Details on the upcoming interdisciplinary conference on the study and interpretation of Virginia History and culture can be found here: http://www.virginiaforum.org/2014-conference-gmu/ . This should be of interest to any one involved in history and preservation in our region. Enjoy!
On Saturday, March 15, Gunston Hall is holding a symposium on the question, “How are historic house museums adapting to the future?“ Admission is $15, which includes lunch, and the speakers include some faces that may be familiar to NOVA Historic Preservation stalwarts. Details can be found here.
For the last four years a project has been underway to investigate ancient Norse sailing traditions by constructing and sailing of the world’s largest Viking ship built in the modern era. Our own John Kincheloe, a history professor at Loudoun campus, spent the summer of 2013 as a crew member on the Draken Harald Harfagre, sailing the coast of Norway. His goal was to develop an understanding of the Viking age and its maritime legacy. In the process, he experienced firsthand the challenges of historically recreating a method of sailing and way of life that has not existed in over 900 years.
John Kincheloe will speak on both the Viking Maritime Legacy and his experience “Taming the Dragon” on January 29th at 5pm in (LW116).
As you get ready to register for the Spring semester, please take a look at the courses that NOVA’s Historic Preservation Program will be offering. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the program head at email@example.com. Happy registering!
HIS 187 Interpreting Material Culture, Prof. Tracy Gillespie (Core Course)
What could a 19th century photograph of a former slave tell you about her previous life? Can a stain on the page of an ancient book tell you about its history? Could an old building give you clues to its past? These are all examples of material culture — items from the past — that tell us stories of what’s come before. This course introduces you to ways we can interpret the past through material culture. Many class sessions will meet at historic sites and museums in Loudoun — exactly where we’ll find material culture! The class meets on Tuesday nights at the Reston Center.
HIS 193 Prehistorical Archeology, Prof. David Clark (Elective Course)
The study of Native American culture history from earliest times to European-contact. Weekly hands-on artifact studies, ancient technology demonstrations, site field trips, and public interactive preservation programs high-light the course. The class meets on Thursday nights at Signal Hill.
HIS 199 Historic Preservation Internship, Prof. Doug Campbell (Core Course)
This course is designed to give you practical experience in the field of historic preservation by allowing you to work as an intern at a historic site, museum, historical society, government agency, or other site relevant to historic preservation. At the end of the semester, you will have produced an internship portfolio documenting the work you have done and the experience you have gained, suitable for use in job applications in the historic preservation field. All sites for the internship must be pre-approved before the internship can begin, so please get in touch with me well before the start of the semester so we can get everything set up and you can hit the ground running.
HIS 205-Local History Seminar–The Journey Through Hallowed Ground, Prof. Rich Gillespie (Elective Course)
The Journey Through Hallowed Ground federal heritage area is a 180-mile corridor from Gettysburg to Charlottesville, and our historic region sits right in the heart of it. History 205 helps students use local historic sites in the Journey to open doors of understanding, meaning, interest, and service to families, neighbors, friends, business associates, and club and civic group members. Historic Preservation certificate students gain a more soulful feeling and sense of meaning for the historic environment in which they hope ultimately to be active as professionals, and learn new ways to view this historic landscape. NVCC students hoping to get history credits see what they’ve studied in the academic classroom come alive on the historic landscape that surrounds them. Certified Tourism Ambassadors (CTAs) get to see the Journey’s meaning and gain a passion for its historic sites. Teachers get ideas of how our historic landscape can be used to bring their classroom teaching alive. The class meets on Wednesday nights at the Reston Center.
The “NOVA in 3 Hot Minutes” series has just produced a feature on the Historic Preservation Program. The video is available on iTunes U and YouTube, and is currently part of the rotation of clips playing on the television monitors throughout the College. This should be a nice step toward raising the profile of the program a bit. Program veterans will perhaps recognize some of our faculty opining on why the program is awesome. Enjoy!
I just wanted to pass along an announcement for an interesting event from our friends at Morven Park:
We would like to extend to you a special invitation for an upcoming event. We will be officially launching the CivicsNow! program on September 25th at 7pm in the Winmill Carriage Museum with our inaugural “Distinguished Voices in Civics” speaker event. Our speaker will be Peter Levine, a Tufts University Professor and a leading scholar on youth civic engagement. He will be talking about the renewal of civic participation on our country. A great video of him speaking is here: http://vimeo.com/10648393.
Ticketing for the event is at this link: https://peterlevine.eventbrite.com/. Please use the promotional code “specialguest” for complimentary tickets. Please feel free to pass this along to any of your friends or colleagues as well. We’d love to have a great crowd as it is such an important topic.
I hope you all will be able to attend. It’s going to be a great event!
Welcome Back to the NOVA Historic Preservation Program’s Fall Semester! In addition to our usual slate of great courses, there are going to be some interesting new developments with the program this Fall. Details to follow soon!
Thanks to the assistance of its enthusiastic supporters (which undoubtedly includes many in our program) in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s recent contest, Colvin Run Mill will be receiving a $75,000 grant to restore its 18th century grain elevator. Congratulations to Mike Henry and everyone at the Mill! Also of note, our friends at George Washington’s Mount Vernon did pretty well too, snagging a $100,000 grant to restore the good General’s dining room. Exciting stuff!