Santos, Michael W(ayne) 1956-

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SANTOS, Michael W(ayne) 1956-

PERSONAL: Born December 3, 1956, in New Bedford, MA; son of Joaquim (a rubber worker) and Gilda (a rubber worker; maiden name, Borges) Santos; married Mary-Colin Hyder (a music teacher and proprietor of a music school), February 14, 1987; children: Nathaniel Joseph. Ethnicity: "Portuguese ancestry." Education: Stonehill College, B.A., 1978; Carnegie-Mellon University, M.A., 1979, D.Arts, 1984. Religion: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Hobbies and other interests: Biking, hiking, sailing, modeling.

ADDRESSES: Offıce—Center for the History and Culture of Central Virginia, Lynchburg College, 1501 Lakeside Dr., Lynchburg, VA 24501. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER: Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, instructor in history, 1983-84; Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA, professor of history and director of Center for the History and Culture of Central Virginia, 1984—. Greater Lynchburg Habitat for Humanity, member of board of directors, 1988; Lynchburg Historical Foundation, member of board of directors, 1999-2000; Fire Fighters' Museum of Central Virginia, vice president of board of directors, 2002—.

MEMBER: Churches for Urban Ministry (member of board of directors and chair of strategic planning committee, 2001—).

AWARDS, HONORS: Gerald E. Morris Prize, best essay in maritime history, Mystic Seaport Museum, 1996, for "The Real Captains Courageous: Romanticism and Reality in the Last Days of Fishing under Sail;" Shirley Rosser Excellence in Teaching Award, Lynchburg College, 1999; T. A. Abbott Award for Faculty Excellence, Disciples of Christ Division of Higher Education, 2000.


Caught in Irons: North Atlantic Fishermen in the LastDays of Sail, Susquehanna University Press (Selinsgrove, PA), 2002.

A Beacon through the Years: A History of LynchburgCollege, 1903-2003, Donning Publishing (Virginia Beach, VA), 2004.

Contributor to reference books. Contributor of articles and reviews to periodicals, including Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Business History Review, Labor History, Sea History, Northern Mariner, and American Neptune. Member of editorial board, Lynch's Ferry: Journal of Local History, 2000—.

WORK IN PROGRESS: An industrial history of Lynchburg, Virginia.

SIDELIGHTS: Michael W. Santos told CA: "I write because I am an historian and a teacher. History, by definition, is storytelling, but storytelling with a purpose. It informs us about who we are and where we have come from. It is the source of our identity. There are legacies to be understood, heritages to be cherished, and lessons to be learned from studying the past and from considering its continuing power to define our lives and time."

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