Architectural History Field School
During the Summer 2013, The National Institute of American History and Democracy will offer History 490-01/590-01: Field School in the Methods of Vernacular Architectural History. The instructor for this course is the renowned architectural historian Dr. Carl Lounsbury of the Department of Architectural Research at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. This course will run during the W&M Summer Session May 27-June 27, 2014.
The Colonial Williamsburg Architectural Research Department in conjunction with the College of William and Mary’s National Institute of American History and Democracy offers a five-week course this summer that is open to all undergraduate and graduate students as well as those with a special interest in early American architecture. This field school introduces students to the methods used in the investigation and recording of historic buildings. The program is intended to help students distinguish the form, fabrication, and assembly of materials and building elements and understand their chronology. They will learn how to apply field evidence to answer larger questions concerning architectural and social history.
Following several introductory lectures on building technology and architectural features, students will study structures in the Historic Area of Williamsburg and visit buildings in the surrounding Tidewater region. Study will also include investigating and recording buildings on location away from Williamsburg. This summer the field school will examine houses in the eighteenth-century port of Beaufort, North Carolina. In Williamsburg for the last week, students will convert their fieldwork into measured drawings using a CAD program and write reports on their sites.
This class will meet four days a week, Monday through Thursday, from 10:00 to 4:30. It will require travel (in a van) and some physical exercise—mainly climbing ladders, balancing on ceiling joists, and squeezing through crawl spaces. Students must be enrolled for the course through the College of William and Mary. The cost of travel and accommodations in Beaufort will be covered by the program. For more information about the nature of the course, please email Carl Lounsbury at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (757) 220-7654. For an example of a research report generated by field-school students, click here.
The Registration Process
Prospective students should register for History 490-01 (undergraduate level) or 590-01 (graduate level) as they would for any other Summer School course following the Registrar's instructions, available here.
For assistance, contact the Registrar's Office, College of William & Mary (757-221-2800 or email@example.com) or the staff of the National Institute of American History & Democracy (757-221-7654 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
TUITION: The field school carries 3 hours of academic credit.
Students pay applicable in-state or out-of-state William & Mary tuition. Current rates are posted here.
DORM: Students are not required to live on campus, but space should be available in an air-conditioned dorm.
You may contact Residence Life for housing at 757-221-4314.
MEALS: Students have the option of providing their own meals or taking individual meals on campus.
A formal meal plan is not required. There are also many restaurants within walking distance of the William & Mary campus.