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Crosby Lecture Series to host Library of Congress librarian

Olivia Sanvicente Feb 6, 2024
Candice Buchanan

Waynesburg University will host Waynesburg alumna Candice Buchanan on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall as part of the Crosby Lecture Series. Buchanan is a reference librarian in the history and genealogy section at the Library of Congress.

Admission to the lecture is free and open to the public.

Buchanan’s lecture, “We Will Do Great Things: Waynesburg’s Early Female Alumnae and the Success of Coeducation,” will explore the unique history of Waynesburg University through the stories of its earliest students and faculty, focusing on women’s experiences in collegiate coeducation during the University’s first 75 years, from 1849 to 1924.

Buchanan grew up in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, and received an early education in family and local history from volunteers at the Cornerstone Genealogical Society. She is a third-generation graduate from Waynesburg University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in history followed by a Master of Arts in public history from Duquesne University. In 2001, Buchanan created the Greene County, Pennsylvania Archives Project to digitize original photographs and documents for public access.

Prior to her position at the Library of Congress, Buchanan was a genealogist and archivist at Memory Medallion, Inc., and at the Orphans’ Court at the Greene County Courthouse.

She has authored and co-authored several local history publications, including “A Waynesburg College Family: The Legacy of Alfred Brashear & Margaret Kerr (Bell) Miller.”

The Crosby Lecture Series is funded by Glenn A. and Jane Lichtenfels Crosby, 1950 magna cum laude graduates of Waynesburg University, and brings visiting scholars to the University who are distinguished in their disciplines.

Consistently ranked a best value school, Waynesburg University’s Strategy for the 21st Century affirms its commitment to developing an entrepreneurial mindset and ethical leadership skills for all students. Rooted in its mission of faith, learning and service, the private, Christian university is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with an additional site for graduate and professional programs in Southpointe.