We’ve reached the final day of activities for students of NIAHD’s Pre-Collegiate Summer Program in Early American History. When they first arrived, 3 weeks seemed like a long time, but now that we are so near the end we find ourselves wondering where did the time go? They’ve traveled all over Virginia (and even into North Carolina) to uncover the history of early America and Week 3 was no different. Here are a few highlights from the past week’s field trips and events.
Week 2 of Session 2 was a busy week (hence the reason for this tardy blog). So let’s dispense with overly-descriptive pleasantries and get right to the action.
Week one of NIAHD is already over and it certainly went fast! While students spent their days on trips across the state of Virginia, they had a number of opportunities to explore other aspects of history on evenings and the weekend.
Session 2 of the NIAHD Pre-Collegiate Program is off to an exciting start. Week 1 saw the introduction of students to the College of William and Mary and the start of their classes. They set out on field trips and have already logged over 450 miles travelled between the 2 courses. To give you a better appreciation for the relevance of these sites, here’s an overview of each of the courses that our students may be studying.
Welcome to the last, but still great, addition of the NIAHD blog! The students danced with the Heritage Dancers, went on a photographic scavenger hunt, and proved their skills by answering jeopardy questions on their respective courses. A little friendly competition never hurt anyone. Congratulations to the seminars who proved victorious.
Each summer, NIAHD invites historians, archaeologists, curators and historical character interpreters to speak with our students, lead behind-the-scenes tours and provide unique experiences that can’t be found in a typical classroom setting. This year, NIAHD is excited to welcome the following individuals:
Amy, We’re Not in Colonial Williamsburg Anymore: In Which the Broadway Hit Hamilton is Seen and Reviewed
Moving further into the 19th century, “Civil War” students took a look at the economy of a burgeoning new nation during Week 2 of the Pre-Collegiate Program. Centered around industry in the North and slavery in the South, America grew into a divided nation. As a border state, Virginia’s economy relied on both industry and slavery, evidence of which can still be studied and exhibited today.
During the colonial period, Virginia stood apart as the wealthiest of the original thirteen colonies, so it should be no surprise that its inhabitants were some of the wealthiest and most prominent settlers living in all of America at the time. In week 2 of the Pre-Collegiate Program, our “Colonial” students took in depth look at the life and times of some of Virginia’s richest residents by visiting the beautiful homes they built and the legacies they left behind.
Wrapping up Week 1 of the Pre-Collegiate Program students got up close and personal with history. Colonial students closed out their unit on the founding of Jamestown with an extremely hands-on visit to Jamestown Settlement while Civil War students got an unexpected surprise from one of America’s Founding Fathers.