Volunteer at George Washington’s Ferry Farm

George Washington’s Ferry Farm is always looking for volunteers (and sometimes interns), but at the moment is especially interested in finding help for its 4th of July events. If you’re interested, please contact Susan Sherman, Sherman@gwffoundation.org or 540.370.0732 ext. 22. Click to get the Ferry Farm volunteer flyer

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HISA Research Symposium – Friday, 4/22

History and American Studies Symposium

University of Mary Washington – Department of History and American Studies
Friday, April 22, 2015

Senior thesis and digital history project presentations. All are welcome!


SESSION ONE. 9 AM. Monroe 210— Race and Ethnicity in American Life

Moderator:  Dr. Porter Blakemore

Ashlyn Dacey—Domestic Violence on Indian Reservations in the United States

Shannon Ball—“Woman Must Have Her Freedom”: Birth Control Activism as Viewed Through The Birth Control Review and the Influence of Margaret Sanger

Lila Spitz—The Depiction of African Americans in Six High School United States History Textbooks from the 1980s and the Early 2000s


SESSION TWO. 9 AM. Monroe 111—Representations of Women in History

Moderator: Dr. Will Mackintosh

Francesca Dinger—Sky High Standards: Female Flight Attendants of the 1960s

Carolyn Ann Kowalewski—From Wives to Public Conduct: Protestant Reformer’s Views on Women in the Sixteenth Century

Ashley Jenkins—Portrayal of Republican Era Chinese Women in Popular Culture


SESSION THREE. 10 AM. Monroe 210—20th Century German History

Moderator: Dr. Susan Fernsebner

Dana Baumgartner—Jugend Dient Dem Fuerher: Growing Up in the Hitler Youth

Zach Young—The German Nuclear Program: How Germany’s Technological Progress Failed to Produce the Atomic Bomb

Kathleen MacIndoe—The Forgotten Faces of Operation Valkyrie


SESSION FOUR. 10 AM. Monroe 111— Forging and Breaking Social and Economic Bonds in Times of War and Peace

Moderator: Dr. Nabil Al-Tikriti

Victoria Bond—Captivity and Native American Customs during the Seven Years War

Corey Dyke—Under Siege: The Struggle to Form and Maintain Allegiances in the American Civil War

Lydia Hope Jones—The Demise of a Town with Promise: A Comparative Look at the Towns of Dumfries and Alexandria and Their Varied Responses to Colonial Pressures


SESSION FIVE. 11 AM. Monroe 210—Women in American History and Contemporary Life

Moderator: Dr. Bruce O’Brien

Mercia Spicer—Choosing to Stay: Seeking to Understand the Choices of Women Captives

Mary Fesak—“The Ideals of Pine Mountain”: Gender, Progressive Thought, and the Built Environment at Pine Mountain Settlement School


SESSION SIX. 11 AM. Monroe 111—Cultures of Food and Sports in American History

Moderator: Dr. Claudine Ferrell

Jenna Williams—“It’s Going, Going, Gone”: The Policies and History Surrounding Cuban Baseball Defections in the 1990s

Elizabeth Eiseman—Lacrosse the Nation: How Sport Benefits Native Americans

Peyton Brown—Big on the Pig: Pork Culture and Barbecue Culture in North Caroline History


SESSION SEVEN. 1 PM. Monroe 111—Representations of Sexuality and Gender Relations

Moderator: Dr. Jeff McClurken

Emily Bostaph—Stuck in Their Ways: The Portrayal of Homosexuality in Popular Sitcoms and News Segments from the 1950s to the Late 1980s

Bailey Ivancic—“Are You Popular?” The Depiction of Women in Postwar Social Guidance Films

Megan Rebennack—Feminist Reading on Amy Schumer


SESSION EIGHT. 1PM. Monroe 210—Explorations in Late Antique, Byzantine, and Medieval European History

Moderator: Dr. Steven E. Harris

Barry Lucero II—Constantine: The Driving Force of a Christian Revolution?

Edward Harold Scheirer III—Ideal Kingship and the Legitimacy of the Anglo-Saxon State

Shane Carlson—Early Byzantine and Arab Naval Organizations, 655 CE-717 CE


SESSION NINE. 1PM. Monroe 211—War and Nationalism in Colonial America and the Austro-Hungarian Empire

Moderator: Dr. Jason Sellers

Heidi Scanlon—King Philip’s War: The Attack on Medfield

Megan Bannon—Pioneer Farmer: An Analysis of George Washington’s Agricultural and Animal Husbandry Practices at Mount Vernon

Jake Rieder– Nationalism and the Fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire


SESSION TEN. 2 PM. Monroe 111—Narratives of Exclusion and Inclusion in American History

Moderator: Dr. Krystyn Moon

Shannon Green—AIDS: A Catalyst for Queer Representation in the Media

Daniel Webb—Is It Because I’m Black: The 1939 Alexandria Library Sit-In and Its Effects on the Civil Rights Movement

Marie Clifford—Reinterpreting the Civil War: Creating a Narrative with the Voices of Asians, Hispanics, and Native Americans at National Park Service Sites


SESSION ELEVEN. 2 PM. Monroe 210—Adventures in Digital History Project Presentations

Moderator: Dr. McClurken

3D Scans from the James Monroe Museum

Mary C. Fesak

Jonathan A. Hernandez

Lila B. Spitz


The Slaughter-Murray Papers

Kimberly A. Carbajo

Matthew R. Gaughan

Kathleen M. MacIndoe

Brexton L. O’Donnell


History of the ITCC/Hurley Convergence Center

Jonathon A. Baker

Andrew B. Boswell

Marissa I. Feldman

Andrew C. Steele


Diary of Civil War Soldier Stephen Gordon

Michael C. Black

Catherine A. Liberty

Alexander C. Privitt

James T. Stewart


Upcoming career event: Mon., April 11, 3-4pm

 Come meet Zac Cunningham,

Manager of Educational Programs

The George Washington Foundation

Monday, April 11 from 3-4 p.m.

Monroe 210


Zac will be discussing his path to museum education and his experiences as an educator and public historian at Ferry Farm

Questions? Contact Jason Sellers, jseller4@umw.edu

Majors Banquet – Friday, April 22, 5:30 pm

The Sixteenth Annual Department of History and American Studies MAJORS BANQUET will be held on Friday, April 22, 2016 at 5:30 pm at Brock’s Riverside Grill.

Come and join your friends and professors to celebrate the end of the year at this festive gathering featuring:

  • Cash bar and delicious dinner in a great location in downtown Fredericksburg
  • Recognition of majors’ achievements
  • Announcement of scholarship recipients
  • Presentation of Department’s annual awards

Cost: $15 majors & prospective majors; $20 faculty & guests

Payment: See Mrs. Patton in Monroe 228 by April 15th

Dress: Business attire recommended

Women’s History Month Featured Speaker (Thurs, 3/24, 7:30 pm)

In Honor of Women’s History Month, Women’s and Gender Studies Presents

Dr. Catherine Mooney

Associate professor of Church History, Boston College, speaking on:

“Hildegard of Bingen: Why a Twelfth-Century Radical is Still Radical Today”

This multi-talented woman – visionary, preacher, playwright, musician, healer, scientist, and politician – towered over the men and women around her.  In subsequent centuries, repeated attempts have been made to diminish her radical achievements, bury her in the past, and, most recently, domesticate her identity by naming her Saint and Doctor of the Church.

Thursday March 24 


Colonnade Room University Center


Sponsored by Women’s and Gender Studies and History and American Studies

For more information contact

Dr. Allyson M. Poska, program chair, Women’s and Gender Studies aposka@umw.edu

Upcoming Talk: “José Martí and the U.S. South” – Ricardo Luis Hernendez Otero (Thurs, 3/31, 7 pm)

Presenter: Ricardo Luis Hernendez Otero, Instituto de Literatura y Lingüística, Havana, Cuba  “José Antonio Portuondo Valdor”

Title: José Martí and the U.S. South / Martí y el sur de los Estados Unidos

Date: Thursday, March 31

Time: 7:00PM

Where: Lee Hall 411

All are welcome!


Bobby Chandler Internship Program (deadline: March 1)

Bobby Chandler Internship Program (http://thevalentine.org/programs-tours/internships)

The Valentine’s Bobby Chandler Internship program is generously funded by the Kip Kephard Foundation and the Henry Valentine Fund.  A minimum commitment of 150 hours is required and an honorarium of $1000 will be provided upon completion. Funded internships are open to students currently enrolled in college or graduate school as well as recent graduates (graduated within the last 6 months) seeking professional experience.  The deadline for completed applications is Tuesday, March 1st, 2016. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Program is currently seeking interns interested in working with the following departments.
Archives & Exhibitions
General Collections
Costumes & Textiles
Finance and HR (Accounting)
Public Relations and Development
Visitor Services and Museum Store Merchandising
To apply for a Bobby Chandler internship please follow the instructions below:
  1. Review intern job descriptions.
  2. Fill out the online application.
  3. Include your cover letter, resume, references and unofficial academic transcripts (hint PDFs work best!). If transcript cannot be uploaded to the application, please submit via email (by the March 1st deadline) as a pdf document to intern@thevalentine.org.
  4. Any supplemental materials that are not required (additional transcripts, letters of recommendation), should be mailed to the Valentine at the address below:
The Valentine
Attn: Marisa Day

1015 E. Clay Street

Richmond, VA 23219
Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Selection Timeline
A review of applications will begin  on March 2nd.  Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted on or around the week of March 21st with final decisions being made the 1st or 2nd week in  April. If you have any questions, please contact Marisa Day, Student Programs and Tours Manager at 804.694.0711 ext 317 or via email intern@thevalentine.org.