Department of History

Keith S. Hebert

Keith S. Hebert Associate Professor and Public History Program Officer
313 Thach Hall
(334) 844-4358
heberks@auburn.edu

Office Hours

  • By appointment

Profile

Keith S. Hebert joined the Auburn University faculty in 2014 where he directs the department's public history certificate program and offers courses in public history and southern history.  Previously, Hebert worked for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Historic Preservation Division as the state historian.  His research focuses on the Confederate home front during the American Civil War and the role that white supremacy played in the development of Civil War memory.  His first book, The Long Civil War in the North Georgia Mountains: Confederate Nationalism, Sectionalism, and White Supremacy in Bartow County, Georgia, was released in 2017.  He also has published an essay in the Georgia Historical Quarterly and book chapters in Reconstructing Appalachia: The Civil War’s Aftermath, Breaking the Heartland: The Civil War in Georgia, and World and National Registers of Historic Places: Stewardship in Perspective. His second book, The Administrative History of Horseshoe Bend National Military Park was released in 2019 and published by the National Park Service.  Hebert also co-curated an exhibit “With Georgia’s Best Interest at Heart: Thomas B. Murphy,” on permanent display at the University of West Georgia Ingram Library, and co-curated and designed the Leake Mounds Interpretive Trail website.  He has written numerous successful applications for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, including nominations for Paradise Garden and Pasaquan-two nationally significant examples of American visionary art environments.    Currently, Hebert is preparing a history of Confederate Vice-President Alexander Stephens's Cornerstone Address.  The book will examine the historical and popular memory of white supremacist rhetoric from the late antebellum period through the Civil War Sesquicentennial.

Education

Ph.D. Auburn University (2007)

M.A. Virginia Tech (2001)

B.A. University of West Georgia (1998)

Representative Publications

Books:

The Administrative History of Horseshoe Bend National Military Park. Washington, D.C.: National Park Service, 2019.

The Long Civil War in the North Georgia Mountains: Confederate Nationalism, Sectionalism, and White Supremacy in Bartow County, Georgia. Knoxville:  University of Tennessee Press, 2017.

Articles:

“The Psychedelic Assisi in the Southern Pines: Pasaquan, Visionary-Art Environments, and the National Register of Historic Places.” Celeste Guichard, ed. World Heritage and National Registers: Stewardship in Perspective. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2014.

“The Bottomless Pit of Hell”: The Confederate Home Front in Bartow County, Georgia: 1864­-1865.” John Fowler and David Parker, eds. Civil War in Georgia Sesquicentennial. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2011.

“Reconstruction-­Era Violence in North Georgia: The Mossy Creek Ku Klux Klan’s Defense of Local Autonomy.” Andrew L. Slap, ed. Reconstruction in Appalachia: Collected Essays. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 2010.

“The Bitter Trial of Defeat and Emancipation: Reconstruction in Bartow County, Georgia: 1865­-1872,” Georgia Historical Quarterly 92 (2008), 65-92.

Last Updated: August 14, 2019