HPU historian speaks at National Prisoner of War Museum

January 29, 2014

(Via the National Park Service)

ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia – The National Prisoner of War Museum will be hosting historian Justin Vance from Hawai‘i Pacific University on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm. Dr. Vance will be giving a program in the auditorium entitled, "Hawaiians and POWs from Hawaii in the American Civil War."

Justin Vance
Justin Vance

Dr. Vance is a history professor at Hawai'i Pacific University in Honolulu, and has spent much of his academic career exploring the connections between these foreign powers. "Hawaii had a very close relationship with the United States for 40 years before the Civil War began," Vance writes, "and there are many reasons that people of the Pacific decided to take part." Hawai'i missionary descendants and many New-England educated Native Hawaiians had interests in preserving the Union and in abolition, while other Hawaiians joined the Confederate Navy. Native Hawaiians were often assigned to colored regiments in the United States Army, serving alongside African American soldiers. At least two Hawaiians were captured during the conflict and shared their prisoner of war experience with thousands of others.This program will explore these stories and the complex racial narrative of Civil War Hawaii.

Andersonville National Historic Site is located 10 miles south of Oglethorpe, GA and 10 miles northeast of Americus, GA on Georgia Highway 49. The national park features the National Prisoner of War Museum, Andersonville National Cemetery and the site of the historic Civil War prison, Camp Sumter. ­Andersonville National Historic Site is the only national park within the National Park System to serve as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. Park grounds are open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The National Prisoner of War Museum is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily. Admission is free. For more information on the park, call (229) 924-0343, or visit at www.nps.gov/ande/. Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AndersonvilleNPS, Twitter www.twitter.com/andeNHS.

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