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Richard G. Trefry Archives Exhibits

American Public University System’s Richard G. Trefry Archives contain documents and items that represent the history, development, and progress of the institution as its recorded memory.

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Academics at APUS: Education, Growth, and Success


Providing high quality higher education is an essential part of American Public University System's Mission. Since the University's founding in 1991, APUS has supported student scholarship and successful academic programs. APUS' academic achievements, student-body growth, and institutional milestones are represented in this Richard G. Trefry Archives Exhibit, Academics at APUS: Education, Growth, and Success. The items featured in this exhibit are a small sample of the University's academic awards, catalogs, programs, and student experiences.

Information provided by materials in this exhibit is not current. For the most up-to-date APUS information, please visit the University’s website.

If there are additional documents or information that you would like to contribute to the collections or this exhibit, please reach out to

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Awards of Excellence: APUS Achievements

Brownfield Renewal Award Ranson - Charles Town

From American Public University System's inception as American Military University (AMU) in 1991 to present day, the University has achieved significant milestones and unmatched accomplishments. These range from academic awards to business partnerships and green initiatives to student organization recognition. The Awards of Excellence: APUS Achievements exhibit proudly showcases a sample of the recognized accomplishments of the University.

If you are interested in researching additional accomplishments or expanding the archival collection, please contact University Archivist Laura Donahue at

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Commencement through the Years: Celebrating Graduates Then and Now


American Public University System’s Commencement is a special time for APUS. It is a chance for students, faculty, and staff to meet in-person and celebrate their impressive achievements. Commencement is made possible with help from dedicated APUS staff and volunteers. This Richard G. Trefry Archives exhibit chronicles the University’s past commencements, from the first graduation in the summer of 1996 when one student received their degree at the American Military University in Manassas, Virginia to today, celebrating thousands of graduates each year at the Gaylord National Convention Center at National Harbor.

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APUS and Military Educators: The History of the Influence on Security and Military Education

Richard G. Trefry in Uniform

American Military University, created in 1991, began with just a single Master’s Degree Program in Military Studies. American Public University System has since developed many security and military programs with the help of veteran faculty, a large military student population, and dedicated staff.

This featured exhibit highlights the influences military education has had on our friends, faculty, students, and staff and how that shaped the current security and military programs here at APUS. With donations of personal papers from Board of Trustees Member Lt. Gen. Richard G. Trefry, papers and photographs from Association of the United States Army, and documentation of APUS security and military programs over the last 25 years, the Richard G. Trefry Archives exhibits the history of the influence on security and military education.

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APUS in Charles Town: A History Told through University Archives

Etter Hall as Charles Town General Hospital

This exhibit displays the growth of American Military University, the creation of American Public University System, and the history of the University’s historic buildings in Charles Town, West Virginia. 

AMU reorganized into American Public Education, Inc. resulting in the establishment of APUS in 2002. The restructuring of AMU and the creation of American Public University transformed the University. The student population was growing and APUS moved headquarters from Manassas, Virginia to Charles Town. The University acquired 19th century buildings and restored them for modern office use, while preserving those historic properties. The changes are documented in archival papers and photographs, and tell the history of APUS in Charles Town.

Information provided by materials in this exhibit is not current. For the most up-to-date APUS information, please visit the University’s website.

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