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 hands of history stretch out beyond the muted tome. Lifted from stone words, the past is tangible, in plantation ruins; archaeology features; the jaw of a colonial dog; and the brown waters of Jamestown (it cannot be unseen!). Words can only convey so much of the essence of NIAHD: this account is a snippet of the places you will encounter, the people you will see, and the ideas that will challenge you.
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 DON’Ts with a little bit of written explanation and photo explanations with help from my two lovely assistants/ pretend NIAHD students, Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry. Don’t get excited, it’s not the CW versions, who you will be seeing during the NIAHD program, but rather doll versions of the Founding Fathers. Yes, they are mine, not a younger relative’s dolls. I have no shame in admitting that. Well, let’s first go through what Pre-Collegiate shouldn’t do while they are at the program.
Instead of an article I am posting a video I made for Patrick Henry’s Birthday on May 29th. By the time this is posted it’ll be a day late. My apologies! I had an 8 hr shift at work. But I hope you all enjoy the video.
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It is hard to believe that NIAHD is well into its second decade, and Jim and Carolyn Whittenburg’s concept of an interdisciplinary public history program has grown into its title. We now draw students from all corners of the country (internationally as well), we offer courses and programs from the pre-collegiate level to advanced undergraduate studies, and we have become a recognized institution at William and Mary.
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)?