Forgotten Fairfax Event

One of our students, Kathleen Adams, in the certificate program mentioned in class the other day about this upcoming program:

Paul McCray, who has worked for NOVA Parks for over 40 years (and now manages Rust Manor in Leesburg) is holding a talk at Fairfax City Library on Saturday, September 3rd, at 11am, called “Forgotten Fairfax: A History of the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad.” They request registration ahead of time, and here is the link:
This might be a wonderful opportunity for those interested in the history of Fairfax and what happened to the railroad.  Thanks to Kathleen for sharing this information with us!
Dr. Dluger

History 183 – Survey of Museum Practice Syllabus

Hello everyone!  I am teaching the History 183 – Survey of Museum Practice course this upcoming Fall 2016 semester and I have put together the final draft of the syllabus.  History 183 – Survey of Museum Practice – Syllabus – Final Draft

You’ll find all of the relevant information, such as textbooks required, assignments, and a tentative schedule for our classes.  If you have any questions or concerns about the course, feel free to email me at any time.  If you are familiar with the Introduction to Material Culture course I taught last Spring semester, the workload is very comparable with regards to the readings and assignments.

I look forward to seeing everyone in just a few weeks!  Enjoy the rest of your summer!

-Dr. Marc Dluger

Waterford Heritage Crafts School

The Waterford Foundation has launched a new initiative, craft classes in a variety of arts.  The first four are being held August 19 – 21, 2016.  Two are in the building arts, one in decorative arts and then one in archaeology.

Here is a link to register and learn more about the effort.


Fall 2016 Courses

As soon as we have syllabi for the fall courses, I will upload them:

HIS 181 Introduction to Historic Preservation, taught by Professor Sprinkle on Wednesday nights
HIS 183 Survey of Museum Practice, taught by Professor Dluger on Thursday nights
Internship will be available in either the summer or fall.
HIS  190 Coordinated Internship.  If you are interested in this, please contact Professor Evans,

Should be great courses.

National Council on Public History Opportunities

Check out the NCPH site for the upcoming Indianapolis conference.

Attention, NCPH Student Members!
Don’t miss an upcoming chance to present your work and make valuable connections!
What?  NCPH is sponsoring the poster session at the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) this fall in Detroit, MI. This is a great opportunity for students to share their work with fellow public historians and to discover the work their peers are doing, and we want to make sure that you do not miss the opportunity to participate.
Why?  The poster session format is an excellent forum for sharing visual or material evidence, engaging in one-on-one discussions about your project, and soliciting feedback about works-in-progress. It’s also a great, low-pressure way to participate in a conference for the first time. Those of you who recently attended NCPH’s annual meeting in Baltimore, MD will recognize the format which always garners a lot of positive attention from attendees.
When?  The poster session will be at the Cobo Center on Friday, September 16. Proposals are due June 1
How?  Poster session proposals must be submitted electronically in one PDF document and must include your contact information, a short abstract describing your project, a one-page C.V., and a mock-up of your proposed poster. For more details about the submission process and requirements, please carefully review the Call for Posters at

P.S. If a June deadline is too soon for you, the call for posters for NCPH’s 2017 annual meeting next April in Indianapolis, IN  will open in July, with a deadline of October 1.