MESDA Summer Institute Field School in Southern History and Material Culture: The Great Wagon Road
June 18 to July 15, 2017
The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts is accepting applications from graduate and advanced undergraduate students, decorative arts professionals, and independent scholars for the 41st MESDA Summer Institute.
The 2017 Summer Institute emphasizes the early material culture of the Great Wagon Road that stretched from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania southward down the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and into North Carolina. Students will study the regions economic, social, and cultural history through a multidisciplinary approach, learning current methods of research, interpretation, preservation, and analysis of material culture. The programs month-long curriculum includes lectures, discussions, workshops, artifact studies, research projects, and an intensive study trip along portions of the Great Wagon Road including Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Hagerstown, Maryland, and Winchester, Virginia, as well as, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Page, Augusta, and Wythe counties in Virginia.
The UVA Resident Scholar for the 2017 Summer Institute is Dr. Carroll Van West, Professor of History and Director of the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University. In addition to Dr. West, the faculty is composed of curators and staff members of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Old Salem Museums & Gardens, and several leading outside scholars.
The MESDA Summer Institute is a partnership between the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts and the University of Virginias Graduate Program in the History of Art and Architecture. Students receive three hours of graduate credit through the University of Virginia.
Financial aid is available to qualified students and museum professionals.
Applications are due March 12, 2017.
For more information - and an application - visit the 2017 Summer Institute website: http://www.MESDA.org/SI
Or contact April Strader-Bullin at firstname.lastname@example.org / 336-721-7374