Amphitheater Clean-Up Event

On Friday, November 19th, 2010, the Historic Preservation department hosted an Amphitheater clean-up event. Students across the academic spectrum gathered at the amphitheater behind Trinkle and Mason hall Friday afternoon and, for approximately three hours, helped faculty remove trash, leaves and debris from the seating and stage area. According to the UMW website, the amphitheater was first opened by the University 87 years ago, in 1923. Since its creation, it has been used extensively for graduation commencement exercises, drama rehearsals, Eagle Pipe Band practice, impromptu class meetings and social events. Because maintenance and custodial staff are not required by the University to tend to the Amphitheater, it has fallen into disarray and obscurity over the past several years. Recently, an accident involving the collapse one of the columns and the injury of a non-university resident has brought the amphitheater back into the spotlight. The University is currently debating … [Read more...]

The National Trust Conference in Austin, TX

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In late October the University of Mary Washington, in partnership with the Center for Historic Preservation, sent five undergraduate students to Austin, Texas to attend the 2010 National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference. The students travelled to and from the Texas state capitol, each returning with a different take on the preservation networks and tools they discovered and equally diverse observations on the city of Austin. Linked below are the five students’ observations as well as photos of the trip. Read on for student perspectives on the efficaciousness of the 2010 National Trust Conference. Jordan Brothers Cameron Henry Kathy Jones Emily Morton Chris Young … [Read more...]

Julia Costello Lecture

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Dr. Julia Costello, co-author of the 2010 Historic Preservation Book Prize winner The California Missions, gave a talk on her book November 3rd. Dr. Costello introduced her talk by mentioning her late collaborator, Edna E. Kimbro, and the work she did on the book before her death in 2005.  The California Missions was originally intended to be a text on conservation, but evolved with the help of Dr. Costello into a history of the 21 Mission settlements in California. Dr. Costello gave an affecting history of the Missions, discussing their development and daily life. The Spanish settled California in the late eighteenth century and built sprawling ranchos to house and convert the Native Peoples of the area. The missions were self-sufficient and were generally four separate buildings formed into a rectangle with a courtyard in the middle. Under a score of Europeans inhabited these missions, but over 1,200 Native Americans lived in and around each mission settlement. The agreement was … [Read more...]

Graduate Program Talk

Interested in attending graduate school? Would you like to major in Public History? Representatives from West Virginia University will be making a presentation on their Public History graduate program Thursday October 28! Even if you are not interested in public history, you are still more than welcome to attend. They will be answering questions about the general issues regarding graduate school as well, such as the GRE’s, applications, etc. Refreshments will be provided. When: Thursday, October 28 at 5 PM Where: Combs 25 (basement seminar room) … [Read more...]