HISA Majors Banquet – Friday, April 28

The Seventeenth Annual Department of History and American Studies


Sponsored by Phi Alpha Theta

will be held at



Friday, April 28, 2017
5:30 pm


Join your friends and professors to celebrate the end of the year at a festive gathering, featuring:

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

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

Payment: See Mrs. Patton in Monroe 228 BY APRIL 21ST.

Note: This date is firm. Late requests cannot be honored.

Dress: Business attire is recommended.

Talking History: Dr. Will Mackintosh (3/20)


Talk: Dr. Lisa Kirschenbaum (3/22, 7 pm)

In Honor of Women’s History Month
The Program in Women’s and Gender Studies and the Department of History and American Studies present

Dr. Lisa Kirschenbaum

(Professor of History, West Chester University)

“Intimate Revolution: Communist Women and the Spanish Civil War”

March 22, 7pm, Combs 139

Dr. Kirschenbaum is the author of Small Comrades: Revolutionizing Childhood in Soviet Russia, 1917-1932 (2000), The Legacy of the Siege of Leningrad, 1941-1995: Myth, Memories, and Monuments (2006), and International Communism and the Spanish Civil War: Solidarity and Suspicion (2015). She will share intimate stories of women communists in the Spanish civil war (1936-1939) exploring how communist commitments shaped personal lives and personal relationships influenced political understandings.

For more information contact Dr. Allyson Poska aposka@umw.edu

Talking History: Professor Jason Sellers Speaks on Environmental History (2/20)


Talking History – Spring ’17 Schedule


Mt. Vernon Internships (deadline 2/17/17)

Spend a Summer Immersed in the 18th Century at George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Each year, Mount Vernon’s Historic Trades accepts a select number of applicants for summer internships. With a focus on the Pioneer Farm and George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill, these internships provide an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to become immersed in 18th century history, agriculture, and industry.

After completing a brief training program, interns will work as full-time Historic Trades interpreters for a period of 10 weeks under the direction of our professional interpretive staff.

    • Live on the grounds of George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate during the internship.
    • Participate in special field trips to other historic sites and museums in the region.
    • Receive reimbursement for travel expenses to and from Mount Vernon, accommodations on the estate, and estimated biweekly wages of $450 (based on hours worked, accommodations in addition, all before taxes).



      • Have a background in history or museum studies.
      • Be comfortable with public speaking.
      • Be available during the entire internship period of June 5 – August 11, 2017. Interns will be expected to work a five-day, 40-hour workweek that will include every other weekend.

We are looking for highly motivated students who will enjoy the challenges and benefits of participating in this program. We will be happy to discuss the internship in more detail with you and any students who are interested in applying.

Completed applications must be returned to Mount Vernon by February 17, 2017 for consideration.


Application Deadline: February 17, 2017

Please find the application and FAQs below or visit the Mount Vernon website.

If you have any questions, contact GWEntrepreneur@mountvernon.org, or call Sam Murphy, Manager of Historic Trades, at 703-799-8611.


Welcome to the Spring ’17 Semester!

4265614785_92d7fff5b2_mHello All,

Happy New Year! Our semester begins on Tuesday, January 17th.

We have new classes added this this semester–including two with seats still remaining: Dr. Erin Devlin’s AMST 303: Museums in the U.S., and Dr. Susan Fernsebner’s HIST 324: Chinese History through Film.

Also, a reminder to Senior Thesis (HIST & AMST 485) students! Don’t forget to attend the introductory meeting on Tuesday, January 17 at 5:00 pm. Department Chair Dr. Bruce O’Brien will introduce you to the Senior Thesis process, standards, and also provide helpful strategies for success.

Best of luck on the coming semester!

Image: Civil Rights March on Washington, 1963. Monday, January 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a holiday and classes will start on Tuesday, January 17. Image: U.S. National Archives / Flickr Commons