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College and Post-Graduate Level Internship Program

A multi-disciplinary intern program provides an opportunity for students to experience firsthand work in a major historical repository with an institutional focus on training students towards careers in history-related fields. Interns will research primary and secondary source materials from the collections of the Army Heritage and Education Center’s Military History Institute (MHI) and Army Heritage Museum (AHM) for use in the development of teaching tools for teachers in grades K-12, as they relate to American history. For more information about internships the AHCF offers, please visit our internship page.


The Robert L. Ruth and Robert C. Ruth Fellowship

The Fellowship is offered to graduate students enrolled in a graduate-level history program at an accredited university or college located in the United States. The Fellowship is presented annually for a concentrated 3 week period during the summer with the Army Heritage Center Foundation. Funding for the award is graciously provided by AHCF Board Member, Christopher Gleason, in memory and to honor the service of family members Robert L. Ruth, World War II, and Robert C. Ruth, Vietnam.

Applicants are not limited to topics of military history, but may apply to work on any topic that can be supported by the USAHEC collection.  Applicants are encouraged to consult USAHEC's online catalog and identify resources they would like to utilize for their research in their application.  

Applications will be evaluated based on the quality of the application and extent to which the holdings at USAHEC support the research topic. 

Applications are due to the Foundation by February 28th. Notification is provided to the recipient by April 1st. For more information and the application form, click or contact the Foundation at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 717.258.1102.



Ruth Fellowship Application

The Professor Russell F. Weigley Award

The James A. Barnes Club, a graduate student history association, was created in 1966 in honor of long-time Temple University History Department faculty member, James A. Barnes. The Club fosters a sense of community among graduate students in Temple University’s History Department. The annual conference, begun in 1996, sponsored by the James A. Barnes Club is open to all graduate students across the United States and overseas to foster intellectual, methodological and professional interaction. Graduate students submit proposals for individual papers and/or panel presentations on any topic, time period, or approach in history.

The Army Heritage Center Foundation honors Russell F. Weigley, a Temple University History Department faculty member from 1930 to 1966, with a financial award for the best paper with a military history focus that is presented at the annual Barnes Club Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Weigley was considered among the elite of our nation's military historians.

Submitted papers are reviewed by a panel of five historians with a specialty in military history.


Weigley Awardees:


First Place: Jeong Min Kim,  "American GIs, Korean Women, and the Black Market during the Korean War (1950-1953) "

Honorable Mention:  Mark R. Folse, University of Alabama, "The Impact of the Great War on Marines in Hispaniola, 1917-1919" 


First Place: Robert Hutchinson,  "Friendly Advice: German General Staffers and the Foreign Military Studies Program, 1945-1954"

Honorable Mention:  Thomas A. Reinstein, Temple University.  "Tonto As Official Policy: The Kit Carson Scouts and Frontier Mythology in the US-Vietnam War" 


First Place:  Martin G. Clemis, Temple University. “Violent Pacification: Force, Coercion, and the ‘Other War’ in Vietnam, 1968-1972”

Honorable Mention:  Patrick Gartland, Temple University.The Question of Loyalty: Japanese-American Student Relocation in World War II”

Honorable Mention:  John Worsencroft, Temple University. “Family Matters: The United States Army, Family, and the Search for Stability, 1980-1984”


First Place: Alec Lalonde, The Royal Military College of Canada. “Why ‘Europe First’?: The Economic and Ideological Underpinnings of America’s Europe-First Strategy, 1940-1941”

Honorable Mention: Ryan Johnson, Temple University. Silent Casualty: Chemical Warfare and the Environment on the Western Front” 


First Place:  Matthew Cheser, University of Maryland.  "The Many Deaths of General Braddock:  Remembering Braddock, Washington, and Fawcett at the Battle of the Monogahela, 1755-1855" 

Honorable Mention:  Gerald F. Goodwin, Ohio University.  "'You're the same as us':  African-American Soldiers and the Vietnamese"


First Place:  Earl J. Catagnus, Jr., Temple University.  "Innovation and Adaptation in the U.S. Army Infantry, 1930-1941"

Honorable Mention:  Christopher Golding, Temple University.  "British Combined Operations of the Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Copenhagen and the Walcheren Expedition"


First Place: John Castaldo, Temple University. "Our Mohammedan Moros: American Perceptions of the Moro People during the Military Occupation of Southern Philippines, 1902-1913"

Honorable Mention: Martin G. Clemis, Temple University. "An Unprecedented Collaboration: Academic Participation in Counterinsurgency Doctrine during the Cold War and Today"


First Place: Erik Mathisen, University of Pennsylvania. "Schools of Citizenship: Allegiance & Statecraft in the Confederate Army, 1861-65"

Honorable Mention: Jason Smith, Temple University. "Instrument of Imperialism: The United States Navy’s Hydrographic Office, 1890-1904"


First Place: Richard Grippaldi, Temple University. "The Best Possible Appointments Should Be Made: The Officers of the U.S. Regiment of Dragoons and Military Professionalism"

Honorable Mention: Eric Klinek, Temple University. "The Army’s Orphans: The United States Replacement System during World War II and Its Impact on Combat Effectiveness"