Laura E. Estilow
Ms. Estilow currently serves as the president of the Board of Directors of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and has been a museum docent and respected lecturer since the Museum’s founding. She is one of the co-founders of the Conference on Women and the Civil War and has served as president of the Historical Society of Frederick County. Ms. Estilow is a recently retired Professor of Biology and current Adjunct Lecturer in Civil War History at Hood College in Frederick, MD. She received a BS degree in biology from Albright College and a certification in medical technology from the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. After completing a Master of Science degree in Clinical Microbiology at West Virginia University, she became the director of the microbiology laboratory at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, MD. In 1975, she joined the faculty at Hood College where she has taught a wide variety of courses ranging from introductory biology to biology of aging to pathogenic microbiology. She developed and taught a week long course on Civil War History for Hood Elderhostel entitled, “In the Footsteps of the Blue and Gray.” Ms. Estilow is the recipient of the Mortar Board Excellence in Teaching Award, an award given by the students at Hood College.