Fall 2017 Newsletter

The University of Mary Washington's Department of Historic Preservation is pleased to announce that our Fall 2017 Newsletter has arrived! Follow this link to see what we have been up to: umwfallnewsletter2017 … [Read more...]

Student Aide Positions Available

The Center for Historic Preservation is looking for student aides for the 2017-2018 academic year. Currently three positions are available. Department of Historic Preservation Aide: This student aide position will assist Mrs. Coates in the day to day operation of the department. Duties will include but are not limited to maintaining the equipment library, creating and maintaining displays and bulletin boards, updates to the department job bank and website, creation of the department newsletter, and providing general assistance to faculty members as needed. Center for Historic Preservation Aide: This student aide will work directly with the Center for Historic Preservation Director, Associate Professor Spencer, to facilitate the Center’s mission. Duties will include but are not limited to promotion of the department and center on social media sites, updates to the centers web page, promotion and organization of lectures and other sponsored events, and assistance with … [Read more...]

Spring 2017 Newsletter

Hello, Everyone! The University of Mary Washington Historic Preservation Department is pleased to announce that our Spring 2017 Newsletter has arrived!  If you’d like to sign up to receive a digital copy, please follow this link:  http://cas.umw.edu/hisp/about/hisp-newsletters/ spring2017newsletter_final   Melissa Parent UMW Historic Preservation Department Student Aide 2016-2017 umw.pres.aide@gmail.com … [Read more...]

NPS Research Opportunities

The National Park service has published a booklet on research opportunities in national parks in the National Capital Region. If you're interested in academic class projects, thesis or dissertation research, volunteer work, or unpaid internships you can download the booklet here: research_opportunites_for_history_students_2017_digital some of these would be great for those still needing to fulfill your Experiential Learning Credit or if you just want to boost your resume before graduation!   … [Read more...]

Call for Submissions for the 2017 Book Prize

The University of Mary Washington Center for Historic Preservation is happy to announce that submissions for the 2017 Historic Preservation Book Prize are now being accepted. Please follow the link for more information. http://cas.umw.edu/chp/center-projects/book-prize/ … [Read more...]

Spring 2016 Newsletter

Thank you Laura Gilchrist, Prof. Turdean, Prof. Sanford, and Julie Coates for all your work on this semesters newsletter. Spring 2016   … [Read more...]

Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology (CNEHA) a Great Success

We were happy to see so many UMW alumni and local Fredericksburg preservationists and firms (go Dovetail!) on the resolution of thanks passed by CNEHA for the conference held this past weekend. Special thanks also goes to Professor Sanford for his hard work on the UMW end and of course the help from the UMW student volunteers! From what we hear things went quite well with great tours, presentations, and of course refreshments! Check out the resolution for a full list of names. RESOLUTION OF THANKS TO ORGANIZERS CNEHA 11 8 2015 … [Read more...]

A Closer Look at the Goodwin House


A Closer Look at the Goodwin House: The North Wing of the Mary Washington House Michael G. Spencer While the south wing of the Mary Washington House, the portion in which Mary lived, has received quite a bit of attention over the years, the Goodwin or north wing of the building has remained shrouded in mystery. However, as students in HISP 461 have looked into the history and begun to examine the materials of the building it has become increasingly apparent that the building is a contemporary of the south wing or Mary’s House and likely dates to the 1760s. Both the south wing and the Goodwin House were likely constructed by Michael Robinson between 1761 and 1771. The first concrete mention of a building, of which I am aware (aside from standard deed/legal language which can often be misleading) is a reference made in one of George Washington's letters noting that his mother Mary has picked a “commodious house, garden and lotts” in Fredericksburg in which to reside (“From George … [Read more...]

Documenting Our Past: Stafford County’s Slavery Site Project

Recent UMW preservation alumna and current Dovetail Cultural Resource Group employee Emily Anderson recently published a story on work being done to document slave related sites in Stafford County, Virginia.  This initiative is sponsored in part by the UMW Center for Historic Preservation. Documenting Our Past: Stafford County's Slavery Site Project … [Read more...]

Students dig for history at Belle Grove

Checkout a recent article in The King George Journal about Professor Sanford's archaeology class. The King George Journal_April 22, 2015 … [Read more...]