Help Colvin Run Mill win $100,000 for Restoration!

We Need Your Vote for Colvin Run Mill
Help fully restore Colvin Run Mill!
The Park Authority site is a finalist in a web-based contest sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express.
Vote Daily The site with the greatest number of votes will receive $100,000 in preservation prize money.
Share Often 
Sharing photos, video and the link via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and FourSquare adds more votes for the mill.
Polls Open through May 10
Login, Link up and Vote for Colvin Run Mill
What your votes will accomplish:
For the past four decades, only the basement and first floor of the Fairfax County mill have been open to the public. Colvin Run Mill would use the prize money to fully restore the second and third levels, complete with functioning equipment to dry and sift flour and meal the old-fashioned way. Then visitors can see how the mill works from top to bottom!

Courses for Fall & Summer, 2013

The Open House this week was a great success, but for those of you who were unable to make it, here is a quick run down of the Historic Preservation course offerings for the Fall and Summer semesters of 2013.

Fall, 2013

HIS 180- Historical Archaeology, Prof. David Clark, Thursday 7:00-9:45pm LW 0116 (Core Course)

This course is an introduction to both the methods and theories in historical archaeology as practiced in the United States and worldwide. Topics include time and space, field survey, excavation, archival and laboratory research. Some field trips will be held to site excavations.

HIS 183 Survey of Museum Practice, Prof. Mike Henry, Tuesday 7:00-9:45pm LR 0274 (Core Course)

This year’s class will continue the tradition of meeting with local experts in the museum field as well as getting out to enjoy the abundance of museums in the area. Real life examples of how to (and occasionally “how not to”) present the past help to keep the class topical, while inside scoops and behind-the-scene observations make for fun and lively discussions. We’ll finish the semester with a trip to Colonial Williamsburg to see how they “do history” in the nation’s largest outdoor museum.

HIS 281 History of Virginia I, Prof. John Kincheloe, Thursdays 7:00-9:45pm LC 215 (Elective Course)

This Commonwealth of Virginia was built not by politicians or agriculturalists but by the intersection of Green, Red, Black, and White. The landscape that dictated terms of growth, the native population that existed long before our story will begin, the slaves imported from Africa, and the Europeans who wrote the story we will discuss were all four equal players in the creation of the early history of Virginia.  Students will delve into both an understanding of the diverse historical experiences of Virginians, and will take a hands on approach to exploring their own interests in the early history of our Commonwealth.

 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.


Summer, 2013

HIS 188- Field Survey Techniques in Archaeology, Prof. David Clark, Tues and Thurs. 5:30-9:10pm LW 0113 (Elective Course)

 HIS 199 Historic Preservation Internship, Prof. Doug Campbell (Core Course)

Upcoming Events at Morven Park

Here are a couple of interesting events being held in the next week or two at historic Morven Park in Leesburg, VA.  It’s a facinating site and everyone is encouraged to check it out!


Sat., April 13 |4-5:30 p.m.                    
“Discovering Davis” Cocktails in the Garden
Experience happy hour outdoors, in the formal gardens of Morven Park’s historic grounds. Beginning with a tour of the Davis Mansion, learn about the lives of its former owners, then enjoy wine and cheese in the place that was their pride and joy … the boxwood gardens. 

Register at


Thurs. April 18 |7-8 p.m.
Up Close & Personal: Tablesettings

This very exclusive look at the extensive silver and china collections within the Davis Mansion will allow a select few the opportunity to handle collection items while learning proper table setting.