The Thorny Rose: The Americanization Of An Urban, Immigrant, Working Class Regiment In The Civil War. A Social History Of The 39th New York Volunteer Infantry

Catherine C. "Chris" Catalfamo

Home Address: 
1190 Old Route 119 North, 
Indiana, Pa. 15701 

Work Address: 
Board of Directors, 
Historical & Genealogical Society of Indiana County 
200 South 6th Street 
Indiana, Pa. 15701 
(724)463-9600 (Volunteer)


Ph. D., 1989 in History, University of Texas at Austin

M.A. 1978; Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas

B.A. 1975 in History, Franconia College, New Hampshire

Also attended Chatham College, Antioch College, University of Vermont and University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.


1995-2004 Assorted classroom lectures in Education, Social Science and History at IUP and local schools.

1998: La Roche College, Pittsburgh, Pa., Summer Session: "Women in United States History.”

1989-1994 St. Vincent College, Latrobe, Pa Assistant Professor of History. (Disabled by sclerodermic renal failure in 1994)

1988-89 University of Texas, Assistant Instructor: Fall 1988-Spring 1989.

1988 Austin Community College, Summer-Fall 1988.

1987 Houston Community College, Spring-Summer, 1987. U.S. History 2.

1982-86 Austin Community College, part time, U.S. History 1 and 2. 1982-1986;

1980-81 University of Central Arkansas, U.S. History Survey, 1980-81.

1979 University of Arkansas, U.S. History Survey, 1979.

1978 Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas; Women in U.S. History, 1978

1976 Franconia College, 1976. Women in U.S. History; U.S. Civil War Military Strategy

(Courses taught include Latin American History, Slavery in the Americas, Immigrant Experience,

The Civil War, Women's History, The Revolutionary War, Public Histor and Museum Metodsy, Native-American

History and Culture, United States History Survey, American Civil War Military Tactics and Strategy, History and Literature of American Protest, United States History Survey I and II, International Folk Dancing


1972-82 Living History presentations at various NPS and state historic sites including Old Fort Washington, Oxon Hill, Maryland, various Civil War battlefields and Revolutionary War parks, Trans-Mississippi sites like Jefferson Barracks, Missouri and Fort Richardson, Texas. 1972 Arlington House, Va.(Custis-Lee Mansion) Park Aide, National Park Service 1973 Harper's Ferry National Historic Park: NPS Park Aide;

1974 University of Vermont/ Shelburne Museum Summer Program: "The Culture of Revolutionary America" 1975 NPS Military Arts Course, Petersburg National Battlefield, Petersburg,VA

1975 Instructor: NPS Military Arts Course: "Black and Ethnic Soldiers in the Civil War" for seasonal employees in Civil War Parks at Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro, Tenn. 1977 Museum Internship: Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas. Cataloguing Historical Clothing.

1977 Old Fort Scott, Kansas Historic Site. Interpretive planning and implementation.

1977 Chief Researcher and Writer: Arkansas Endowment for the Humanities Grant to Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park; Effect of the Civil War on Ozark Culture.

1979-81 Arkansas Territorial Restoration, Little Rock, Ark. Curator of Collections. Various exhibitions and programs including costumed “19th Century Musical Frolic” in four historical decades: 1790’s, 1830’s, 1840’s and 1850’s. With the Arkansas Chamber Singers; African-American History project. 1979: The Effect of the Civil War on Ozark Culture. Arkansas Endowment for the Humanities Grant. Interpretive Narrative for Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park. 1979 WINEDALE Museum Administration and Interpretation Seminar; Round Rock, Texas. 1980: Winterthur/American Association for State and Local History Seminar in the Conservation of Metal and Wood Artifacts. Winterthur Museum of Early American Culture, Delaware. 1983 Texas State Historical Association Convention, Houston, Texas; Presentation on "Living History and the Texas Sesquicentennial." 1983 Texas Italian American Symposium: “Our Grandmothers, Ourselves: Modern Women and the Italian American Family.” 1984 Texas Italian American Symposium, “The American People and the Italian Risorgimento.”

1986 New York State Historical Society Symposium, “Nation of Immigrants,” Paper title: “The Thorny Rose: The Americanization of Colonel Frederick George D’Utassy and the Garibaldi Guard 1861-63.” New York, New York. 1992: Director, Bicentennial of Bill of Rights Conference, St. Vincent College, Latrobe, Pa. 1992: TV Presentation, “The Constitution and Religious Freedom.” On “To Teach As Jesus Did.” Bishop Anthony Bosco's ACCENT

1994 Southern Association of Women Historians Convention, Houston, Texas. Paper: “Angels of Death: Grief, Ritual and Identity in the Personal Literature of Mid-Nineteenth Century Texas Women.”

1995 TV Presentation: “Religious Freedom in the American Colonies.” Bishop Anthony Bosco’s ACCENT. 1996: IUP African-American Heritage Conference: Planner, Presenter; "Doing the Right Thing in Indiana County 1850-2000" 1996 PHC Grant: Forum: Director, Planner, Facilitator, Presenter "Neighbors All! Community Building for the 21st Century in Indiana County." (From Anti-Slavery History to Civil Rights Oral History)

1997-2003: Founder and Facilitator of the Indiana County Underground Railroad Project

1997-2003: Assorted IUP lectures on History and Teaching, Women and Labor, etc.

1997-2004 Planner, Facilitator Indiana County NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner, Ethnic Heritage Social, and newsletter editor, Indiana County Branch NAACP Executive Committee 1999: Presenter, International Network to Freedom (UGRR) Educational Roundtable: National Civil War Trust Workshop:“The Connection Between the Underground Railroad and Civil War Battlefields.” Memphis, Tennessee. 2000: Presenter, International Network to Freedom (UGRR) Educational Roundtable "Was It About Slavery?” Baltimore, Maryland.

2000 Chosen Heritage Ambassador, Pennsylvania Heritage Week State Museum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Presenter, Statewide Workshop on the Underground RR, Dixon University Center, Harrisburg, Pa. ;Chair, Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County Sub-Committee on the Underground Railroad 1999-2003: Planner, Facilitator, Indiana County Juneteenth Celebration, Indiana County NAACP 2001: “Freedom in the Air: Indiana County’s Underground Railroad in Black and White.” IUP University Museum Exhibit planner, writer and co-curator. Catalog.February 2001: Appointed to the Board of Trustees, Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County, Museum Committee Chair.;Presenter, “The Holiest of Causes”(Anti-Slavery) Academy of Living and Learning, IUP Continuing Education; Presenter, Greater Pittsburgh Civil War Roundtable, : “Freedom in the Air: The Underground Railroad in Indiana County.”;Presenter, Indiana Free Library program on Slavery and the Civil War.

2001: Tours for the Indiana County Tourist Bureau; Mystery Tour; Writers’ Tour.;Banquet Speaker, Bruce-Hull Reunion, Keyser, WV (descendants of the Van Meter slaves), “Searching for Anthony Hollingsworth: Recapturing Fugitive American History.”;: Indiana Tourist Bureau Group Tour: Dillweed Bed and Breakfast, for the Mary Surratt Museum. (in period clothing with appropriate music), “The Underground Railroad in Indiana County.” ;Presenter, Second Annual Western Pennsylvania Underground Railroad Symposium: same topic as above

2002: Presenter, Pennsylvania State Black History Conference, York, Pa. ;Researcher, Facilitator, State Historical Marker, “The Rescue of Anthony Hollingsworth.” Descendants of Hollingsworth attended. Marker installed in front of 1870 Courthouse; Fugitive Slave Rescue took place on that corner in 1845. ;Recipient Grant Award from the Pa. Rural Arts Council ;Planner and Facilitator, 3rd Annual Western Pennsylvania Underground Railroad Symposium;Recipient Community Service Award, Indiana County NAACP’s Freedom Fund Dinner. Ongoing: Downtown Indiana’s Historical Plaque Project; Various programs including for nursing homes, Civil War Roundtables, community groups etc.

2003.-2004 President, Board of Directors, Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County.

: Various programs in Indiana County History, Scottish-Irish History and Church History at venues including Westmoreland County Historical Society, Graystone Presbyterian Church, First Presbyterian Church of Blairsvillle, Kiwanis Club, New Century Club and SCI Somerset BLACK HISTORY MONTH Kick-off, Cumberland, Md. Underground RR Gathering; Planner, State Historical Marker on Fugitive Slave Rescue, Blairsville, PA. Planner, Local Steering Committee Statewide Black History Conference 2004. PHMC.

2005: Planner, PHC Statewide Civil War Sesquicentennial Planning Meeting; Recipient, NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet Service Award.

2006: Blairsville Fugitive Slave Rescue of 1858, Main Street revitalization project. Diversity Tourism Grant program planner; Member-at-Large, Board of Directors, Historical Society; Executive Committee Indiana County NAACP.

This dissertation was typed by the author.
It has been formatted for the web by the New York State Military Museum and has been posted here with the permission of the author.

Copyright by Catherine Catalfamo, 1989