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.
Session 2 of the 2015 Pre-Collegiate Summer Program in Early American History is off to a running start. In only four days, the 55 students who arrived this past weekend have already had a taste of nearly everything that NIAHD has to offer. Here’s a brief recap (with photos!) of what our students have been up to.
I apologize for this extremely short entry, but three weeks has left me rather weary. In lieu of words , I humbly submit the gift of an End of Session Video. I greatly hope that you enjoy this collection of images of trips, dancing, speakers and other activities. Your children had a wonderful time with us and we enjoyed having them. Enjoy the video. It’s long, but it has to be to show you how much is done at NIAHD.
Well, dear readers, we have reached the penultimate entry and the last week of the program. Your children have a fun and edifying experience learning about the history of Virginia, and how this history relates to the country at large. The last field trips will be tomorrow, and the last full day of the program will be Friday. These next few days will be filled with various tasks, but before I embark on those, I must relay what we have done the past several days.
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