The Pre-Col Courses: An Overview

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.


Published in: on July 22, 2016 at 11:22 am Comments (0)

Session 1 Comes to an End

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.


Published in: on July 15, 2016 at 4:05 pm Comments (0)

NIAHD Announces 13 Guest Speakers for Pre-Collegiate Summer Program

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:


Published in: on June 14, 2016 at 11:39 am Comments (0)

Amy, We’re Not in Colonial Williamsburg Anymore: In Which the Broadway Hit Hamilton is Seen and Reviewed



Published in: on April 19, 2016 at 7:42 pm Comments (0)

The Economy of Antebellum America: Industry and Slavery

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.


Published in: on August 4, 2015 at 10:56 am Comments (0)

Living the High Life in Colonial Virginia

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.


Published in: on August 3, 2015 at 12:28 pm Comments (0)

Session 2 continues with visits to Jamestown and Charlottesville

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.


Published in: on July 27, 2015 at 4:48 pm Comments (0)

So much to do, so little time

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.


Published in: on July 23, 2015 at 3:18 pm Comments (0)

The NIAHD Times Dispatch: A Video is Worth Many Words?

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Dear Parents/Readers,

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. 🙂

Published in: on July 18, 2015 at 7:08 pm Comments (0)

The NIAHD Times Dispatch #5: Just A Few Days More

            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.


Published in: on July 15, 2015 at 4:07 pm Comments (0)