A couple of upcoming events and a milestone

First, I would like to announce that we have finally reached our one hundredth post. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this site and to all you readers out there who continue to support us.

There are a couple of events/items that I wanted to make you aware of that are coming up. First, I will be participating in a virtual book tour with TLC Book Tours, which will be showing David H. Jones’s book Two Brothers: One North, One South. I am scheduled to be a tour stop on Nov. 17. What that means is that I will have a review up by that day and the author will “stop” by here and be available for questions and comments, guest posting, and interviewing. I would like to encourage you all, especially those who have read the book, to stop by and post comments and interact with the author. I will do my best to communicate with the tour company and prepare the site. Now, I will be in and out that day, as I have class in the morning and early afternoon, but will be around. Basically, tell your friends to stop by and meet David H. Jones and learn about his book. If you are interested in following the tour, here is a list of tour stops:

Monday, November 3rd – Strategist’s Personal Library
Wednesday, November 5th – My Adventures in History
Thursday, November 6th – Civil War Literature
Friday, November 7th – Kathleen’s Book Reviews
Monday, November 10th – Bobbi’s Book Nook
Tuesday, November 11th – The Bell Rang
Wednesday, November 12th – Random Wonder
Friday, November 14th – Confessions of a Real Librarian
Monday, November 17th – Civil War History
Monday, November 17th – Military History Blog
Wednesday, November 19th – Bookfoolery and Babble
Friday, November 21st – Literarily
Monday, November 24th – Ready When You Are, C.B.
Tuesday, November 25th – In the Shadow of Mount TBR
Wednesday, November 26th – TOCWOC – A Civil War Blog
Friday, November 28th – A High and Hidden Place
Monday, December 1st – wig-wags

Also, here is some information on the book and the author:

David H. Jones’ website

David’s bio

Excerpt from Two Brothers – One North, One South

Reviews of the book

David’s blog

Two Brothers on Amazon

Two Brothers at Barnes & Noble

David’s email: david@davidhjones.net

The other item is also a bit timely. It is getting to that time of year for graduate school applications to be prepared and submitted, but it is not too late. I would like to invite professors and graduate schools that specialize in American history and the Civil War to get in touch with me, as I will be setting up a Graduate School section for the site, which will provide links and information to prospective students. What that means is that if you are involved with a graduate program in History, I want to help you reach students. So, tell me a bit about your program, including admission requirements, degree requirements, contacts, any fun facts or other interesting information that makes your institution unique. I ask that you use the Contact page on the site to submit this information. In another month or so, I will set up a section for undergraduate programs, so be ready.

I hope you all will enjoy these new features when they appear. On another happy note, I finally received my bound copies of my thesis and they look awesome. It is quite nice to finally have them to hold. I will post my thesis here sometime soon, but need to correct a security issue on the PDF. Have a great week and thank you all again for your support.

Introducing Civil Warring, a new forum

I have set up a new project for this site that I hope you will all join and contribute towards with many posts. Civil Warring is my new forum on the war and will serve as a place to discuss the many aspects of the war. I hope that this can grow into something meaningful that we will all have fun with. So I encourage you to check it out, join up, and start up some topics. Tell your friends who are into the war to check it out as well.

Video of my afternoon with James McPherson

As promised, I am posting the video of yesterday afternoon’s seminar with noted historian James McPherson. When I have my photo with him emailed to me, I will post that as well. My question, I’ll admit now, was a bit odd, but related to this site and I wanted to know what he thought about historians using blogs and the Internet. Just so you know, I am sitting in the front row, third from the left and wearing a dark suit coat.

Click here to go to the video website (click on the link “View streaming video of the session”). Note: My question starts at 15:20.

Meeting a legend

Okay readers, the wait is over! So, who did I get to meet today? None other than Dr. James M. McPherson. You read right, I said James McPherson, author of numerous books on the Civil War, including Battle Cry of Freedom. Dr. McPherson was in Fargo, ND (about 80 miles south of where I live) to visit his birth state (he spent the first few years of his life in ND) and talk about his latest book as part of the Read ND program and in early commemoration for the Lincoln bicentennial.

I attended two events today. The first was a seminar at the studio for Prairie Public Television, which is the local PBS station here. This was an invite only event and myself, several of my colleagues at UND, and students and staff from NDSU and Concordia College were able to ask questions of Dr. McPherson. It was an aweome event and I was able to get two of my books signed by him. I also was able to be pictured with him and will post it when I am emailed it. The program will be webcast and I will post the link as soon as it is available.

The second event was an evening lecture by him at the historic Fargo Theater. At this, McPherson lectured about Lincoln as commander-in-chief, which is the subject of his newest book Tried by Fire. I only wish that more of my friends could have attended, as this was an incredible event and quite an honor for me to meet a legend in Civil War history.

Sorry for all the anticipation, but I wanted this to be an awesome surprise for you all. Again, when I get the picture and the link to the program I was a part of, I will post them here. Well, it’s late, I am tired, so I am going to relax and prepare for tomorrow, so have a great night.

Since WordPress is now allowing polls with posts, I thought I would take a try at it, so here is the first of hopefully many more polls. So, go ahead and vote.

Special event tomorrow

I am really looking forward to tomorrow, as I will get to meet someone very special who is coming to North Dakota. Who will I be meeting? Well, you will have to check tomorrow evening, as I will post the name of the person I am meeting and hopefully a picture. I will give you one detail of tomorrow’s activity. I may be on public television here in the area. If I am able to access a video, I will post it here. So, stay tuned and check back tomorrow.