Seminars & Events

Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference

On March 29 at George Washington University, four Saint Mary's students will present their research at the Phi Alpha Theta Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. The history department wishes them the best of luck.

Program Highlight

Historic St. Mary's City

The Colonial History Concentration takes advantage of our special relationship with Historic St. Mary's City, the first capital of Maryland and a colonial archeological site, research facility, and museum.


SMP Spotlight

Matt Anthony, "Pickin' Up the Pieces: Country-rock and the End of the Sixties," 2013.

“My St. Mary's Project offered a way for me to merge my love of popular music with my research interests. Working closely with my mentor, Dr. Chuck Holden, gave me an in-depth insight into the work of an historian. I had the opportunity to pursue research avenues that are not typically part of the undergraduate experience, including archival work at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library & Archives in Cleveland, Ohio, and conducting oral histories with several performers from the 1960s and 1970s. Even after a year of thorough research and writing, my SMP left me feeling that I have only scratched the surface of a very rich topic which I hope will be the basis of further study as I enter graduate school."




Charles Holden
Professor of History

Photo of Charles Holden

Departments: History
Office: Kent Hall, Room 325
Phone: (240) 895-4393


Dr. Holden's new book The New Southern University: Academic Freedom and Liberalism at UNC (published by the University Press of Kentucky) will be released in December, 2011.

Dr. Charles Holden co-led the study tour "Over There: The American Military Experience in France, WWI and WWII," with Dr. Adams in the summer of 2011.

He also presented his paper entitled "The Answer to Error is Not Terror but Liberty: Frank Porter Graham, World War II, and the Case for Racial Justice" at the Southern Historical Association's annual meeting in Charlotte, NC, on November 6, 2010.


Curriculum Vitae

Spring 2013 Courses

Previous Courses

  • HIST 200: American Civilization
  • HIST 316: US Thought: Colonial Period to Present
  • HIST 317: In Our Times: US from 1945 to Present
  • HIST 371: Rise of Modern America
  • HIST 395: Theories and Uses of History
  • HIST 408: The Civil War Era
  • HIST 415: Topics: American History - Post Civil War Southern History
  • HIST 415: Topics: American History - Progressive Era: Order and Paradox
  • HIST 415: Topics: American History - The Great Depression and New Deal
  • HIST 415: Topics: American History - Civil Rights Movement
  • HIST 415: Topics: American History - History of the Civil War Era
  • HIST 415: Topics: American History - The Lost Cause and Civil War Memory
  • HIST 494: St. Mary's Project
  • HIST 499: Independent Study
  • CORE 101: Elvis, McCarthyism, and Leave It to Beaver: Politics and Popular Culture in Post-WWII Era America
  • DMST 490: Seminar on Civic Engagement 

Recent Book


In the Great Maelstrom: Conservatives in Post-Civil War South Carolina

Examines how traditional thinkers both adjusted and clung to their beliefs long after the war.

Personal Information

Charles Holden
History Department
18952 E. Fisher Road
St. Mary's College of Maryland
St. Mary's City, MD 20686