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Author Archives: David Corlett
It is hard to believe that NIAHD is well into its second decade, and Jim and Carolyn Whittenburg’s concept of an interdisciplinary public history program has grown into its title. We now draw students from all corners of the country (internationally as well), we offer courses and programs from the pre-collegiate level to advanced undergraduate [...]
My apologies for the long delay in reporting on second session. It seems that I underestimated the time it would take to write daily blog entries along with traveling, teaching a section, and completing the rest of my administrative duties. Mea culpa!
For writeups on the visits and visitors, I will refer you to previously written [...]
**Written by Nichole Lidstrom
The First Session of the NIAHD Pre-Collegiate program is particularly special because the Fourth of July falls precisely in the middle of the three-week course. Other than Philadelphia, is there any better place to celebrate this uniquely American holiday? The students braved the crowds in Colonial Williamsburg (aka CW) to see the [...]
* This was jointly written by Nichole Lidstrom and Amelia Butler.
The Ruins of Rosewell
Four stories. Sixteen fireplaces. Dozens of intricate window keystones. A quartet of marble-topped chimneys. Roswell was the grandest structure that early eighteenth-century visitors to the house had ever seen, and yet most NIAHD students have never heard of it. The students and [...]
James(town) vs. James(Monroe)
John Smith Standing in for Jamestown Island
James Monroe and his manager, Dolley
Thursday was a highlight of the Pre-Collegiate program for both the “Colonial” and “Civil War” courses, with visits to historic Jamestown Island and to the central Virginia home of President James Monroe. Win-Win!
Jamestown Island Rediscovery
It is fortunate that the Colonials went to [...]
Fantasmagorical–I did not make up that word! It came from the mouth of Thomas Jefferson, or at least Bill Barker, who portrays Jefferson for Colonial Williamsburg, when he spoke to our students yesterday afternoon. Though the Oxford English Dictionary does not recognize it as a word, fantasmagorical (fantastic, amazing, magical) sums up the Pre-Collegiate Program [...]
Day 1 Down–Day 2 Beginning!
The first day and half of the NIAHD Pre-Collegiate Program ended with relative quiet last night, and it is no mystery why. Sunday afternoon and Monday are fast paced and overwhelming. Sunday night the students were introduced to the instructional, administrative and residential staff of the program, followed by a brief overview of [...]
The American Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration is currently churning its way up the Virginia Peninsula far faster than George McClellan and his army. Unlike the Virginia Creeper, who failed in his objective to take Richmond, the modern commemoration of the events of 1862 seem to be achieving its goals—educate the public, honor the actions [...]
Down in the Old Belt: Voices from the Tobacco South captures Virginia’s long and entwined history with tobacco from before Jamestown to the 2004 Tobacco Buyout. The film presents both the opportunities and demands of tobacco farming and how tobacco has defined the labor, economy, and culture of agricultural communities in Virginia. Awarded Best Documentary [...]
The Twelve Days of NIAHD
Nicole Lidstrom and Amelia Butler
On the first day of NIAHD
Dr. Whittenburg gave to me
The thick milkshake of history
On the second day of NIAHD
The College gave to me
Two Drs. Whittenburg
And the thick milkshake of history
On the third day of NIAHD
The UC gave to me
Three meals a day
Two Drs. Whittenburg
And the thick milkshake [...]