Dr. Mary Munsell Abroe
Mary Abroe holds a BA from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana and a PhD from Loyola University Chicago. Her dissertation, “‘All the Profound Scenes’: Federal Preservation of Civil War Battlefields, 1861-1990,” is a social and cultural history of Civil War battlefield preservation under federal auspices.
She has taught on the high school, junior college, and university levels. Currently she teaches American history and the history of Western Civilization at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois.
Dr. Abroe has commented on and presented papers related to her interest in the Civil War era and historic preservation at a number of professional gatherings, including meetings of the Illinois State Historical Society, Ohio Valley History Conference, National Council on Public History, and Organization of American Historians. Her work has appeared in Civil War History; Mid-America: An Historical Review; the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society; the Journal of Southern History, and Cultural Resource Management (later CRM: The Journal of Heritage Stewardship), a publication of the National Park Service.
Dr. Abroe is a member of the board of trustees of the Civil War Trust and board of directors of the Save Historic Antietam Foundation. She also is a past president of the Civil War Round Table of Chicago.