2016 Annual Meeting and Symposium

North Carolina's Colonial Wars

Symposium and Annual Business Meeting of the North Carolina Military Historical Society
Saturday, May 7, 2016

North Carolina Archives and History Building, Raleigh, NC


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Jeremiah DeGennaro is the Site Manager at Alamance Battleground State Historic Site in Burlington. Originally from California, Jeremiah moved to North Carolina in 2006 as a graduate student in the UNC-Greensboro Public History program. He began his career with NC Historic Sites in 2008 at Bennett Place in Durham, and also worked as Assistant Site Manager at Historic Stagville in Durham. He has been selected as a participant for the Gettysburg College Civil War Institute, Yale Public History Institute, and multiple NC Museums Council conferences. He lives in Durham with his wife and daughter.

Scott Douglas was born in Ontario, Canada, but has resided in North Carolina for most of his life.  After studying history at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, he has worked at several National Park Service, state, and privately owned historic sites in both Virginia and North Carolina.  Scott has worked at Fort Dobbs State Historic Site since 2007 and has served as Site Manager since 2014.






John Mintz is an Anthropological Archaeologist with the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science with a concentration in Anthropology from Appalachian State University, and his Master of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Arkansas. He has been a professional archaeologist for over 30 years and has undertaken extensive archaeological and archival research relating to battlefield studies throughout the Middle Atlantic and Southeastern regions of the United States. He served on the North Carolina Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee and his other research interests include economic anthropology, and the cultural intersection of prehistoric and historic period cultures.


Prof. David La Vere teaches American Indian History at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He is an award-winning historian, author and public speaker. Born in New Orleans, he served a hitch as a Marine Corps infantryman, then earned a B.A. in Journalism from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Upon graduation, he spent five years in Dallas as an advertising copywriter. Discovering he enjoyed writing history more than writing ad copy, he returned to Northwestern State and earned an MA in History, From there he went on to Texas A&M University for his Ph.D. in History where he worked with renowned historian Gary Clayton Anderson and specialized in American Indian history. La Vere came to UNC Wilmington in 1993 and has been here ever since, where he is now a Professor of History. La Vere has written seven books, most on American Indian history. His most recent, titled The Tuscarora War: Indians, Settlers and the Fight for the Carolina Colonies, was published in 2013 by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Press. Besides books, he has written numerous articles for Our State North Carolina magazine and for historical journals. La Vere often lectures around the state, giving talks about the history of North Carolina Indians. He has spoken at the Oxford Round Table at Oxford University, England on diversity in society.

La Vere other books include: The Lost Rocks: The Dare Stones and the Unsolved Mystery of Sir Walter Raleigh’s Lost Colony (Burnt Mill Press,  Wilmington, 2011); Looting Spiro Mounds (University of Oklahoma Press, 2007); The Texas Indians (Texas A&M University Press, 2004); Contrary Neighbors: Removed Indians and Plains Indians in Indian Territory (University of Oklahoma Press, 2000); Life Among the Texas Indians (Texas A&M University Press, 1998); and The Caddo Chiefdoms (University of Nebraska Press, 1998). The Texas Indians  won the 2005 Best Book Award given by the Philosophical Society of Texas and the 2004 T. R. Fehrenbach Award for Best Book on Texas History given by the Texas History Commission. Contrary Neighbors won the 2001 Oklahoma Book Award for Best Non-Fiction Book on Oklahoma History. He has been a contributing author to two Our State Press publications: North Carolina’s Shining Moment: World War II in North Carolina (2005) and North Carolina Churches: Portraits of Grace (2004).



Jim McKee is a life-long student of history and a graduate of Greensboro College. He is Site Manager at Brunswick Town-Fort Anderson State Historic Site. His previous experience includes work with the National Park Service and the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport. He serves on numerous historic organization and battlefield boards, participates in living history programs throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University.