When the summer is over and Fall classes begin, this is the time when the NIAHD can regroup and really start evaluating the success of the previous summer and the progress of NIAHD as a whole. After 12 consecutive summers, the Pre-Collegiate Program has continued to grow and grow. Here’s a brief overview of the Program by the numbers:
As quickly as it began, Session 2 of the Pre-Collegiate Program came to a close on Friday evening. The last week of the program flew by even faster than the first as the students realized that their time for reading, finishing their journals, and spending time with new friends was far too fleating to savor. For both groups, the session ends with an in-depth look at one of two riotous and defining moments in US History. I’ll start with a glimpse of the trip highlights then continue scrolling down for a collection of pictures:
…the NIAHD Pre-Collegiate Program is about experiencing American history and college life first-hand. Even when the students aren’t on field trips, we’re always finding unique ways for them to continue learning about history. Here’s a brief overview of the exciting acitivities they had this summer:
During the second week of NIAHD, the Colonial and Civil War students traveled near and far in the pursuit of knowledge, experiencing duels, gothic ruins, and multi-seated necessaries along the way.
The blog has been quiet for the last week and a half, but not for lack of activity. In fact, it’s just the opposite. With the arrival of the students for 2nd Session, all hands are on deck and we are well underway. After the students arrived two Sundays ago, they had only a little time to get settled before the activities began. Here’s a look at the field trips and activities that have been keeping our students – and staff – so busy:
It is a “tradition,” it seems, that week three of the pre-collegiate program leaves little time time for reflection, and this year was no exception. If you have been reading our intermitent posts, you’ll note that we have yet to publish anything on the last week of the program. To close out session one, I will post a large collection of pictures from a variety of week-three sites, and you’ll also find the final formal post on our visit to Richmond’s antebellum industrial zone. We’ve enjoyed every minute and wish our students the best in their future endeavors. We hope to see you again.
During the second week of NIAHD, the Colonial and Civil War students experienced duels, gothic ruins, fireworks, and multi-seated necessaries.
Students Center on Slavery at Historic Houses
NIAHD 2013 began with a whirlwind two days of icebreakers and IDs, computers classes and campus tours, seminars and those infamous sign-out sheets. And just when our Pre-Collegiate students thought we would never stop holding their hands, they were set free upon the vast ocean of time…or, at least, into the humid clime of Tidewater Virginia. On Tuesday and Wednesday, vans loaded and heavy readings in tow, our Pre-Collegiate students headed out to the opposite bookends of the American colonial story.
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.