Traditional Trades Fair at Stratford Hall

May 21, 2011, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Stratford Hall, Westmoreland County, Virginia Stratford Hall is hosting a Traditional Trades Fair on Saturday, May 21st. There will be demonstrations of 18th-century skills in boat building, dress making, stone cutting and more. The Stratford Dining Room will be open and there will also be food vendors on site. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and free for age 5 and under. A tour of the Great House is included in the ticket price. For more information please follow this link to Stratford Hall's website or call 804-493-8038 x1039. … [Read more...]

HISPers at the MAAC Conference

This year Adriana Lesiuk, Audrey Westmoreland and myself had the opportunity to attend and present at the Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference held in Ocean City, Maryland alongside Professor Sanford. The Department of Historic Preservation had many representatives there besides ourselves including Jordan Brothers, Beth Haver, and Luan Cao. Besides current students there were numerous Historic Preservation alumni and adjunct faculty, many of which presented papers. The conference gave us the chance to present the research that we have been collecting and analyzing for months on the slave quarter at Walnut Valley Plantation in Surry County. Not only was this rewarding, but so was getting to watch fellow students and archaeologists present their work on projects they have conducted throughout the region. We were able to expand our knowledge on different areas of archaeology, techniques, and new technology used in archaeology. A huge advantage that came out of the conference … [Read more...]

Founders Scholarship

The National Society, Women Descendants of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company The National Society, Women Descendants of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company is offering a $500 scholarship to Junior, Senior and Graduate students in the field of Architectural Historic Preservation. Applications for the scholarship are open to female students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher and is in the form of an essay. More information on the scholarship and application can be found at this link. The application deadline is August 15th, 2011. … [Read more...]

Status Update: University of Mary Washington Preservation Plan

Recent events concerning the Master Plan have been very encouraging. Over the recent winter break, Professor Sanford was notified by President Hurley that the administration was interested in working with preservationists to create a Preservation Plan in an effort to address concerns voiced by UMW students and alumni. While this is a very positive step, nothing has been written in stone at this point. It is also important to note that this plan is not to take the place of the current proposed Master Plan, but rather outline a course of action and possible recourse when or if the two plans come into conflict. Such a plan will have a number of components including campus and building histories, design evolution and context, significance statements, and guidelines for interventions and new construction. A steering committee, appointed by President Hurley, will help guide this effort with Assistant Professor Andrea Smith of the Department of Historic Preservation being appointed to … [Read more...]