HPU News for July 2011

HPU assistant professor shares Civil War history during Independence Day

July 07, 2011

Dr. Justin Vance, assistant professor of History and assistant dean of Hawai‘i Pacific University’s Military Campus Programs, joined other members of the Hawaii Civil War Round Table dressed in attired from that time period. Vance, the group’s president, organized activities during the holiday weekend to help educate the public about the Civil War, including marching in a Honolulu parade and participating in the Mission Houses Museum living history displays.

HONOLULU — Hawai‘i Pacific University assistant professor and assistant dean of Military Campus Programs Dr. Justin Vance helped share Civil War history during the recent Fourth of July weekend.

As president of the Hawaii Civil War Round Table, he organized the group’s participation in the Mission Houses Museum’s Independence Day celebration. The Round Table is an organization which perpetuates the study of the American Civil War in the community. Vance and other group members were part of the museum’s living history display. They also conducted a Civil War drill.

The group was also invited by Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle’s office to march in the Honolulu Fourth of July parade, marching through the city streets of Honolulu in Civil War period uniforms and dress.

Vance — also an expert on native Hawaiians’ participation in the Civil War — said that this may have been the first time in decades that people in those era’s uniforms had marched in a Honolulu parade. Members of Civil War veterans organizations had marched in the late 1920s, he said.