Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture

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Meet OI Fellow Shauna Sweeney

· September 21st, 2016 · No Comments

Shauna Sweeney joined the Institute this summer as the 2016-2018 OI-NEH Fellow. Her research focuses on female-centered market networks in the Caribbean and their significance to the rise of Atlantic commerce and the transition from slavery to freedom during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Laurel Daen (William & Mary Ph.D. 2016), sat down recently with Shauna… Read More »

An update on the Georgian Papers Programme

· September 14th, 2016 · No Comments

This post by Patricia Methven, Programme Manager of the Georgian Papers Programme project, appeared recently on the GPP blog of King’s College London, our partners in this exciting initiative. You can read more about the program, including opportunities for fellowships, workshops and more, here. by Patricia Methven It is now just over a year since HM… Read More »

Beginning and Ending with Footnotes

· September 7th, 2016 · No Comments

In today’s post, WMQ author Michael D. Breidenbach (July 2016) reflects on the beginning and end of historical writing. by Michael D. Breidenbach An unavoidable task in historical writing is beginning and ending within particular time periods, dates, or moments. But while a published article denotes its end—the publication date—historical writing often does not admit of a beginning.… Read More »

2017 Conference Applications Due Soon

· September 6th, 2016 · No Comments

The fall semester is just underway on campuses across the United States, but it’s already time to think about next summer’s conference season. In just one week (on September 15), we will reach the application deadline for the 23rd Annual Institute Conference, scheduled for June 15-18, 2017, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The program committee, chaired… Read More »

Reflections on the Lapidus Scholars’ Workshop

· August 31st, 2016 · No Comments

Today’s guest post is by Bryan C. Rindfleisch, an assistant professor of history at Marquette University. It was July 4, 2016. I found myself sitting on the curb at the intersection of Duke of Gloucester and Henry Streets, at one of the entrances to Colonial Williamsburg. I watched as families, big and small, dashed into… Read More »

Hogshead Revisited: a short-term fellowship report from Melissa Morris

· August 24th, 2016 · No Comments

In today’s post, Omohundro Institute short-term fellow Melissa Morris (Columbia University), details how she used her time in Williamsburg and what she found out about the tobacco industry in early America. by Melissa Morris For the last two months I have researched my dissertation project about seventeenth-century tobacco cultivation and trade as an Omohundro Institute short-term… Read More »

How I learned to stop worrying and love Reader D

· August 17th, 2016 · No Comments

by Kirsten Fischer In today’s post, WMQ author Kirsten Fischer (July 2016) delves into her relationship with Reader D and how their interaction ultimately influenced her piece. Powerful intellectual opposition to one’s ideas is a disturbing, provoking, and very useful thing.  That’s what I learned from Reader D, the anonymous reviewer who went to great lengths to… Read More »