Antoinette G. van Zelm, Ph.D.

Assistant Director


the Center for Historic Preservation


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Dr. Antoinette van ZelmDr. Antoinette G. van Zelm provides research, writing, and editing assistance to organizations that partner with the Center. She manages the collaborative partnerships between the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area and partners throughout the state. Dr. van Zelm works with the CHP’s graduate research assistants and edits the Center’s blog, Southern Rambles. She also works on Civil War-related materials for the Teaching with Primary Sources-Middle Tennessee State University program.

Dr. van Zelm received her Ph.D. in American History from the College of William & Mary, completing her dissertation on the transition from slavery to freedom among women in Virginia during and after the Civil War. She is active in the Southern Association for Women Historians (SAWH). She has written about the transition from slavery to freedom in both Tennessee and Virginia in several publications and is now researching Tennessee women’s involvement in the Woman’s Relief Corps, the women’s auxiliary of the Grand Army of the Republic.

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