Our Summer HIS 188 Course, Field Survey Techniques in Archaeology

10 week course, beginning Tuesday May 23rd with class sessions Tuesday nights on the Loudoun campus (NVCC) and Saturday mornings at area historical sites. Taught by Professor Patrick O’Neill.

Some sites include:
•    Chapman’s Mill in Prince William County
•    Bristoe Station Battlefield west of Manassas,
•    Fairfax County Archaeology Research Lab in Annandale
•    Ball-Sellers House in Glen-Carlyn, Robert Ball Sr. Cemetery, in Ballston

Some topics to be covered in the course:

ARCHAEOLOGY
•    what is archaeology
•    who does archaeology
•    why do archaeology
•    where to do archaeology
•    when to do archaeology
•    when not to do archaeology

ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY
•    architectural details and dating
•    local, county, state, Federal significance of architectural history
•    National Register site evaluation
•    Measured drawings and photographs

TECHNIQUES
•    use of hand compass – conduct pedestrian surveys and mapping
•    laying out grids – artifact collecting and excavation
•    GIS – finding and comparing sites and locations
•    LIDAR technology – finding sites
•    land parcel maps (deeds/patents) – finding sites and buildings
•    USGS topographic maps – locating and mapping sites and landforms
•    aerial photographs – finding and mapping sites
•    Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps – finding buildings
•    Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) – finding foundations, graves, pits…
•    carbon 14 dating – dating charcoal and organic matter
•    archaeo-magnetic dating – dating hearths and fired features
•    dendrochronology – dating by tree ring data

An Afternoon with Culinary Historian, Michael Twitty

Oatlands and the Black History Committee of the Friends of the Thomas Balch Library are pleased to present a dynamic program this Sunday: An Afternoon with Michael Twitty.  Mr. Twitty is a food historian and independent scholar who researches and teaches about African American foodways and its parent traditions in Africa.  Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Twitty has presented at Monticello and on Good Morning America, and he is Colonial Williamsburg’s first Revolutionary in Residence.  We are very fortunate to have Mr. Twitty give a talk in Loudoun!  Please join us this Sunday, May 7, at 2 PM in the Pavilion tent at Oatlands for this special program.  See the Flyer!

Michael Twitty at Oatlands flyer

Local History Event at Fairfax County Regional Library

Event Type: Community Event
Age Group(s): Adult, Older Adult, Teen
Date: 4/29/2017
Start Time: 8:30 AM
End Time: 3:00 PM
Description: Your home place, your neighborhood has a story. How do you learn the history of people and a place? Explore resources for maps, photographs, courthouse documents and more. Virginia Room event. Registration begins at 8:30am; sessions are from 9am to 3pm.
Location: City of Fairfax Regional Library, Meeting Room A/B
Registration Ends: 4/28/2017 at 12:00 AM
Contact: Laura Wickstead
Contact Number: 703-293-2667 x6

The Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums June Meeting

Please see the attached flyer for the conference and annual meeting of ALHFAM, the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums. The conference will take place June 9-13, 2017 at the Genesee Country Village and Museum in Mumford, NY. Undergraduate and graduate students in the field of history, preservation or history museum studies are encouraged to apply. The deadline for fellowship applications is April 1, and notification will be made by April 15.

ALHFAM Fellowship Invite 2017

The First Annual Prince William/Manassas History Symposium, 25-26 March

Prince William County and the City of Manassas, with the help of Historic Prince William and the Historic Commission, will be hosting an extensive two-day history symposium that will touch on different periods of Prince William County’s history. Throughout the weekend, we will be featuring speakers throughout the day that touch on a variety of subjects from George Washington in Prince William County, to the county’s involvement in the Civil War, World War I, and the integration of Prince William County Schools. Saturday evening, guests will enjoy an exclusive reception at the Manassas Museum with an opportunity for a unique experience to interact with the Museum’s collections. On Sunday, we will be offering an exclusive bus tour to four privately owned historic homes throughout Prince William County, including Bel Air and Park Gate.

For more information, see the  PWC Manassas Symposium event flyer.