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Creighton University Student Named to Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program

Creighton University Student Named to Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program

Creighton University junior Claire Wolnisty has been named a 2009 Gilder Lehrman One-Week History Scholar. One of 50 students nationwide selected for the distinction, Wolnisty will take part in a weeklong program in New York City that is designed to honor and support outstanding students of history.

The Gilder Lehrman scholars will meet with several well-known historians and enjoy behind-the-scenes access to several historical archives and museums across New York City. Applicants to the scholars program this year represented 170 U.S. colleges and universities.

While in New York, Wolnisty will work on a Civil War research project she began with Creighton history professor Tracy Leavelle. Wolnisty, who also was awarded an undergraduate research fellowship from Creighton, will return to campus this summer to continue her research with Leavelle.

Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History promotes the study and love of American history. The Institute serves teachers, students, scholars, and the general public. It contains more than 60,000 documents detailing the political and social history of the United States. The collection's holdings include manuscript letters, diaries, maps, photographs, printed books, and pamphlets ranging from 1493 through modern times.