Author Archives: David Corlett

…and Session 1 Ends

It is a “tradition,” it seems, that week three of the pre-collegiate program leaves little time time for reflection, and this year was no exception.  If you have been reading our intermitent posts, you’ll note that we have yet to publish anything on the last week of the program.  To  close out session one, I [...]

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Week Two Flashed By…

During the second week of NIAHD, the Colonial and Civil War students experienced duels, gothic ruins, fireworks, and multi-seated necessaries.

Power and Deference in the Virginia Colonial Period
Courthouses, churches, and personal homes served as teaching tools for the Colonial Seminar in the first part of the second week. Students learned how brick by brick, generation by [...]

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Slavery and Historic Houses–the End of Week 1

Contributed by Kyra Zemanick and Nichole Lidstrom, Resident Program Assistants
Students Center on Slavery at Historic Houses

The first week of NIAHD ended with a flurry of excitement. As the deadline approached for the firs online journal entry, the students returned to their notes and readings to recall the fun times they spent at historical sites and [...]

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Riding the Whirlwind–The First Days at NIAHD, Session1

NIAHD 2013 began with a whirlwind two days of icebreakers and IDs, computers classes and campus tours, seminars and those infamous sign-out sheets. And just when our Pre-Collegiate students thought we would never stop holding their hands, they were set free upon the vast ocean of time…or, at least, into the humid clime of Tidewater [...]

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The Essence of NIAHD–A Summer Pre-Collegiate Alumna Reflects

Contributed by Lena Zlock, Pre-Collegiate Program 2012
It is tempting to think NIAHD is “history camp”: severely antisocial nerds huddle together, squealing over George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. This is something I personally may do, but NIAHD is far from perpetuating the dweeb stereotype. It is a thrilling warp in the fabric of time, where the [...]

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NIAHD at (almost) 12

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 [...]

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Mea Culpa! Second Session’s First Half in a Nutshell

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 [...]

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“This is a Revolution darnnit! You’re going to have to offend somebody!”

**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 [...]

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The Grandest House in America…and Monticello

* 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 [...]

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James(town) and James(Monroe)

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 [...]

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