2019 Symposium Spotlight: Kristen Pawlak

This week’s 2019 Emerging Civil War Symposium Spotlight welcomes one our newest members to Emerging Civil War. If you have been following the blog over the last several months, you will have seen her name numerous times. She has been writing some fantastic posts! For the 2019 Symposium, she will be speaking on one of the many forgotten battles of the Western Theater. Continue reading to learn more about and welcome to ECW, Kristen Pawlak.

Kristen Pawlak

A native of Missouri, historian Kristen M. Pawlak specializes in the Civil War in Missouri and the Trans-Mississippi West. In 2014, she graduated from Gettysburg College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Civil War Era Studies. Kristen received her Master of Arts from Webster University in Nonprofit Leadership in May of 2018. Previously, she has worked for the Missouri Civil War Museum in St. Louis, the American Battlefield Trust, and the Gettysburg College Special Collections. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Missouri Civil War Museum and the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. Kristen is working on her first book as part of the Emerging Civil War Series on the Battle of Wilson’s Creek.

You can find out more information about the 2019 Emerging Civil War Symposium by clicking here. Don’t forget to take advantage of our early bird rate and special group rate for accommodations!

2 Responses to 2019 Symposium Spotlight: Kristen Pawlak

  1. Cannot wait to meet and listen to Ms. Pawlak. My lovely spouse is a 1977 graduate of Gettysburg, and my lovely ancestor was at Wilson’s Creek with the notorious 2nd Arkansas Mounted Rifles!

  2. Kristen Pawlak’s investigation and revelation of the confused battleground that was Missouri is commendable and timely. Too many Civil War historians pick up the story of the Civil War in the West AFTER it left Missouri, so it is refreshing to find someone interested in this neglected, difficult-to-piece-together, but fascinating tale.
    For those curious about the North’s involvement in Missouri, a good initial resource is “The Iowa First: Letters from the War” by Franc Bangs Wilkie. Wilkie was a newspaperman from Dubuque, embedded with the Governor’s Greys and First Iowa Infantry, who went on to report the War as “Galway” for the New York Times.

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