PAS Executive Director Wins Prestigious Dissertation Prize

PAS Executive Director Patrick Browne accepts the 2024 dissertation prize from Society of Civil War Historians President Dr. Lesley Gordon and Prize Committee Chairman Dr. Kevin Adams.

The Board of Trustees of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society are pleased to congratulate new Executive Director, Dr. Patrick Browne, on receiving the Anne C. Bailey Dissertation Prize of the Society of Civil War Historians. The SCWH recognized Patrick at their conference in Raleigh, North Carolina on June 20, 2024. 

The Anne C. Bailey Dissertation Prize is awarded biannually to the best dissertation that takes the U.S. Civil War era as its main focus. The prize committee praised Patrick’s dissertation, entitled, “Architects of Civil War Homecoming: Northern Relief Workers and Returning Union Veterans,” for its compelling argument and extensive research. 

According to Prize Committee Chairman, Dr. Kevin Adams of Kent State University, “Browne’s dissertation will become an essential study for specialists as we see it is likely to prompt a series of community studies throughout the North.” Patrick’s work focuses on northern civilians and their struggle to aid recently discharged Union soldiers during the thick of wartime crisis and in the years after the war.