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Member Spotlight: Carol Polkinghorne

Few can claim to be as integrally involved with and responsible for CWHI’s success as Carol Polkinghorne, who has been reenacting for more than 15 years. During this time, she has played a crucial role in the founding of one of CWHIs oldest associate organizations, the Dixie Rose Relief Society. As a “Dixie Rose”, Carol specializes on the impact women had on the American Civil War and how the war impacted women and children on the home front.

In addition to education, Carol has also dedicated herself to the preservation of history, ranging from raising money to conserve artifacts, fund internships, and clean headstones. Much of this work is accomplished behind the scenes, but its results are significant and leave a lasting mark which many students, other organizations, and the descendants of Civil War soldiers have appreciated.

More importantly, Carol is one of the principal members responsible for the founding of CWHI itself and successfully obtaining its non-profit status as a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the missions of American Civil War education and preservation. Without Carol’s significant contributions from the very beginning, our organization wouldn’t be nearly as successful, well-known, or respected.

Carol also brings more than 25 years of experience in business management to the table. During her career, she has specialized in human resources and the strategic development of businesses. As such, she is both the Director of Civilian Programs and responsible for the role of Human Resources on CWHI’s board. She also specializes in grant acquisitions to assist CWHI’s fundraising efforts and apply funds to the organization’s philanthropic pursuits.

Carol is a valued member of our organization whose commitment to education and preservation is second to none! We thank Carol for all that she has done for the betterment of our organization’s impact and success. Given her accomplishments thus far, we eagerly anticipate the results of her future endeavors in support of our mission. Carol, thank you for all that you have done and will do for CWHI!