Category Archives: Pre-Collegiate Program

Session 1 Wrap-Up – “Civil War” Course

At last, after two weeks of referring to this group of 24 students as the “Civil War” group, they finally got to move beyond the Antebellum era and begin studying the events and places that were directly affected by the Civil War.

Canal Walk/American Civil War Center/Tredegar Iron Works
Richmond.  The capitol of the Confederacy.  Industrial powerhouse [...]

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Session 1 Wrap-up – “Colonial” Course

For two weeks, “Colonial” students have tracked early American history over the course of almost 200 years beginning with the founding of Jamestown.  In the last week, they moved into the last decade of the colonial period leading to the American Revolution.  Never content to focus on only one aspect of any historical event, the [...]

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Session 1 Goes Beyond the Classroom

Students have been on the move since Day 1 of the Pre-Collegiate Program.  They have been to so many places and done so many new and exciting things, but it’s still hard to believe their time at W&M is almost up.  With Week 3 coming a close, allow us to reflect on aspects of the [...]

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Flash Mob – Pre-Col Edition

Ever wonder what people do for fun in Williamsburg?  Well, if you are a history lover attending the NIAHD Pre-Collegiate Program you break out and dance Colonial-style, of course!  For the past two weeks, students have had the option of participating in dance instruction as part of their extracurricular activities.  Under the direction of a [...]

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The Long and the Short of it

The academic core of the NIAHD Pre-Collegiate Program is learning through experience.  Readings and lectures provide background and context, discussions hone ideas; but, the students’ true understanding of history comes from seeing it for themselves.  Virginia is rich with historical treasures.  While many of these treasures can be found right here in Williamsburg, sometimes our [...]

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The Pre-Collegiate Program is Back!

The NIAHD Pre-Collegiate Program is back in action for another exciting summer!
An uncharacteristically cold winter that lengthened many school calendars was no deterrent for the fifty students who arrived in Williamsburg on Sunday.  Some of these students had not even been out of school for more than 72 hours before the Pre-Collegiate Program began.  The [...]

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Pre-Collegiate Program By the Numbers

When the summer is over and Fall classes begin, this is the time when the NIAHD can regroup and really start evaluating the success of the previous summer and the progress of NIAHD as a whole.  After 12 consecutive summers, the Pre-Collegiate Program has continued to grow and grow.  Here’s a brief overview of the [...]

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Give Me the Peninsula or Give Me Death!

Which fiery orator supported, even helped start, the American Revolution, but refused to sign the American Constitution? Who tried and failed at two separate occupations before becoming a successful attorney (by way of a bartender)?

Patrick Henry
The answer, of course, is Patrick Henry, the subject of today’s study. Colonial students began at Hanover County Courthouse, where [...]

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It Was Hot, and We Were Awesome

This weekend was kind of a giant sigh of relief for us, in more ways than one. Students enjoyed the break from classes, of course, while all of us were grateful that last weekend’s wild weather did not repeat itself!

Saturday, students again had the opportunity to experience archaeology firsthand at the Fairfield Plantation dig. Despite [...]

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Boats and Votes: The U.S.S. Monitor and Political Power in Colonial Virginia

Governor's Palace

Where does politics happen? Is it merely in the hallowed halls of Congress, on the campaign trail, in smoky back rooms? Or is it a part of people’s everyday lives? What about in the 18th century?
These were some of the questions Colonial students explored today in their examination of Colonial Williamsburg as a center [...]

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