Historic Preservation Book Prize 2021

The 2021 University of Mary Washington Center for Historic Preservation Book Prize Committee is proud to announce that this year, they could not choose just one winner. There were two books that approached the discipline of historic preservation in new and groundbreaking ways: Thomas C. Hubka’s How the Working-Class Home Became Modern, 1900-1940 and Emily Williams’ Stories in Stone: Memorialization, the Creation of History and the Role of Preservation. From two very different perspectives and utilizing different methodologies, each volume successfully brought light to previously untold narratives in the past and teach us better, more rich ways of exploring the historic record. Both volumes challenge and expand the way we determine significance of a place or object. In How the Working-Class Home Became Modern, Hubka works to correct our focus on high-style and upper-class housing by demonstrating the importance of change over time in small and often over-looked buildings. His … [Read more...]

Annual Student Choice Lecture

Another wonderful Historic Preservation student choice lecture last night! This year’s lecture was led by Mr. Joseph McGill of The Slave Dwelling Project. Mr. McGill educated attendees about the importance of antebellum period buildings and his personal experiences throughout his project. Students and audience members were able to engage individually with Mr. McGill and ask questions regarding his efforts. To learn more about The Slave Swelling Project visit: http://slavedwellingproject.org/   Have a speaker in mind that you would be interested in hearing next year? Then come to the Historic Preservation Club meeting or email umwhistoricpresclub@gmail.com and make your suggestion known. … [Read more...]

A Panel on Urban Planning: Careers, Graduate School, and Current Events

On April 6th at 6pm, a panel of professionals (including our own Dr. Smith!) will discuss careers, graduate school possibilities, and current events in the world of Urban Planning. This event is open to everyone, especially those interested in historic preservation, geography, GIS, or planning! The event will be held in Monroe Hall room 240. … [Read more...]

Archaeology Field School at Sherwood Forest Plantation

This summer is your chance to get your hands dirty on a true archaeological excavation. The Sherwood Forest Plantation in Stafford County, VA was occupied throughout the Antebellum, Civil War, and Post Bellum periods. The field school is five weeks long and will give students three credit hours.  For more information, please contact Dr. Lauren McMillan at lmcmi6lq@umw.edu! … [Read more...]