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HPU prof speaks at National Prisoner of War Museum

    By Keisha Lewis. February 14, 2014 - 4:26 pm


Calling all Hawaiian history lovers and American Civil War aficionados. On Saturday, Feb. 15 our very own assistant professor of history, Dr. Justin W. Vance, will deliver a talk on “Hawaiians and Prisoners of War in the American Civil War” at the National Prisoner of War Museum in Andersonville, Ga.

Vance’s research started 12 years ago after realizing there was a gap in literature on the topic of Hawaiians during the American Civil War.

In fact, his master’s thesis was related to this topic and has since pursued research on Hawaii and Hawaii in the Civil War.

In 2009, Vance met Edna Ellis, who is a descendant from a man who served in the American Civil War.

Ellis’ uncle, James Bush, who served in the union Navy, survived the war but could not afford to return to Hawaii until 10 years after the war. He was later given pension from the Hawaiian government after returning to Hawaii until his death (a total of nine years).

Ellis and Vance shared the desire to “discover” further information of the other Hawaiians who served in the war (including Bush). Bush is one of the only few known Hawaiians to serve in the Civil War.

While Vance is a history professor at HPU, his academic work revolves around support of HPU’s Military Campus programs.

His research interests pertain to history education through distance learning settings, the American Civil War, and WWII in the Pacific.

In 2010, HPU awarded him the Golden Apple Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching. While at HPU Vance spent and continues to spend much of his academic career discovering, exploring and learning about the different connections and various factors between foreign powers.

Besides The National Prisoner of War Museum, The Andersonville National Historic Site features the Andersonville National Cemetery and the site of the historic Civil War prison, Camp Sumter.

In fact, The Andersonville National is the only national park within the National Park System to serve as a memorial to all American prisoners of war.

Park grounds are open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The National Prisoner of War Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily with free admission.