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Lindley S. Butler
Lindley S. Butler of Wentworth, who earned a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, taught history at Rockingham Community College. Since his retirement, he has served as historical advisor and dive participant on the wreck of the Queen Anne's Revenge and has taught courses at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. With Alan D. Watson, he edited the history documentary, The North Carolina Experience (1984). His other publications include Pirates, Privateers, and Rebel Raiders of the Carolina Coast (2000) and The Papers of David Settle Reid (1993). He is the recipient of the Christopher Crittenden Award for contributions to North Carolina history. He is at work on a history of the Proprietary Period of North Carolina history.
Jerry C. Cashion
Jerry C. Cashion of Raleigh has been chairman of the North Carolina Historical Commission since 2001. He received his undergraduate and doctorate degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, working under the direction of Hugh T. Lefler and William S. Powell. He received in 1974 an award for outstanding teaching. Cashion held the position of research supervisor for the Division of Archives and History from 1974 to 2000. In those years he served as an adjunct assistant professor of history at North Carolina State University. Cashion received the Christopher Crittenden Award, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, and the North Carolina Award for Public Service, the highest award granted by the state.
Jeffrey J. Crow
Jeffrey J. Crow of Cary is deputy secretary of the Office of Archives and History, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Upon receipt of his Ph.D. from Duke University in 1974, he coordinated bicentennial publications and then served as administrator of the agency's Historical Publications Section and editor in chief of the North Carolina Historical Review from 1982 until 1995. With John L. Bell Jr., he co-authored an eighth-grade textbook, North Carolina: The History of an American State (1992). He has written primarily on the colonial, Revolutionary, and New South eras. With Paul D. Escott and Flora J. Hatley, he collaborated to produce A History of African Americans in North Carolina (1992).
Pamela Grundy of Charlotte is an independent historian. She has an undergraduate degree from Yale University, and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of several books, including Learning to Win: Sports, Education and Social Change in Twentieth-Century (2001) and Shattering the Glass: The Remarkable History of Women's Basketball, co-authored with Susan Shackelford (2005). Her textbook, A Journey Through North Carolina (2008), is widely used in the eighth grade. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, the Herbert Feis Award,, the Louis J. Pelzer Memorial Award, and the Barnard Prize for best published essay in the history of education. She regularly advises on exhibits at the Museum of the New South in Charlotte.
Michael Hill of Durham is supervisor of the Research Branch of the Office of Archives and History and coordinates the North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program. He earned a B.A. degree in history and journalism and an M.A. degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is co-chair of the Archives and History committee planning the 150th anniversary commemoration of the Civil War. Hill is the co-editor, with William S. Powell, of the revised edition of the North Carolina Gazetteer (2009). His other publications include the eighth, ninth, and tenth editions of the Guide to North Carolina Highway Historical Markers; Governors of North Carolina (2007); and Sherman's March through North Carolina (1995).
Harry L. Watson of Chapel Hill is Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Director of the Center for the Study of the American South, where he is co-editor of the quarterly journal, Southern Cultures. Since 2005 he has been a member of the North Carolina Historical Commission. He holds a bachelor's degree from Brown University and a doctorate from Northwestern University. His fields of interest are U.S. social and political history, Southern history, and North Carolina history. His publications include Jacksonian Politics and Community (1981), An Independent People (1983), Liberty and Power: The Politics of Jacksonian America (1990), and, as co-editor, The American South in a Global World (2005) and Chasing the American Dream (2007).