An alumnus of Brevard College to discuss her book “American Animals of World War II”

A 2003 graduate of Brevard College, Toni McCourt Kiser has always been fascinated by history, and it’s no surprise she wrote a book about World War II, according to one of her former professors, Dr. Margaret L. Brown.

Kiser, who now works at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, will return to his old college on October 20 to present his book, “Loyal Forces: The American Animals of World War II,” a program that is hosted by the Brevard College History Program and the Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas. The program will begin at 2 p.m. at the Ingram Auditorium.

Brown, the history program coordinator at Brevard College, said Kiser was a past president of Hobby, which is the Brevard College History Club. Kiser was a history major in British Columbia and later earned her master’s degree in museum studies in Washington, D.C.

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“Toni had a passion for history that made her an excellent student,” Brown said in the press release. “She wrote an outstanding senior project on the iconography of Catherine of Siena.”

After receiving her master’s degree, she interned at the Biltmore Estate, working with its rare book collection and cataloging and reporting on the condition of 19th-century rare works. She also worked for the Freemasons at its headquarters and official archives in Washington DC, according to the release.

“At first, I really wanted to work in a historic house like the Biltmore or Allison Deaver. When the US Navy stationed my husband in New Orleans, I applied for museum jobs there,” Kiser said in the press release. “I had an interest in WWII since my grandfather was a Guadalcanal Navy veteran.”

Kiser first worked as a Registrar at the National World War II Museum, and now she is Senior Registrar and Director of Collections Management.

“On a physical level, I’m responsible for proper housing, monitoring and preparing for an exhibit, also noting what needs to be kept. Intellectually, I ensure donations and purchases meet all legal and ethical standards, proper cataloging and standardized nomenclature, and set the standards for our cataloging manual and database,” he said. she declared.

The idea for “Loyal Forces”, which she co-wrote with Lindsey Barnes, grew out of Kiser’s work as a curator. Barnes and Kiser convinced the museum director to let them put on an exhibit about service animals. According to the release, the dogs have served as mascots for many individual units; horses took part in the last mounted cavalry charge in U.S. Army history; and 36,000 carrier pigeons helped deliver messages.

The exhibit proved very popular with visitors, and the Louisiana State University press contacted Barnes and Kiser to turn their project into a book.

His October 20 presentation will be streamed live on Facebook and will be posted later on YouTube. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing by Kiser.

Angela C. Hale