Talking History with David McKenzie

Talking History with Kyle Stetz of James Madison’s Montpelier

Please join the Department of History and American Studies for a virtual Talking History conversation with Kyle Stetz, the Director of Education and Visitor Services at James Madison’s Montpelier.  Our conversation will take place on Tuesday, November 17 from 3-4 PM on Zoom.  Please email Will Mackintosh at for the Zoom link.

Pratima Kandel’s AMST 201 Featured in Free Lance-Star

Computer Science major Pratima Kandel’s AMST 201 project on modern-day slavery has received some well-deserved coverage from the Free Lance-Star.  Check out the Domain of One’s Own website that she built here.

Talking History with Megan Connor ’17 on Monday, April 15

Two Carol Berkin events tomorrow!

UMW History and American Studies is excited and honored to be sponsoring a visit Carol Berkin tomorrow.  Our second Talking History of the semester will be with Dr. Berkin at 12:30 PM, in Lee 412.  And in addition to Talking History, she will be delivering the James Monroe Museum’s Women’s History Month lecture next week.  Her lecture, entitled “There is No Sex in Soul,” will be 7 to 8:30 PM, in Monroe Hall Room 116.  This lecture will discuss Judith Sargent Murray, whose Gleaner Essays were among the first defenses of women’s intellectual equality in the new republic.

Dr. Carol Berkin, historian and Presidential Professor of American Colonial and Revolutionary History and Women’s History at Baruch College, specializes in women’s roles in American colonial history.  She is the author, editor, or co-editor of 14 books, including Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for American Independence (Knopf, 2005); A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution (Harcourt 2002), a 2002 History Book Club Selection awarded the Colonial Dames of America Book Prize in 2004; and Jonathan Sewall: Odyssey of an American Loyalist (Columbia University Press, 1974), nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.  In addition to teaching and writing, Berkin has been a consultant for many televised historical documentaries appearing on A&E, C-SPAN, History Channel, and PBS.  She is the recipient of numerous professional awards recognizing her work as an historian and an educator.  Berkin received holds an AB from Barnard College and MA from Columbia University.  She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University, receiving the Bancroft Award for Outstanding Dissertation.

“The Life of the Enslaved” Event at Caledon State Park This Weekend

As part of their Monthly “People of Caledon” series, Caledon State Park will present “The Life of the Enslaved” on February 23 at 2 p.m.  Through this living history presentation, guest first-person interpreter Shemika Berry will share what life was like at Caledon for those who were enslaved. Register for this free program by calling 540-663-3861 or stopping by the visitor center.

People of Caledon Program at Caledon State Park

This spring, Caledon State Park in King George, Virginia will be hosting monthly “People of Caledon” programs.  These programs will explore the daily lives of the people in the region  from pre-colonization through the steam engine era.  Check out the schedule below:

January 19, 2019 at 2pm—Boyd’s Hole Revisited.  Boyd’s Hole has been home to history from colonial times through the Civil War. Discover more about the port, spy camp, and inspection station through the people who frequented this area.

February 23, 2019 at 2pm—The Life of the Enslaved.  Through this living history presentation, guest first-person interpreter, Shemika Berry, will share what life was like for those who were enslaved residing here at Caledon.

March 30, 2019 at 2pm—Indigenous Culture.  Native Americans greatly impacted the history of Caledon State Park and King George County. Join us as we learn about tools, skills, and the ways of life for indigenous peoples of this area.

April 27, 2019 at 2pm—The Steamboat Era.  Before highways and cars, the easiest way to travel was often the waterways. The Potomac River was a major thoroughfare for transportation of goods and people and still is today. Caledon State Park is home to an old wharf that was part of the steamboat route on the Potomac. Join rangers as we learn more about life during the age of the steamboat.