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CVCC's Eller Named Hickory Tavern DAR Chapter History Teacher of the Year

Richard Eller, Catawba Valley Community College history faculty member, has received the Outstanding Teacher of American History Award from the Hickory Tavern chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

06/22/2017

A member of CVCC’s history faculty since 1999, Eller teaches history classes available to high school students through the Promise Scholars Initiative. Well-known for his documentary film work, last year he produced “Miracle” commemorating the 72nd anniversary of the first patient admitted to the Hickory Emergency Polio Hospital. Collaborating with students and fellow CVCC faculty members, the project featured vivid first-hand polio survivors’ recollections of the hospital original home movie footage contributed by the survivors. It is scheduled to air on North Carolina Public Television later this summer.

Eller is the Historian in Residence at the Historical Association of Catawba County in Newton. He has produced 18 documentary films including “Speedbird: The History of Piedmont Airlines,” which aired on UNC-TV. “Speedbird” was based on “Piedmont Airlines: A Complete History,” a book he authored. Known for his passion about the past, has developed a number of travel/study experiences at CVCC where students do more than read textbooks and listen to lectures. He has taken students to the site of historical events, including the Battle of the Bulge at Normandy, the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, Ala., Gettysburg and many others.

Richard Eller (center), Catawba Valley Community College history faculty member, has received the Outstanding Teacher of American History Award from the Hickory Tavern chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Pictured (left) are Betsy V. Deitz, Hickory Tavern Chapter DAR Regent; and Violet H. Hatchett, History Teacher Chapter Chairwoman.

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