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Ashley Whitehead Luskey

Ashley Whitehead Luskey is the assistant director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. A graduate of the College of William & Mary, she holds a both a master’s degree in history with a concentration in public history and a PhD in history from West Virginia University. She spent more than nine years working as a park ranger and historian with the National Park Service, including eight years at Richmond National Battlefield Park. An active public speaker and tour guide, Ashley is the author of numerous articles and essays, as well as the co-author of “From Women’s History to Gender History: Re-Vamping Interpretation at Richmond National Battlefield Park” (Civil War History, 2016). She is currently revising a manuscript on elite women in Civil War Richmond tentatively titled, “The Last Confederate Christmas: Leading Ladies, Social Politics, and Power in Civil War Richmond.”

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without

  1. Family and good friends
  2. Music (both making it and listening to it!)
  3. Travel (both to historic sites and to natural National Parks)
  4. Potatoes, pasta, pizza, and cheese
  5. Good fiction, good art, and good photography
  6. Autumn
  7. Holidays
  8. Coffee and wine
  9. “Gilmore Girls” reruns
  10. Naps and/or time alone to rest and think


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