Kentucky historian Stuart W. Sanders ’95 to speak at Founders Day

Posted by Centre News in News 29 Nov 2017

Stuart W. Sanders ’95, the history advocate for the Kentucky Historical Society, will give the annual Founders Day address at Centre College on Jan. 17, 2018, in Newlin Hall of the Norton Center for the Arts. His topic—on the eve of the College’s bicentennial—will be the nearly 200 years of Centre history.

Centre received its charter from the Kentucky legislature on Jan. 21, 1819.

Sanders began his public history career as a 16-year-old docent in Lexington, Virginia, where he grew up. A history major at Centre, he served as executive director of the Perryville Battlefield Preservation Association, a not-for-profit organization that preserves and interprets Kentucky’s largest Civil War battleground. Now, as the history advocate for the Kentucky Historical Society, Sanders communicates the value and relevance of history to the general public.

He has written three books about Kentucky during the Civil War, including Perryville Under Fire: The Aftermath of Kentucky’s Largest Civil War Battle and The Battle of Mill Springs, Kentucky, and has contributed to books about the Civil War published by the University Press of Kentucky and the University of Tennessee Press. Sanders has also written for Civil War Times Illustrated, America’s Civil War, MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, Hallowed Ground, Blue and Gray, Kentucky Humanities, The Journal of America’s Military Past, Kentucky Ancestors, The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, Encyclopedia Virginia, and several other publications.

The Founders Day convocation is free and open to the public. All are welcome.

by Diane Johnson
November 29, 2017