Fall 2014 Internship – John J. Johnson Archives Center, Fredericksburg

Internship Announcement:

Collection Management Internship at the John J. Johnson Archives Center

Fredericksburg United Methodist Church

Fall 2014

The John J. Johnson Archives Center of the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church consists of official documents, papers, photographs, recordings, books and artifacts. The church, founded in 1802, is located at 308 Hanover Street in Fredericksburg’s Historic District. The mission of the Center is to catalog and index this collection. The Center will make these items accessible to church members, scholars, educational institutions and the general public for study and research. The Center’s dedicated, climate controlled work area comprises a work room with a scanner, printers and computer equipment, as well as a storage closet with approximately 30 cardboard boxes of papers, photographs, artifacts, etc.

Intern Duties:

The intern will begin the process of indexing the collection’s documents and objects using PastPerfect 5.0 software. PastPerfect is a leader in collection and contact management software. Several local museums use PastPerfect, including the Central Rapphannock Heritage Center, the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, and the James Monroe Museum (operated by the University of Mary Washington). Training CDs will be available for learning how to use the software. Opportunities exist for collaboration with other local museums familiar with PastPefect.

Learning Outcomes for the Intern:

  1. Understand the importance of preserving documents and objects and making them accessible to the public.
  2. Become familiar with PastPerfect software and learn how to attach images, keep data safe, focus on efficiency, and maintain consistent collections data entry.
  3. Understand the role of technology and reformatting collections in modern archival management.

The intern should have keyboarding and computer skills, with a demonstrated ability to perform detailed work.

A member of the church’s Heritage Committee will be available to supervise the intern during the fall semester. Internships for 1 credit require 42 hours’ work; 2 credits require 84 hours; 3 credits require 126 hours. Academic credit is available through the History and Historic Preservation departments. Academic credit is not available through the Museum Studies program.

To apply for the internship, send a cover letter and resume to Margaret Mock, Co-Director, John J. Johnson Archives Center, mmock@umw.edu.

Deadline for the 2014 fall session is September 12.

PPIA Program in Public Service – Free 4-Day Conference

IU-program-logo-NO-quote-1-1024x397Do you want to explore your future in public service? Apply to attend a free 4-day weekend conference just for college students who want to move the world forward! Motivated students from diverse backgrounds will gather at Indiana University, October 23-26, 2014, to learn how they pursue a career, or get a degree, in public service. They’ll hear from renowned thinkers and leaders in public service, participate in cultural and recreational activities on the beautiful Bloomington campus, and meet new friends from across the country.

Application Deadline June 30, 2014.

For more information, see this link.

Internship Opportunity – Summer & Fall 2014

Summer and Fall 2014 Virtual Internship Opportunities

 

Envisioning History, an educational non-profit in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has Summer and Fall Semester internship opportunities for undergraduates to process electronic historical data into an advanced geospatial database.  The subject of the historical material is World War II; the interns’ work product will help populate a database with thousands of documents, media files, events, people, organizations, tactical and strategic government decisions, etc.  The database—which essentially works like Google Earth with a time dimension added—will soon be available for undergraduate and graduate level historical research.   

Envisioning History works with universities to allow interns to obtain academic credit for their work, where the university allows this.  Usually 50 hours of internship work equals 1 credit hour, or more typically 150 hours of internship work equals 3 credit hours. In order to obtain credit, formal arrangements must be made with the university before the internship begins.  Envisioning History has standard formats for making these arrangements – what the prospective intern must do is put us in touch with the appropriate Professor or Department Head.

Nature of the Work:

  • Interns will process digitized primary source reports, documents and media from World War II, will plot geo-coordinates of events and will cross-tag the documents with the associated events, ships, military units, people, etc.
  • Training in use of the software (currently in wide use by the U.S. and other NATO military and intelligence organizations) will be provided. If you can use Google Earth, you can easily handle this software.
  • Work can be done from any location with a reasonably fast internet connection.
  • Working with Envisioning History and their sponsoring Professors at the beginning of the Internship, Interns will set weekly progress goals and Envisioning History will send a summary progress report to the sponsor.
  • Students may be given a choice of areas of WWII history to work with, such as the Central Pacific Campaign (Tarawa, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, etc.), the US return to the Philippines, The Battle of the Bulge, the Eastern Front, etc.  Students who have a particular interest should make that clear when they apply, although we cannot guarantee everyone’s choices.  There will be some outside reading required to familiarize you with the assigned subject area.

 Requirements:

  • Undergraduate history and geography majors will be given preference, although others may apply.
  • Interns will be required to provide their own laptop or desktop computer, preferably with a mouse with a scroll wheel. PCs work better than Apple products with this software platform.
  • Interns should have strong self discipline skills, as they will work when they choose without direct supervision.  Their work will be reviewed before it is published into the database.

Benefits:

  • Interns will obtain practical experience in the use of an advanced geospatial database and will be able to retain a database account for their own studies and research during the academic year and beyond.
  • Interns will develop a detailed sense of how historical relationships develop and persist between people, places and things.
  • Interns will learn details of the military, technological and economic events of World War II
  • Opportunities for further graduate-level fellowships may be available, depending on the proficiency the intern develops.

If you are interested in an Internship, please contact Dr. Jeffrey McClurken (jmcclurk@umw.edu) for more information. For application, e-mail a brief summary of your qualifications and assessment of your computer skills to: rick.ector@envisioninghistory.org.

Friday 4/25 Symposium – Schedule

History and American Studies Symposium

Preliminary Program

 

University of Mary Washington – Department of History and American Studies

Friday, April 25, 2014

 

SESSION ONE. 9 AM. Monroe 210—Histories of World War II

Moderator: Dr. Porter Blakemore

Grace Christenson—In It All the Way: Propaganda of World War II

Jason J. Ellington—Interservice Rivalries and the World War II Unification Battle

Conner Allen—A Fleet for a Fleet: The Struggle for Mediterranean Dominance from Djerba to Lepanto, 1560-1571

 

SESSION TWO. 9 AM. Monroe 211—Explorations in American Mass Media and Television

Moderator: Dr. Jason Sellers

Leah Tams—The Korean War in the 1960s and 1970s: A Cultural Analysis of the First Six Seasons of M*A*S*H

Jason Milton—Black, White, and Read All Over: The Month Following the Wounded Knee Massacre through the Lens of American Newspapers

Daniel Russell—Ho Chi Minh: Through the Lens of TIME

 

SESSION THREE. 9 AM. Monroe 111—Studies in American Life

Moderator: Dr. Jess Rigelhaupt

Kearsten Lehman—Female Scientists Through the Ages: Focusing Primarily on Dr. Sara Josephine Baker

Amanda Vercruysse—The Good Eats Fandom: An Analysis of Audience Participation in the Digital World

Rebecca Sherman—Dorothy Mae Taylor and Anti-Discrimination in Mardi Gras

 

SESSION FOUR. 10 AM. Monroe 210—Totalitarian Regimes and Mass Death in Modern Times

Moderator: Dr. Steven E. Harris

Andrew Broedel—The Assyrian Genocide

Ian Millar—Felix Dzerzhinsky: Father of The Soviet Secret Police

Maxwell Reinhardt—The Pink Triangle behind the Iron Curtain: Social Policy and the Treatment of Gay Men and Lesbians in Communist East Germany

 

SESSION FIVE. 10 AM. Monroe 211—Explorations in American Society and Culture

Moderator: Dr. Al-Tikriti

George Hareras—The Native American Mascot Controversy: A History of Racial Stereotyping

Emily Broton—Black and White Newspapers: Loving or Not Loving?

Frank Zare—Navy SEALs in Hollywood

 

SESSION SIX. 11 AM. Monroe 210—Women in American History

Moderator: Dr. Susan Fernsebner

Courtney Collier—“The Almost Perfect First Lady”: Jacqueline Kennedy and How She Strategically Promoted the Kennedy Administration and Her Image as a First Lady

John Gordon Crowell-Mackie—Sensationalism and Societal Standards: How Female Serial Killers Were Depicted in Newspapers at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Carly Winfield—The Last of the Ladies: The Ladies Memorial Association of Fredericksburg and the Ladies Memorial Association of Petersburg

 

SESSION SEVEN. 11 AM. Monroe 211—Topics in European and American History

Moderator: Dr. Claudine Ferrell

Meaghan Sullivan—Guardians of Culture: The Significance of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives Division of the Armed Forces During the Second World War

Rebecca Hoehn—Abominations of Nazi Medicine

Arthur Deegan—Basque Influences: Societal Changes in Eleventh-Century Navarra

 

SESSION EIGHT. 11 AM. Monroe 111–Topics in American History

Moderator: Dr. Jason Sellers

Katherine Tryon–Patriarchy in Virginia’s Female Education in the Nineteenth Century

Kristina Rader—Blood on the Cobblestones of Kings Street: Media after the Boston Massacre

John Ball—Foundations of the Fifth Amendment: Just Compensation for Expropriated Property in Colonial America

 

SESSION NINE. 1 PM. Monroe 210—Histories of Slavery, Incarceration, and Civil War

Moderator: Dr. Bruce O’Brien

Stephen Campbell—Colonial South Carolina’s Heart of Darkness: The Indian Slave Trade

Stefanie Lilly—“God Is a Spirit, Ain’t He?” The Intersection of Conjure and Christianity in Antebellum Slave Resistance

Sean Redmiles—“Meade’s Position Proved Embarrassing To Me If Not To Him”: The Relationship between Grant and Meade during the Campaigns of 1864-1865

 

SESSION TEN. 1 PM. Monroe 211—Examining American Politics and Culture

Moderator: Dr. Allyson Poska

Kasey Moore—Alcatraz: A Defensive Narrative

Candice Roland—Acres Made Sacred”: Ferry Farm, the Cherry Tree, and the Manipulation of Memory

Mary Wendt—Advertising “America” in the 1964 Presidential Campaign

 

SESSION ELEVEN. 2 PM. Monroe 210—Troubled Times in American History

Moderator: Dr. Will Mackintosh

Chelsea Chin—Two Distinct and Hostile Forces: American Imperialism and the Debate on the Chinese Exclusion Act

Samuel Taylor— “American Progress”: The Frontier, Gender, and the Spanish-American War

Kevin Parker–Roger Sherman’s Religion and its Effect on his Politics

 

SESSION TWELVE. 2 PM. Monroe 211—Adventures in Digital History

Moderator: Dr. Jeff McClurken

Then and Now: Images from the Past and Present

Alexandria Parrish

Carly Winfield

Conner Allen

Jessica Reingold

Meaghan Sullivan

1960s Scrapbooks from MWC

Alex Young

Ellen Peiser

Jessica Chrisman

Laura-Michael Balderson

Ronald Vest

3D Scanning and the James Monroe Museum

Amanda Vercruysse

Eric Greenlaw

Ike Copperthite

Victoria Skaggs

Century America

Candice Roland

Jack Hylan

Julia Wood

Leah Tams

 

 

Dr. Allyson Poska Interviewed in USA Today

Poska_Allyson_170Dr. Allyson Poska, Professor of History and a specialist in the histories of Spain and Latin America, was interviewed recently for an article in USA Today. See “Study: Crew that Sailed with Columbus Suffered Scurvy” for a look at the challenges faced by colonizers in the Caribbean’s Spanish settlements of the 1490s.

Cancellation: 4/14 Brown Bag Lunch

Notice: Today’s brown bag lunch with Rachel Elfenbein has been cancelled due to illness.

 

Today (Mon, 4/14): Rachel Elfenbein

Women’s and Gender Studies – Brown Bag Lunch Series:

Rachel Elfenbein
PhD candidate in Sociology at Simon Fraser University and former Fulbright fellow to Venezuela

“They Want Our Work, But Not Our Power: Women’s Unpaid Labor in Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution”

In 1999, Venezuela became the first country in the world to constitutionally recognize the value of unpaid housework and specifically entitle homemakers to social security. She will discuss how this landmark constitutional provision affected poor homemakers and gender relations in Venezuela under Hugo Chávez’s Bolivarian government.

Monday  April  14  12-1pm
Lee 414

Bring your own lunch and we will provide water and soft drinks