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What’s in a Name: Or, Who Put the Omohundro in the Institute of Early American History and Culture

oieahc · June 29th, 2016 · No Comments

by Alexandra Finley I originally encountered the name Omohundro during my first year of graduate school, when I was an editorial apprentice at the Institute. During our training, then-director Ron Hoffman met with the apprentices to tell us the history of the organization, including how it came to be the Omohundro Institute of Early American… Read More »

What’s in the Name (Omohundro)?

Karin Wulf · June 21st, 2016 · 1 Comment

by Karin Wulf Over the years people have wondered about the name “Omohundro.”  Many have asked about the derivation of the name itself and about why the OI carries the name. But there are always questions, too, about how the Omohundro name might be connected to the early Virginia economy that was dependent on the… Read More »

Carl’s Guide to Worcester’s Restaurants and Bars

Martha Howard · June 16th, 2016 · No Comments

Here it is, uncut and uncensored… Carl Keyes’ guide to where to eat in Worcester. Carl has hosted us before and we can confirm that he is very, very good at picking restaurants. And cocktails. A work in progress compiled by Carl Robert Keyes, Assumption College Worcester is an acquired taste, but I’ve grown to… Read More »

OI-JR Fellow Lauren Working looks at stories in artifacts

oieahc · June 8th, 2016 · No Comments

Gentlemen in Jacobean London were fascinated by Virginia and its inhabitants. They pranced before King James dressed like “Virginians” with feathers entwined in their hair. They wrote poems that compared the rapture of discovering their mistress’ body to the glory of exploring the “New-found-land”. They invested in the Virginia Company, and when it went bankrupt,… Read More »

Short-term fellow’s report from Ashli White

oieahc · June 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Ashli White (University of Miami), recently completed a short-term fellowship at the Omohundro Institute. In today’s post, she outlines her research project and talks about what she found while here. by Ashli White I arrived to the Institute at the beginning of this month to conduct some research for my project that explores the political, social, and… Read More »

Translation and Transmission in the Early Americas: The Fourth Early Americanist ‘Summit’

oieahc · May 25th, 2016 · No Comments

Washington DC and the University of Maryland, 2–5 June, 2016 Traduttore, traitore; translatio studii; translatio imperii. The matter of translation is central to the study of the histories, literatures, and cultures of the early Americas, where speakers of indigenous, Indo-European, African, and Asian languages negotiated what words meant and who had the power to wield… Read More »

Familiar Sources and Forgotten Colonies

oieahc · May 19th, 2016 · No Comments

WMQ author Justin Roberts reflects on the unexpected route that led him to the article on British plantation management in Barbados that appears in the April issue. by Justin Roberts As I was writing my first book about British Atlantic plantation management in the late eighteenth century, I found myself burrowing back further in time with my… Read More »