Public History PhD Student James Wils Wins Award

James “Jimmy” Wils, first-year doctoral student in public history, received the District VIII Award from the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America for his dissertation research on the commemorative landscape of the early American republic. At a brief ceremony at the Joel Lane House in Raleigh on March 4th 2015, Jimmy¬†and his advisor Dr. Craig Friend met with Barbara Lawther, chair of the Patriotic Service Committee for the NC Society, and Betsy King, NC president of the NSCDA during which he received an award certificate and a check. Jimmy¬†plans to use the award to help fund dissertation research trips.

Barbara Lawther presents award certificate to first year doctoral student, Jimmy Wils
Barbara Lawther presents award certificate to first year doctoral student, Jimmy Wils
Jimmy stands in front of Joel Lane House and Museum with Barbara Lawther (left) and Betsy King (right) for award ceremony
Jimmy stands in front of Joel Lane House and Museum with Barbara Lawther (left) and Betsy King (right) for award ceremony

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