FVSU historical research center stage at 44th annual GAH meeting

Several historians from Fort Valley State University’s Department of History, Geography, Political Science and Criminal Justice, recently attended the 44th annual meeting of the Georgia Association of Historians. The event was hosted by Georgia Highlands College in Rome, Ga., Feb. 25 -27.

Organized in 1973, the GAH is a statewide professional organization for the study of history. Its purpose is to strengthen the historical profession by enhancing the professional lives of historians within the state. Currently, Department of History, Geography, Political Science and Criminal Justice Chair Dr. Dawn Herd-Clark and Associate Professor of History Dr. Mark A. Smith serve on the organization’s executive board. Former FVSU departmental chair Dr. Fred van Hartesveldt is one of the co-editors of the Journal of the Georgia Association of Historians.

During the annual meeting, Dr. Christine Lutz chaired a panel on “The Fort Valley Ham and Egg Show: Community Progress through Food.” Presenters included Herd-Clark, FVSU history graduate student Kenneth Wilkerson, and Kymara Sneed, an FVSU undergraduate alum now pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Georgia.

The following FVSU professors and students presented papers:
• Kenneth Wilkerson, an FVSU student earning master’s degree in history presented the paper, “Robert Church and the Ham and Egg Show.”
• Kymara Sneed, an FVSU alum, presented “Margaret Toomer: Mother of the Ham and Egg Show”
• Josh Higgs, an FVSU student earning his master’s in mental health counseling, presented his history capstone paper “The Atlanta Black Crackers: Baseball in the Segregated South.”
• Dr. Mark A. Smith, an associate professor of history, presented “‘Who Shows Them the Way but the Sappers? The Engineer Company in Mexico, 1846-1848.”
• Dawn J. Herd-Clark, presented “The Ham and Egg Show during World War II”