Dr. Tom Morain
Graceland University, Lamoni
Phone: (641) 784-5053
Tom Morain was director of history at Living History Farms and administrator of the State Historical Society from 1995-2001. He has authored several books on small town history and Iowa life. A popular public speaker, Morain received the State Historical Society’s Petersen-Harlan Award in 2009, the organization’s highest honor for distinguished service. He currently teaches at Graceland University, serves as Director of Government Relations, and is assisting with the Iowa Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. In 2002 he received the Distinguished Service Award from Humanities Iowa.
William B. Feis
Buena Vista University, Storm Lake
Bill Feis is Professor of History at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, and author of Grant’s Secret Service: The Intelligence War from Belmont to Appomattox (2002) and numerous essays and articles on Civil War military intelligence. He is also co-author/editor with Allan R. Millett and Peter Maslowski of the newly updated and revised For the Common Defense: A Military History of the United States of America from 1607 to 2012.. He is also the editor of the forthcoming Iowa’s War: The Civil War in Documents and is currently working on a short biography of Grenville M. Dodge, one of Iowa’s most famous Civil War generals.
Chair, Department of History, Dordt College
Sioux Center, IA 51250
Office: (712) 722-6254
Paul Fessler has led over 10 staff rides (battlefield study trips) that examine leadership decisions and perspectives on battlefields. Among the battlefields studied are Wilson’s Creek battlefield (MO) and Pea Ridge battlefield (AR) – two of the four largest battles in the first year of the Civil War. Many Iowa regiments played a key role in these battles. Fessler is Member of State of Iowa Civil War Sesquicentennial Advisory Board, appointed by the governor, 2008-present; and an Advisory Board Member for the National Endowment of the Humanities’ “Voices of Democracy Project,” studying rhetoric and American history—including Civil War. He has written numerous articles and given presentations on Civil War and ethnicity including Irish, German and Dutch immigrant leaders in the conflict.
Kenneth L. Lyftogt
Department of History
University of Northern Iowa
Phone: (319) 266-8121
Kenneth Lyftogt is a lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Northern Iowa. He is the author of three books on Iowa and the Civil War: Left For Dixie: The Civil War Diary of John Rath; From Blue Mills to Columbia: Cedar Falls and the Civil War; and Iowa's Forgotten General: Matthew Mark Trumbull and the Civil War. He spent many years traveling through Civil War battlefields and has been a Civil War re-enactor. For over 30 years he has traveled across Iowa doing lectures on the Civil War, and many other subjects. Currently he is writing a two-volume history of Iowa and the Civil War, portions of which he has presented to audiences such as at the Museum of African American History in Cedar Rapids and at the River Museum in Dubuque.
Professor of History
Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Grand View University
1200 Grandview Ave
Des Moines IA 50316
Kevin Gannon teaches and writes extensively on 19th century US history. His current project, A Continental History of the American Civil War Era, is under contract with Routledge with an anticipated publication date in the Fall of 2017.
Brie Swenson Arnold, PhD
Assistant Professor of History
1220 First Avenue NE
Cedar Rapids IA 52403
Main Phone: (319) 550-2246
Dr. Swenson Arnold specializes in Civil War and nineteenth-century American history, with specific interests in women, gender, race, and slavery. She has given many scholarly conference papers and public talks on various aspects of the Civil War era, including on women's roles and changing gender ideas during the Civil War, female soldiers who fought in the war, slavery, African American roles in the war, Civil War-era politics, the power of popular print and visual culture during the Civil War, and the representations of the war displayed in present-day pop culture. At Coe College, she teaches courses on the Civil War, African American history, American women's history, and the commemoration of the Civil War in popular novels, movies, and monuments.
Dr. Swenson Arnold was a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) scholar at “The Visual Culture of the Civil War” institute in New York in 2012 and is the author of several publications, including, most recently, articles on the gendered nature of representations of the politics of slavery in antebellum popular print culture (Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains, Spring 2015) and black women's efforts to desegregate factory work in turn-of-the-century Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Annals of Iowa, Spring 2015).
M. Philip Lucas
Professor of History
Cornell College, Mount Vernon
Phone: (319) 895-4205
Philip Lucas teaches an upper-level seminar on the Civil War. He is currently doing work on Norton P. Chipman of Washington, Iowa, who was the judge advocate in the Andersonville Trial. Some of his published work on the Civil War era includes:
- “Selma, Alabama”; “Samuel R. Curtis”; “Albert Gallatin Brown”; “Salisbury Prison”; “Henry Wirz” in Encyclopedia of the American Civil War, David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler (eds.). ABC-Clio, 2000, reissue W.W. Norton, 2002.
- “Presidential Elections: The Civil War” in Americans At War: Society, Culture, and the Homefront, John Phillips Resch and Sally G. McMillen (eds.). Macmillan, 2004.
- “Fourteenth Amendment,” in Milestone Documents in American History. Paul Finkelman (ed.). Schlager Group Inc., Salem Press, 2008. Volume 2, pp. 932-942.
- “Know Nothing Party,” in The Essential Lincoln: A Political Encyclopedia. Paul Finkelman (ed.). Congressional Quarterly Press, 2008.
- “Marcellus M. Crocker”; “Stephen Kearny” in Iowa Biographical Dictionary. Marvin Bergman (ed.). Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2008.