Larry E. Tise

larry tise, history

Wilbur & Orville Wright
Distinguished Professor of History
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Phone: 252.328.1026
Office: Brewster A-312
Fax: 252.328.6774
E-mail: tisel@ecu.edu


Larry E. Tise is a specialist in American history from the American Revolution to the Civil War, in public history, in history administration (archives, museums, historic sites, historic preservation, and publications), and in the history and administration of awards, honors, and prizes worldwide. But he also focuses on specific topics in American and world history including Wilbur & Orville Wright and the culture of early flight; fascism in the US and France; the world of Walter Raleigh, John White, and Thomas Harriot. His A.B. degree is from Duke University from which he also holds a Master of Divinity degree. His publications represent the diversity of his interests: Hidden Images in the Wright Brothers Photographs: Kitty Hawk 1900-1911 (2005); Benjamin Franklin and Women (2001); The American Counterrevolution: A Retreat from Liberty (1998); and Proslavery: A History of the Defense of Slavery, 1700-1840 (1978).

Tise was one of the founders and the second president of the National Council on Public History; was a founder and the third president of the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers; and one of the early presidents of the National Association of State Archives and Records Administrators (now the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators). He was the founder and first president of the International Congress of Distinguished Awards of which he is still president (1992-pres.).

Prior to beginning an association with East Carolina University, Tise was Director of the North Carolina Division of Archives and History, Raleigh, NC, 1974-1981; Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, PA, 1981-1987; Executive Director, American Association for State and Local History, Nashville, TN, 1987-1989; and Executive Director of the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, Philadelphia, PA, 1989-1997. He served concurrently as State Historic Preservation Officer in both North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

In addition to teaching at East Carolina, Tise has assisted the university and Harriot College organize their participation in activities surrounding the centennial of the first powered flight of the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk in 2003 and is presently engaged in organizing activities relating to the quadricentennial of benchmarks in the lives of Walter Raleigh and his American colonization partners Thomas Harriot and John White.

Courses Offered

HIST 5005. Special topics in American history.
HIST 6025. The Early National Period of American history.
HIST 3030. The Middle Period of American history.