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2014 Session 2 – Week 1

By all accounts, the first week of the Pre-Collegiate Program is the most challenging.  The students find themselves in unfamiliar environments surrounded by 60+ strangers.  But Pre-Col students persevere.  Driven by the desire to meet new people and a willingness to let our instructors turn everything they know about American history on its head, they [...]

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Jim Holloway Set the Stage for Session 2

Session 2 of the 2014 Pre-Collegiate Program has officially begun.  But before we sent our 50 new students out in the NIAHD vans, we whet their appetites for history with an introduction to historical interpretation by Jim Holloway, Director of Museum Education Services and Operations at the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.  Mr. Holloway returns every session with [...]

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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 Unwanted: A Review

One Woman Wonder: A Review of Colonial Williamsburg’s The Unwanted

Pin cushion displayed in Colonial Williamsburg’s “Threads of Feeling” exhibition
As people who have read this blog before know, I am a big fan of Colonial Williamsburg’s Wolf by the Ears. Great, great play to see. However, this article is not about Wolf by the Ears. This [...]

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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 Pre-Collegiate DOs and DON’Ts with Jefferson and Henry and Margaret

Dear Pre-Collegiate Students,
Hip! Hip! HUZZAH! It’s almost that most wonderful time of year: NIAHD time! Last year, I posted a list of ten rules that Pre-Collegiate students should follow. This year I decided to do something a little more different and creative. So, I will be presenting lists of 10 NIAHD DOs and 10 NIAHD [...]

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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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A Tale of Two Capitals

On Monday, the two seminars headed back out on field trips, focusing this week on the two great wars in Virginia history and the two capitals that were their stages.

 
The Civil War Seminar headed down to Hampton, VA to follow the steps of the Union forces as they attempted to capture Richmond in 1862. Fort [...]

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