Project Staff

Project Director

Patrick A. Lewis, Ph.D.
A 2012 recipient of a Ph.D. in History from the University of Kentucky, Lewis joined CWGK in May 2012. Lewis is a specialist in Civil War-era Kentucky. He is the author of For Slavery and Union: Benjamin Buckner and Kentucky Loyalties in the Civil War (Kentucky, 2015) and of essays in Civil War History and the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society. Lewis is a seasoned public historian, having worked for the National Park Service at Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. While at KHS, he helped develop the new KHS HistoryMobile Civil War exhibit. To hear more about Lewis’s work on slavery, politics, and Civil War Kentucky—along with some inside information about the CWGK project—listen to his recent interviews on The Rogue HistorianCivil War Talk RadioWEKU’s “Eastern Standard,” and “Office Hours.”


Editorial Staff

Anthony P. Curtis, M.A.
A 2005 recipient of an M.A. in History (with honors) from Marshall University, Curtis joined CWGK in January 2012. He led research efforts for a variety of projects at KHS and has significant expertise in managing historical collections as well as database- and XML-driven online exhibitions. He is responsible for coordinating all aspects of document control and image capture and coordinates the project’s volunteers and interns. Curtis is actively involved in assessing the current state of KHS digital infrastructure and developing a long-term technology strategic plan. He is a 2014 graduate of the Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents and currently serves on the Program Committee of the Association for Documentary Editing.


Whitney R. Smith, M.A.
A 2011 recipient of an M.A. in English from Indiana University–Indianapolis, Smith joined CWGK in June 2012. She is a certified documentary editor, having earned her Scholarly Editing Certification from the University of Indiana–Indianapolis and graduating from the 2012 Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents. Before joining CWGK, Smith was assistant editor for the Frederick Douglass Papers and served as research assistant for the Santayana Edition, both housed at the Institute for American Thought at IUPUI. Smith coordinates project editorial policy and digital publication through TEI-XML, FileMaker, Omeka, and Drupal systems.


Matthew C. Hulbert, Ph.D.
Hulbert was a CWGK staff member from 2015 to 2016. 
He is currently a lecturer in the Department of History, Political Science, and Philosophy at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. A 2015 recipient of a Ph.D. in History from the University of Georgia, Hulbert won the 2016 C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Prize given by the Southern Historical Association. Hulbert is the author of The Ghosts of Guerrilla Memory: How Civil War Bushwhackers Became Gunslingers in the American West (Georgia, 2016) He has co-edited a collection of essays, The Civil War Guerrilla: Unfolding the Black Flag in History, Memory, and Myth (Kentucky, 2015), and has published essays in Civil War HistoryJournal of the Civil War Era, and Common-Place


Web Development Team

Jeff Dycus, M.A.
Jeff Dycus is the Online Access Administrator for the Kentucky Historical Society. Trained in both computer science and library and information science, Dycus defined the processes for extracting and validating CWGK TEI-XML code and ensures that it continues to integrate well with Omeka.


Anneliese Dehner
Dehner is an independent digital humanities web developer from Portland, Oregon. Dehner designed much of the site, built the CWGK Omeka theme, and tailored many of the site's initial search and display tools. Much of her work is summarized in the 2016 report on Omeka for digital editions.


Brumfield Labs
Ben and Sara Brufmield are digital humanities developers from Austin, Texas. They have worked on many digital editing projects, and host From The Page, a platform for crowdsourcing transcription and hosting digital archives. Brumfield Labs developed the MashBill annotation tool, which allowed CWGK to provide intellectual access to its documents through linked entries on mentioned people, organizations, places, and geographical features.


Dazhi Jiao
Jiao made significant alterations to the Omeka interface to allow for the publication of annotated documents. He created viewer pages for entity records, modified the document viewer to show links between texts and entities, and overhauled the XML import system to accomodate the larger volume of records.