Civil War Faculty Spotlight

As you know, Manor College supports the concept of life long learning which extends beyond the classroom.

With great pride, allow me to introduce to you some of the exceptional faculty members of The Civil War Institute. Their participation and contributions to The Civil War Institute have positively impacted the Manor community by enabling us to continue to provide our students with exceptional classes, remarkable events and critical resources. Their instruction at Manor College has had a profound effect on many people – both students and faculty. Manor College champions their efforts in educating the public on the civil war and preserving this historical time.

We also commend them on the mark they are making within the community and culture. We recognize and appreciate their willingness to give The Civil War Institute direction and to take the necessary actions to maintain a cohesive program. We thank our civil war faculty for sharing their time, ideas and passion, contributing elements to our success.

I am confident you will find all of our instructors knowledgeable as well as entertaining. Their fact based stories will bring you to laughter, tears, and a state of awe!

Roger W. Arthur
An interest in history is something I have had since childhood. I studied it in college, taught it in school, read monographs of many prominent historians, read many of the original documents and have visited most of the important military and historic sites throughout the country. I currently teach American History at Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown, PA. In the evenings in the Spring and Fall I offer a variety of adult enrichment courses at both the Chester County Night School and the Mainline School Night. These include The Civil War, The American Revolution, World War II and Presidential Greatness. I often speak to Civil War Round Tables and community groups. This past February I gave a series of Lincoln Lectures at the Chester and Delaware County Libraries to commemorate the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth. Finally, I also offer a first person portrayal of America's most dynamic, energetic, and interesting president entitled "Meet Col. Roosevelt."

Hugh Boyle
Hugh is the President and founding member of the Delaware Valley Civil War Round Table. He is also the former publisher and book review editor of the Civil War Brigadier Newspaper.

Hugh Boyle is currently an instructor at the Civil War Institute at Manor College in Jenkintown Pennsylvania where, together with The Delaware Valley Civil War Round Table, they offer over 20 non- credit courses on Civil War topics. Hugh has been with Manor College for six years and teaches classes on the Lincoln Assassination, Lincoln the War President, The Irish in the American Civil War, and Prison and Prisoners in the Civil War.

Hugh serves on the board of the Bensalem Reenactment Committee, and is a member of the board of directors of the Grand Army of the Republic Museum and Library. He has traveled and lectured on The Lincoln Assassination to round tables, historical societies, museums, high schools, colleges and at Civil War seminars such as the Harrisburg Community College Civil War seminar and The Association of Mid-Atlantic Civil War Round Tables Lincoln Symposium. He is a member of the Surratt Society, the Lincoln Forum, and the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania ,the Abraham Lincoln Association, the Civil War Library and Museum, and is founder and President of the April 1865 Society. He is also a member of the Associated History Presenters.

Hugh writes book reviews for the Lincoln Herald magazine. He is the former National Sales Manager of Roadpro 12 Volt electronics. He also has taught a sales and marketing course at Manor College. He and his wife Rosemary live in Bensalem Pennsylvania. Other than the Lincoln Assassination, He also offers lectures on “John Wilkes Booth, The Man who Killed Lincoln”, “Dan Sickles, General, Congressman & Murderer”, “1865 The Most important Year”, The Irish in the American Civil War”, “Mary & Abe, Love is Eternal”, “The Lincoln Presidency”,” Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg”, “Washington, The Eye of the Storm in the Civil War” and “Notable Civil War Marriages”, Bloodshed on Lafayette Square, a look at the attempted assassination of William Seward, and Civil War Prisons

Nancy Caldwell
Nancy Caldwell is an instructor for the Manor College Civil War Institute. She is a member of the Board of the Delaware Valley Civil War Round Table and past president and current member of the Board of the Old Baldy Civil War Round Table in Philadelphia. She previously worked and volunteered for the Civil War Library and Museum in center city. Ms. Caldwell has spoken to various groups on the plight of the horses in the Civil War (also part of the Potpourri class given here at Manor) and teaches a course on the aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg and how it affected the residents of that town.

Ms. Caldwell graduated from John W. Hallahan High School and currently works at Northeast Catholic High School in Philadelphia.

Jerry Carrier
Jerry Carrier became a self-described Civil War addict in 1990, when he saw Ken Burns’ memorable series about the war on PBS. A few years later, he joined the Delaware Valley Civil War Roundtable, and his addiction became complete. Jerry has studied and collected hundreds of books on the war and visited dozens of battlefields and other Civil War sites.

Jerry is now vice president and education chairman of the Round Table. As a member of the Civil War Institute faculty, he teaches courses about the Vicksburg Campaign, the Battle of Antietam, the Franklin-Nashville Campaign, Sherman’s March, and Opening the War in the West. In addition, he is part of the team that teaches the Institute’s Civil War Overview Series, Civil War Potpourri, and Life in the Cities. He is currently preparing a new course on the campaigns by Stonewall Jackson and Philip Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley.

After a 35-year career as a journalist, he retired from the Philadelphia Daily News in 2001. Appropriately enough, his class in the Potpourri series is about the role of the press in the Civil War. After his retirement, he launched a second career as a professional actor. He has performed in a variety of stage productions, films and television commercials, and has narrated two audio books. The highlight of his stage career was the lead role in the New York premiere of “The Last Songbird,” a memoir of Philip Springer, composer of the popular Christmas hit, “Santa Baby.” He has also played Captain Brackett in a national tour of “South Pacific,” the title role in “The Wizard of Oz,” and Ebenezer Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol.”

His latest project combines his passions for theater and Civil War history in a one-man show about the life and distinguished career of Lincoln confidant John Hay. He presented an abbreviated version of his John Hay presentation at Manor’s Citizen Soldier day in August 2009. Three months later, he took his show to Hay’s hometown of Warsaw, IL.

He also has lectured to Round Tables, historical societies and senior centers on a variety of Civil War subjects. His venues have even included cruise ships.

Jerry and his wife, Dolly, have been married 45 years and live in Philadelphia. They have four grown children and three granddaughters.

Paula Gidjunis
Paula Gidjunis is an 8th grade social studies teacher and also teaches in Manor College’s Civil War Institute. She has a B.A. in History/Education, a Masters in Business Administration and a certificate in Historic Preservation. She is currently the Preservation Committee Chair and board member of the Delaware Valley CWRT. She is also a board member of the Historical Society of Montgomery County, Pa, which owns Montgomery Cemetery, containing the burial sites of Generals Hancock, Zook and Hartranft and is also a tour guide there. She is a member of a task team to open a museum in LaMott, Pa to honor African American soldiers who fought during the Civil War.

Herb Kaufman
Herb Kaufman has been a life-long student of the Civil War era. He is a founding member of the faculty of the Civil War Institute at Manor College, and has taught adult education courses in the Civil War at a number of local universities. His courses include The Life of the Common Soldier, Civil War Medicine, and Meet the Generals. He is a well known speaker on a variety of topics relating to the era of the Civil War having presented programs to numerous civic and community groups and historical associations.

He is currently a member of the Editorial Staff of the Civil War News, writing both news and feature articles. He also been a Civil War reenactor, and has received numerous awards for his continuing work in education and support of the history of the Civil War. In the past he created and presented programs for students and adults at the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the GAR Civil War Museum and Library. He is currently the treasurer of both the Delaware Valley and Old Baldy Civil War Roundtables, and is a member of numerous historical and community organizations. Mr. Kaufman possesses a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education from Temple University.

Sandra Kaufman
Sandra Kaufman is an instructor at the Manor College Civil War Institute and specializes in the history and culture of the Victorian era. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Temple University and a Master’s Degree in Education from Arcadia University, and possesses professional certification in Elementary Education and Reading Specialist. Ms. Kaufman has taught Women in the Civil War and has participated in the Common Soldier class as well as the previous Gettysburg at Manor Day program. Ms. Kaufman has been a speaker about the role of women in the Civil War and the culture and traditions of the Victorian Era at both the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia and the GAR Museum, as well as numerous civic, historical and community groups.