About Dallas Institute

Stuart Lane

Stuart Smith

Faculty Member

I hold a Master of Science in History and a Bachelor of Science-Education in History both from Central Connecticut State University.

I was born and raised in the state of Connecticut where I developed a natural curiosity as to why things are the way they are. Specifically, town and street names which reveal so much about local history and explain the origin of names. The next street over was called Spoonville road. I asked my father when I was young, “How did it get its name?” Rather than tell me, my father brought me to the tiny town library and showed me how to conduct research. We found that there used to be a spoon factory down by the river and that is how the name came about. We even travelled to the river to see the old factory ruins. My love for research and history was born instantly.

I am the proud father of a daughter attending James Madison University studying Nursing.

Areas of interest in History are numerous including U.S. Colonial History and Cold War. The competing theories explaining the Salem Witch Trials fascinate me and I share the fascination with my students as they evaluate the plausibility of those theories.

I am an avid sports fan and have been to five Superbowls, an AFC Championship Game, and a World Series. 

I currently reside in the Shenandoah Valley town of Winchester, Virginia. The natural beauty combined with such a rich history are breathtaking.