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BSCTC graduate working as Associate Editor for the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

Jul 10, 2017

Stephany LangDr. Stephanie Lang sits at her office at the Kentucky Historical Society and thinks about her journey through higher education and into employment. 

For Dr. Lang, some of her fondest memories were at Prestonsburg Community College (now Big Sandy Community and Technical College). 

“As a new college student trying to make the transition from high school to higher education, attending PCC was one of the best decisions I ever made,” said Dr. Lang, who attended PCC from 1997-99.  “It provided me with a solid educational foundation – from the classes and the top-notch professors (who taught some of the best, and still my favorite, classes I had throughout my university years) – PCC gave me the opportunity to develop the leadership skills and confidence necessary to complete my college education and Ph.D.” 

Dr. Lang is currently the associate editor of the Registry of the Kentucky Historical Society and the coordinator of the society’s Research Fellowship program, which provides funding to scholars and graduate students whose research requires the use of the society’s collections. 

A native of Prestonsburg and graduate of Prestonsburg High School, Dr. Lang remembers the inspiration gained in an English class taught by former professor Dr. Timothy Skeen and History professor Dr. Tom Matijasic. 

“[Dr. Skeen] showed me how to research and write,” said Dr. Lang. “Along with the usual course requirements, Dr. Skeen worked with the class on an end-of-semester research paper project. I cannot stress enough how much this class prepared me for a future as a historian, teaching the basics of researching, analyzing, and writing which provided a foundation to build upon as I moved through my undergraduate and graduate school years.  Dr. Matijasic, my history professor, had a way of weaving together the larger historical narrative with interesting and sometimes humorous stories that helped students understand why history matters, why it should be studied, and how it influences our current national and international dialogue today. These lessons early in my college career continue to influence my own research as a historian and how I approach my career in public history.” 

Dr. Lang went on to earn her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Kentucky in Appalachian History.  She stayed at the University of Kentucky to work with Ron Eller and earned her Ph.D. in Appalachian History in 2009.  Her research focuses on the early history of the broad form deed in eastern Kentucky from the turn of the 20th century. 

During her time at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Lang also worked as project manager in the dean’s office in the College of Arts and Sciences and assistant editor of the College of Arts and Sciences magazine, Ampersand.  She also served as a Research and Genealogy Historian for the Polk County History Center in Bartow, Fla. 

Dr. Lang resides in Lexington, Ky. and returns to Prestonsburg often to visit family. 

BSCTC is currently enrolling for the fall semester.  The college has extended summer hours in July from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays.  Campuses are closed on Friday to conserve energy. 

For more information, visit bigsandy.kctcs.edu or call (606) 886-3863.