The last couple of months have been extraordinarily busy and gratifying for Associate Professor of History Tim McNeese '73. November saw the publication of three new books and the television premiere of the documentary “Black Jack Pershing: Love and War,” in which he was featured. Not to be outdone by those accolades, on December 5, McNeese successfully defended his dissertation, completing his PhD in History at Faulkner University.

​Dr. McNeese is in his 26th year at York College. 

McNeese’s newest books are through educational publisher InfoBase. Topics include the American industrial revolution of the early 1800s; the construction of the Panama Canal; and the American naval mission to open Japan to the outside world during the early 1850s. McNeese is the author of over 120 books on history for children, middle grades, high school, and college readers.

The hour-long documentary on the life of General John J. Pershing in which McNeese was featured, aired on Nebraska Educational Television (PBS) three times in November. McNeese appears often in the documentary as a historical expert on Pershing’s early life. Barney McCoy, Emmy award winning filmmaker, produced the documentary as well as a shorter version for NET's "Nebraska Stories" and related radio broadcasts for the NET Radio (NPR), which also featured McNeese and were aired in 2016. Television appearances are nothing new for McNeese, who was featured on the History Channel program “Risk Takers, History Makers” in 2006 and several episodes of “America: Facts Vs. Fiction” on the American Heroes Channel in 2014 and 2016.

Recently, McNeese also had an article published by Faulkner University in the fall issue of Journal of Faith and the Academy as part of a series on faith in literature. The article focused on morality as presented in selected works of William Shakespeare, including HamletKing LearMacbeth, and Othello. The publication is based on a paper McNeese presented at the Institute of Faith and the Academy’s annual conference.