This lecture celebrates 50 years of archaeology conducted at Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC), a museum of history and archaeology at Maryland’s first capital. In 1967, Orin Bullock, and later J. Glenn Little and Stephen Israel, surveyed the 18th-century Captain John Hicks site, initiating the first museum-sponsored archaeological work at St. Mary’s City. In the decades since these efforts, HSMC staff members have conducted fieldwork around the museum’s property and analyzed the material culture they recovered, pioneering innovative archaeological techniques and revealing new details about life in early Maryland. This lecture honors this rich legacy of work done over the last 50 years while also sharing recent research conducted by the staff of HSMC’s Department of Research and Collections.
Historic St. Mary’s City is launching a program in traditional metal arts with a molten iron pour.
Over 50 custom stanchions for the Croton Engineerium Museum will be cast using a nose tilt crucible furnace. Over 800 pounds of 3000 degree molten metal will be poured into resin-bonded sand molds. Future plans include a functional blacksmith forge.
The pour will be led by Foundry master Philip Harrison of Penumbra Design.
Free but registration required. Call 240-895-4990 or email info@HSMCdigshistory.org
Come listen to history alumni Alison Curry and Gabriel Young talk about their postgraduate experiences.
Alison will discuss her digital humanities work and online master’s degree , while Gabriel will discuss language training, career paths, funding for a master’s degree and PhD.
Recent St. Mary’s College graduate Alison Curry ’16 (double major history and anthropology) is continuing her work first begun as a St. Mary’s Project on the remembrance of Jewish material culture in Poland, specifically focusing on Jewish cemeteries and mezuzah impressions (the marks left on the doorposts from the removal of mezuzot). Curry is currently completing a Digital History Certification at George Mason, and was able to utilize Digital Humanities tools to ‘visualize’ where Jewish cemeteries were/are located. For more information and details of her research visit her blog post: http://alisonbcurry.net/project/final-project-mapping-the-remembrance-of-jewish-cemeteries-in-poland/
After graduating from St. Mary’s College in 2013 with a major in history, Gabriel spent two years teaching AP World History at an independent school in Washington, D.C. and continuing with Arabic training domestically and abroad. He then enrolled in an M.A. program in Near Eastern Studies at NYU, where he discovered an interest in the politics of development, transnationalism, and urbanization in the postcolonial Middle East. Those themes have continued to inform Gabriel’s coursework, research, and professional aspirations since entering NYU’s joint PhD program in history and Middle Eastern Studies in 2017.
Andean Studies Study Tour to PERU INFORMATION SESSION
Do you have plans for May 2018? Visit Machu Picchu, the land of the Incas, and get credit for it!
Thursday, November 9th, @ 4:10 Kent Hall 213
Contact Dr. Adriana Brodsky (email@example.com) if you have any questions and can’t join us for the meeting.
Come join the history department faculty as they kick off the semester! Enjoy refreshments while learning about exciting new classes and history opportunities.
Hope to see you there!
In this lecture based on her book, “A Woman of Two Worlds: Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte,” Alexandra Deutsch, director of collections and interpretation at the Maryland Historical Society, analyzes Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte’s personal belongings and letters to create a material culture biography of the woman whose seductive beauty and tragic marriage have long been documented. This heavily illustrated lecture also includes aspects of the Bonaparte story previously overlooked and revealed by the study of objects in the vast Bonaparte family collections.
This lecture will chronicle these stays and inform the audience on the future of the Slave Dwelling Project.
Slave residences are important spaces in American history and have been interpreted in numerous ways by historic parks and museums. These sites serve as important reminders of the daily lives of enslaved individuals and as such can serve as points of reflection and commemoration. At the same time, these are often sites of neglect and the general public is often unaware of their existence. Since 2010, Joseph McGill has spent nights in extant slave dwellings in 19 states and the District of Columbia. The purpose of the sleepovers is to bring much needed attention to these often neglected dwellings in order to encourage preservation and interpretation of these sites. As part of this talk, McGill will reflect upon these experiences in relation to preservation and commemoration efforts related to slavery and its legacy in the United States
Chanel Compton, Executive Director of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) and Banneker-Douglass Museum (BDM) will share her professional and enriching experiences developing youth education programs and long-term school partnerships. Ms. Compton will discuss ways in which school partnerships can further activate a museum’s mission, vision, promote greater equity and cultural literacy in school and museum communities, bring in new networks of support and revenue, and create pipelines for a new generation of museum professionals and ambassadors. Explored in the presentation are select challenges and opportunities for such work and local models of success for school and museum/institutional partnerships.
Join the History Department Monday, May 1, 2017 for…
TURMOIL IN POLITICS AND ACADEMIA: MARYLAND IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
CHAIR: Vincent Turner
12:45 Stella Yakam: “Unfinished Journey: Re-imagining and Re-constructing Diversity at SMCM: A Tale of Three Presidents, 1948-1996”
Mentor: Garrey Dennie
Commentator: Samuel Coomes
1:15 Matt Jeffers: “Elephants in Suburbia: Executive Authority and Republicanism in 1960s and 1970s Montgomery County”
Mentor: Chuck Holden
Commentator: Laura Keeran
MARRIAGE, RELIGION, AND THE STATE IN THE EARLY MODERN MEDITERRANEAN WORLD
CHAIR: Christopher Drexel
2:00 Emily Christian: “Mary Tudor, the Spanish Match, and the Power of Convention”
Mentor: Gail Savage
Commentator: Michael Anania
2:30 Matt Riedel: “Greeks vs. Government? Church and State relations in the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires”
Mentor: Betul Basaran
Commentator: Zane Loeb
Followed by refreshments in the Kent Hall Lobby from 3:00-4:00.
Help Support a Student in the Gambia!
Purchase raffle tickets from Phi Alpha Theta (the history honor society) at World Carnival: each purchase goes towards supporting a student in the Gambia AND enters you in a raffle with the chance to win a prize!