy Bledsoe
History Faculty Scholarship

Manuel G. Diaz
James C. Maynor Scholarship

Tara Gentry
Sue Betty Locklear Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Alicia M. Hatmaker
Max M. Weinstein history Scholarship

Chelsea Hunt
Nancy Jones-Dorothy Hupp Memorial Scholarship

Oscar Locklear
Clifton Oxendine Scholarship

Joseph M. Sobieski
Loren Butler II History Award

Laura A. Spillman
Society of the Sons of the Revolution in the
State of North Carolina Scholarship in History


Civil War Songs and Stories

On Tuesday, February 10, the Music and History departments jointly sponsored "Civil War Songs and Stories." The opening sequence featured Drs. Scott Billingsley, Weston Cook, Bruce DeHart, and Jeff Frederick as the four presidential candidates in 1860. That reenactment was followed by the creative contributions of UNCP students and others. Highlights included the following.

  • History students portrayed Union and Confederate soldiers and their wives.
  • Theatre student Kayla Cox performed a monologue she wrote based on the wartime experiences of Harriet Tubman.
  • December 2014 graduate Melvin Morris (Art) displayed several of his paintings.
  • A student brass quintet opened the second half of the program.
  • The second half also featured powerful arias by Music majors DeeDee Hargett, Meredith Shanahan, and Nygel Robinson, and a moving choral finale with a huge solo by Fabian Griffith.
  • The University Chorale performed five pieces—for a preview, check out this video of their rehearsal: http://youtu.be/OLM3p_kk93k (I apologize for the poor quality—I filmed this on my iPad yesterday morning).

Many students, faculty, and staff across campus have worked to make this concert happen, and we applaud their fine work.

The History Department offers special thanks to Dr. Jaime Martinez for her creativity, inspiraton, and hard work in bringing this production to the UNC Pembroke community.