Chapter 10 – Volunteering around the block: revisiting Block Island’s Manissean heritage by Benjamin Hruska
About: Benjamin Hruska, MA, 2004, recently completed a Ph.D. in public history at Arizona State University. His dissertation, “Baptized by Saltwater”, Acts of Remembrence and Commemoration Surrounding the USS Block Islands, CVE-21 & CVE-106, dealt with self-commeration of World War II era Sailors and Marines. Hruska currently serves as the Court Historian for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C. http://webs.wichita.edu/?u=history&p=/Alumni/
Benjamin Hruska serves as the Historian for the US Department of Defense’s US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in Washington, DC. Hruska’s duties include the launching of a new oral history project at the Courthouse and managing public programmes. He recently received his PhD in Public History from Arizonia State University and his dissertation covered the sinking of an American aircraft carrier in World War II. Before returning to graduate school, Hruska served as the Director of the Block Island Historical Society located on Block Island, Rhode Island. His duties there included operating the house museum, public programmes and the annual House and Garden Tour. Hruska has also earned an MA in Public History from Wichita State University. https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=Rk5WAgAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&authuser=0&hl=en&pg=GBS.PT24.w.4.0.47
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