Local genealogist and Waynesburg University alumna Candice Buchanan recently published a book, “A Waynesburg College Family: The Legacy of Alfred Brashear & Margaret Kerr (Bell) Miller."
The Millers helped to lead Waynesburg University (then Waynesburg College) to be one of the first institutions of higher learning in the nation to educate men and women equally. In the book, Buchanan explores the Millers’ role in the College’s successful implementation of coeducation. As a uniquely partnered couple, working so hard together, the Millers set a powerful example for their children, students and colleagues, according to Buchanan.
Buchanan’s work also focuses on the two-fold legacy of the Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Miller at Waynesburg, both as leaders within the College and as parents to their eight children.
“Ms. Buchanan did a superb job of telling the story of the Miller family,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee, who accepted archival copies recently presented to the University. “Our University and our community are extremely fortunate to have someone with her dedication and ability devoted to such a meaningful project.”
Buchanan conducted research through documented student testimonies about the Millers in addition to family records and photographs. Throughout the book, she shares the history of Dr. Miller’s experiences at Waynesburg College as a student through his tenure as president, as well as Mrs. Miller’s days as a teacher.
“I am a third-generation Waynesburg graduate,” said Buchanan. “I have ancestors who actually studied under Alfred and Margaret and being part of the Waynesburg legacy is how I can connect to that couple.”
Buchanan earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Waynesburg University and Master of Arts in history from Duquesne University. She is the head of research and production at Genealogists.com, in addition to being a genealogy consultant for Memory Medallion, Inc. She is a certified genealogist by the Board for Certification of Genealogists in Washington, D.C.
To purchase the book, visit GreeneConnections.com or Amazon.com. The book is also available in the University’s Eberly Library.
Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.
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