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William T Kerrigan: Resume



EDUCATION

Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, May 1997. 

M. A., Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, August 1987.

B. A., Austin College, Sherman, Texas, May 1985. 

ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT

Arthur G. and Eloise Barnes Cole Distinguished Professor of American History, Muskingum College, New Concord, OH. Promoted to Full Professor and Installed in Endowed Chair in Fall 2009.

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECT.

Book-in-progress. I am also currently doing research for a book, tentatively entitled Johnny Appleseed and the American Orchard.   John Chapman (1774-1845) spent most of his adult life in Ohio and Indiana, raising and selling apple seedlings, and serving as a self-appointed missionary for the mystical Swedenborgian church.  The book will explore the life and activities of John Chapman, in a broad historical context; the cultural and environmental impact of the old world apple in the new world; and the shifting meanings of the Johnny Appleseed myth.

ARTICLES AND PAPERS ON JOHNNY APPLESEED AND APPLES

Article.  “Apples on the Border: Orchards and the Contest for the Great Lakes,” Michigan Historical Review, Spring 2008.

Essay.  “Johnny Appleseed and Swedenborgianism on the Ohio Frontier.”  Submitted and accepted by the editor.  To be published in 2012 as part of the Urbana University Swedenborg Scholar-in-residence essays.

Paper, “Inventing Johnny Appleseed:  Whig History and the Emergence of the Appleseed Myth.” Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 18, 2008.

Paper, “Separating fact from fiction in the John Chapman Story.”  Indiana Association for Historians annual Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana, February 23, 2008.

Paper, “By Occupation A Planter and Gatherer of Apple Seeds: John Chapman as Horticulturist and Reformer.” Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Annual Conference, Buffalo, New York, July 21, 2000.

Paper, “The Johnny Appleseed Story as a ‘development narrative.’” American Society for Environmental History Annual Conference, Tacoma, Washington, March 18, 2000.

Paper, “John Chapman’s Swedenborgian Vision: The Johnny Appleseed Legend and the Doctrine of Conjugial Love,” Indiana Association of Historians Annual Meeting.  Theme: “Dreams and Visions in History.” March 2, 2000.

                        

GRANTS AND AWARDS

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Writing Grant, 2010.  For completion of two chapters of my book, Johnny Appleseed and the American Orchard: A Cultural History.

Filson Fellowship For research on apple culture in the Ohio Valley in the Filson Historical Society Archives, Louisville, Kentucky.  June 2009.

Ohio Humanities Council Grant, Chautauqua Teacher’s institute. Received $15,000 award to develop a one-week Teacher’s Institute in conjunction with the New Concord Chautauqua, Summer 2008.

Cora I. Orr Faculty Service Award.  August 2007. Muskingum University

Dedicated Public Service Award.  December, 2006.  Village of New Concord.

Outstanding Educator Award, April 2007.  Kappa Delta Pi (Education Honorary).

Ohio Academy of History Teaching Award, April 2004, Tiffin Ohio.

Swedenborg Scholar-in–Residence, Urbana University, March 11-15, 2002.

Ohio Humanities Council Grant, “Reclaiming Our Heritage.”  $30,000 Community oral history project on strip-mining and reclamation.

Green Foundation Grant, for research and travel for John Chapman book, Summer 2000.

Mack Foundation Grant, for research and travel for John Chapman book, Summer 1999.

Outstanding Faculty Member Award, from the Order of the Omega, Muskingum College, April, 1999.

PUBLIC HISTORY WORK

Co-author, Muskingum College. Campus History Series. Spring 2009.  Edited and co-authored with two students, Ryan Worbs and Heather Giffen.

Co-author, Images of America: Salt Fork Lake State Park. (2007)  Edited and co-authored with two student authors, Alicia Seng and Meredith Bowman.

Editor, Images of America: Cambridge.  Fall 2005-Spring 2006.  Edited and supervised the work of five undergraduate students who produced a pictorial history of Cambridge.  The History was published by Arcadia publishing on May 1, 2006.

College Archivist. Appointed Summer 2008. Oversee management and preservation of archival records, establish policies for collecting materials to be archived.

Chair, New Concord Ohio Chautauqua Committee. Spring 2007-Summer 2008.  Wrote successful application for New Concord to host the Ohio Humanities Council’s Ohio Chautauqua in the summer of 2008.  Chaired the local committee that organized and managed the event.

Consultant, Kennedy Stone House Museum.  Spring 2006.  Researched the history of the Kennedy Stone House and Jefferson township for the Museum.  Produced living history scripts for volunteer docents.  Supervised docent intern.  Built local history reference library for docents.  Also, in 2002 I trained volunteers in oral history techniques for project collecting recollections of those displaced by the damming of Salt Fork and the creation of Salt Fork Lake State Park.

Humanities Scholar, “Reclaiming Our Heritage,” Ohio Humanities Council-funded community history project.  1999-2002.  Produced an oral and visual history of strip-mining and reclamation in the Muskingum Valley in conjunction with The Wilds, a center for wildlife conservation built on reclaimed strip-mined lands .  The project produced approximately sixty oral histories as well as a moveable exhibit, and traveled to libraries and historical societies throughout Southeastern Ohio.

NEH Consultant, for the Granville Historical society, while they gathered oral histories from residents of the community of Granville. Spring 2001.

Radio Broadcast, “War Bride,” an edited oral history interview with Ivy Forshey.  Broadcast on WMCO radio on January 27, 2002.

OTHER SCHOLARSHIP AND PUBLICATIONS

Article. “Telling Stories about Strip Mining: Using Oral History in the Environmental History Classroom.”  Teaching History, Spring 2003.

Article, "Race, Expansion, and Slavery in Eagle Pass, 1852." Southwestern Historical Quarterly, January, 1998.

Entry, “Young America” in Martin Hershock and Paul Finkelman, eds.,  The Political Lincoln: An Encyclopedia (October, 2008)

Comment and Chair, “The History Around Us?” Ohio Academy of History Annual Meeting, Kent State-Stark Campus, April, 2003.

Presentation, “The Reclaiming Our Heritage Project” Oral History Institute, Youngstown, Ohio, June 14, 2001.

Paper, “Telling Stories about Strip Mining: Using Oral History in the Environmental History Classroom.” American Society for Environmental History/Forest History Society joint annual meeting, Durham, North Carolina, March 29, 2001.

Comment and Chair, Panel: Balancing Consumer Desires with Environmental Health, National Policy History Conference, Bowling Green, Ohio, June 3, 2000.

Paper, “By Occupation A Planter and Gatherer of Appleseeds: John Chapman as Horticulturist and Reformer.” Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Annual Conference, Buffalo, New York, July 21, 2000.

Paper, “The Johnny Appleseed Story as a ‘development narrative.’” American Society for Environmental History Annual Conference, Tacoma, Washington, March 18, 2000.

Paper, “John Chapman’s Swedenborgian Vision: The Johnny Appleseed Legend and the Doctrine of Conjugial Love,” Indiana Association of Historians Annual Meeting.  Theme: “Dreams and Visions in History.” March 2, 2000.

Paper, “Jane Cazneau’s Eagle Pass: The Politics of a Woman’s Travel Narrative.” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, April 25 1999.

Paper, “Young America, William Gilmore Simms, and the International Copyright Debate.”  Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Annual Conference, State College, Pennsylvania, July 18, 1997.

Paper,  "Young America Goes to Europe:  The Revolutions of 1848 and American Nationalism"  Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Conference, Boulder, Colorado, June 21, 1996.

Paper,  "The Revolutions of 1848 in American Travel Literature"  Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Annual  Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, July 20, 1996

COURSES TAUGHT

American History to 1877.

American History since 1877.

Oral History.

Colonial and Revolutionary Era, 1607-1789.

Nationalism and Sectionalism, 1789-1877.

Ohio History

Public History Internship

Public History

Readings: The Civil War

American Environmental History.

Social History of the U.S. Since 1877.

American Diplomatic History.

War and American Society in the Twentieth Century.

Senior Research Seminar.

American Studies Topics: Violence in American Culture.

American Studies Topics: Henry David Thoreau.

M. A. E. Course: American Myths, Legends and Heroes.

Social Studies Methods for Middle Childhood Educators.                              

Integrated Social Studies Methods for Adolescents.

First Step Program: Local History mini-course.

I have also directed a number of M.A.E. thesis projects.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Chair, New Concord Chautauqua Committee.  Submitted successful application for the Village of New Concord to serve as one of five host communities for the Ohio Humanities Council’s Ohio Chautauqua for 2008.

Board Member, Ohio National Road Association.  November 2009 to the present.

Board Member, New Concord Area Arts and Recreation District, 2005 to 2010.  Spearheaded the development of a trail around the New Concord Reservoir.  Develop outdoor recreational programming, including kayaking, bicycling, and running clubs.

Board Member, John and Annie Glenn Historic Site, 2005 to the present.

Board Member, Evergreen Village retirement community, 2002-2005.

Board Member, Cambridge YMCA, 2004.