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Pre-Collegiate Summer Program in Early American History

A program for high school juniors and seniors

Application Deadline: May 15, 2014

A reverence for place...

This fast-paced, in-depth and immersive course will offer a variety of approaches to studying the past, but the chief feature will be classes conducted "on site" at the abundant historic places in the Chesapeake region. Readings and classroom work at the College will set the stage for the site visits by providing essential background on the wider context of American development.A Pre-Collegiate student tries on a servant's livery at the Peyton Randolph House.

Instructors will use archaeology sites, surviving period structures, historic landscapes, battlefields, and a series of museums to guide students in a search for the American past. Students will take one course, History 216, and may chose from the topic From the Founding of Jamestown through the American Revolution, or From the American Revolution through the American Civil War. The class From the Founding of Jamestown through the American Revolution begins where the old world societies of Europe and Africa collided with the new world society of Native Americans on the banks of the nearby James River early in the seventeenth century and follows the American saga for nearly two hundred years through the Revolutionary Era at the end of the eighteenth century. From the American Revolution through the American Civil War picks up with the American victory at nearby Yorktown during the struggle for independence and continues the story through the fall of the Confederate capital at Richmond to Union forces in 1865.

Enjoy the slideshow from one of our recent Pre-Collegiate Summer Programs. You can  catch glimpses of field trips to historic sites, travel by vans and ferries, life on campus, fun in the dorm, student friendships, instructors and RPAs, guest speakers, colonial dancing, archaeological digs, and other varied aspects of the Pre-Collegiate Program. Enjoy!


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