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Location: Mount Vernon, Virginia, United States
Season Dates: May 28, 2013 - July 3, 2013
Application Deadline: April 1, 2013
Affiliation: George Washington's Mount Vernon and University of Maryland
Project Director: Eleanor Breen (Mount Vernon), Luke Pecoraro (Mount Vernon), Esther White (Mount Vernon), and Donald Linebaugh (University of Maryland)
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. Under the management of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association (MVLA), the property is preserved and restored to reflect the 18th-century home of the Washington family and the enslaved community. In 2013, the Historic Preservation and Collections Department will embark on a multi-year project to explore the evolution of the homelot and the multiple generations of outbuildings flanking the Mansion’s west front beginning with an interdisciplinary study of the kitchen. The inaugural year of the Mount Vernon / University of Maryland (UMD) Field School in Historic Preservation will investigate the archaeological, architectural, and interpretive histories of the Washington family’s kitchen to create an integrated approach to its study, documentation, and public presentation while offering a unique educational opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students.
This course will instruct students in historic preservation method and theory. Students will learn archaeological and architectural field methodology, laboratory procedures, and current themes in historical archaeology and historical preservation. Via readings, discussions, and field trips, students will delve into three prominent themes of historic house museums – the evolution of the plantation landscape, African American history, and public interpretation – while conducting fieldwork at George Washington’s original Mansion House Farm. They will gain hands-on, practical experience as they work closely with Mount Vernon’s preservation professionals. Additionally, students will interpret the work to the Estate’s many visitors.
Period(s) of Occupation: Historic Period
Project Size: 1-24 participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 6 weeks
Experience Required: None.
Room and Board Arrangements
Mount Vernon does not offer housing on the property, but staff will work with students to find local accommodations if necessary.
Name of institution offering credit: University of Maryland
Number of credits offered: 6
PO Box 110
Mount Vernon , VA 22121