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Speaker: Billy Yeargin, MLS
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High Point Museum
(January 14, 2015) â€" The High Point Museum Guild is pleased to have Billy Yeargin, a North Carolina Humanities Council Road Scholar, speak at its January monthly meeting.
The meeting will be held Wednesday, January 21 at 10 am at the High Point Museum. The presentation entitled: â€œRobert E Lee: The Autumn of His Lifeâ€� will take the audience on a personal journey with Lee, a man of character and spiritual dedication, as he took his place in American culture and history, a place where he was afforded the opportunity to address his passion of nurturing the reconciliation and growth of others. Since 1995, Yeargin has taught Southern Culture at Duke University and US History, Humanities and Philosophy, Southern Culture and Public Speaking at various community colleges in North Carolina.
(January 14, 2015) - The High Point Museum Guild is pleased to have Billy Yeargin, a North Carolina Humanities Council Road Scholar, speak at its January monthly meeting.
The meeting will be held Wednesday, January 21 at 10 am at the High Point Museum. The presentation entitled: "Robert E Lee: The Autumn of His Life" will take the audience on a personal journey with Lee, a man of character and spiritual dedication, as he took his place in American culture and history, a place where he was afforded the opportunity to address his passion of nurturing the reconciliation and growth of others. Since 1995, Yeargin has taught Southern Culture at Duke University and US History, Humanities and Philosophy, Southern Culture and Public Speaking at various community colleges in North Carolina.
"If you are on the inside, you understand how these things happen, as they do in any other business," said W.W. "Billy" Yeargin Jr., a 1958 Oak Ridge Military Academy graduate who was announced Thursday as the fourth president in just over two years.
Yeargin, who was hired two months ago as headmaster, said he also has the authority to act as president. A former trustee who still wears the school ring, Yeargin said he assured parents and cadets this week that despite the frequent changes in leadership, the nation's second-oldest military school is stable. The school has nearly 90 cadets, up from 50 last year. Just 12 are day students. "The only time the school has closed was during the Civil War when the cadets went off to fight for the Confederacy," Yeargin said. "This school is on solid footing. It's operating in the black. In fact, Oak Ridge Military Academy is stronger today than it has been in years." Yeargin is a former educator who has developed curriculum for state community colleges and taught adult education at Duke University. He is a former legislative aide to former U.S. Sen. In a statement, Chairman James Savage touted Yeargin's "experience and passionate support for the academy as a major ingredient for the growing success for the school, as well as the success the ORMA graduates can look forward to in their life." Yeargin replaced Robert Rossi, a retired Army Reserve officer and alumnus who was hired as president and headmaster - a merger of the jobs - five months ago. Yeargin said he resigned for personal reasons. Yeargin said his short-term and long-term goals are to leave the school better than when he got it. "Our goal is to double enrollment in the next year and then double it again in the next year," he said. Yeargin, who came aboard at the beginning of the school term as headmaster, will now also serve as acting president, according to a press release from the board of trustees. As headmaster, Yeargin replaced Marion "Woody" Gibson. "The Academy has done so much for young people since its beginnings in 1852 and, no doubt, has made a huge difference in hundreds of thousands of lives since its 19th century inception," Yeargin said in a statement from the school. "We will work harder and more effectively in the coming years to ensure that the legacy of an Oak Ridge education becomes even more of an appreciate asset in the future of those who enjoy the higher quality of our educating process." A former Oak Ridge Academy board member, Yeargin is a former educator who has developed curriculum for various North Carolina community colleges and taught adult education at Duke University. The former legislative aide to former U.S.
Billy Yeargin, who teaches at Duke University and Pitt Community College, entitled his talk on these generals "Lee and Jackson: The Dynamic Duo.
Yeargin earned a masters degree in liberal studies from Duke and also studied at Oxford University. "It never fails to inspire me to speak to folks dedicated to preserving Southern heritage," Yeargin said. "You are here tonight to keep alive something that's near and dear to us all." Yeargin explained that by the opening of the war, Lee was the Lincoln administration's top choice to lead Union forces to suppress what Lincoln termed "the rebellion. Yet Lee opposed slavery, Yeargin said. "Lee said dozens of times - and his words were printed on three or four occasions - that slavery was not only detrimental to the slaves, but the institution was also a detriment to the slave owners," Yeargin said. "From that point on, Jackson devoured the scriptures," Yeargin said. Yeargin said that even during the war Jackson sent money home to be used to further the education of those held in bondage. "These two men did more for the Christian faith in the South than any other two men," he said. "We admire them even today for their Christian faith." Yeargin said that while their military exploits changed the tactics and strategies of war, their faith changed the hearts of the Southern people.