Topic ID #34815 - posted 2/6/2015 10:27 AM

George Washington's Mount Vernon Historic Preservation Field School


George Washington’s Mount Vernon, located near Washington, DC, is the historic site dedicated to interpreting the life of the first president within the context of his home and plantation. The 2015 Mount
Vernon (MV) / University of Maryland (UMD) Field School in Historic Preservation embarks on its third year of an ongoing project to investigate the archaeological, architectural, and cultural landscape
evidence of Mount Vernon to create an integrated approach to its study, documentation, and public presentation.

This course will instruct students in historic preservation method and theory. Students will learn archaeological and architectural field methodology including surveying, GIS, laboratory procedures, and
current themes in historical archaeology and historical preservation. Through readings, discussions, and field trips, as well as conducting fieldwork at George Washington’s original Mansion House Farm,
students will delve into three prominent themes of historic house museums – the evolution of the plantation landscape, African American history, and public interpretation.

    Field school dates: May 26th- July 2rd, 2015
    Faculty: UMD Professor Donald Linebaugh and MV Historic Preservation staff
    College Credit: 6 undergraduate or graduate credits
    Housing: MV does not offer housing on the property, but staff will work with students to find local
accommodations if necessary.

    - Full-time undergraduate or graduate student or recent graduate with good academic standing.
    - Interest in historical archaeology, historic preservation, museums, GIS, and American history.
    - Strong communication and teamwork skills.
    - Capable of doing strenuous work outdoors in hot and humid conditions.

Application: Applicants should submit a resume, contact information for two references and a cover letter, including a statement detailing interest in this program by March 31st, 2015. Please email applications to Esther White, Director for Historic Preservation,

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