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A Mike McGiffert legacy

· September 28th, 2016 · No Comments

by Karin Wulf Next Tuesday, October 4, 2016, we begin a new tradition at the Omohundro Institute: the annual McGiffert Lecture. The lecture series honors the late Michael (Mike) McGiffert who served as editor of the William and Mary Quarterly (WMQ) at the Omohundro Institute from 1972–1997 and also taught at William & Mary. Mike had an enormous influence… Read More »

What’s in the Name (Omohundro)?

· June 21st, 2016 · 5 Comments

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 »

Discoverability, Edwardian Style

· March 29th, 2016 · No Comments

Today, Karin Wulf kicks off a new feature on the Omohundro Institute’s Uncommon Sense blog. #vastEAsources will feature early American historians talking about the place of archival work in their own research and about the little-used or under-publicized archives they love. If you are working with an archive you would like to discuss with the wider… Read More »

#VastEarlyAmerica and Origins Stories: WMQ 1:1

· February 22nd, 2016 · 4 Comments

Last month I wrote about the extraordinary range of subjects, chronologies and geographies encompassed in the field of early American scholarship. As the OI’s support for and investment in interdisciplinary work, and gatherings such as last year’s joint annual conference with the Society of Early Americanists suggest, we should add methods and theoretical approaches to… Read More »

Doing History

· January 22nd, 2016 · 1 Comment

An OI-sponsored monthly series on Liz Covart’s Ben Franklin’s World It’s here! The introductory prequel to “Doing History,” a series of podcasts about how historians work and think created by Liz Covart for her popular show Ben Franklin’s World, is now available for download through your favorite podcast provider or for streaming via the Ben Franklin’s World site or the… Read More »

ICYMI: Why Conferences Still Matter

· December 9th, 2015 · No Comments

In the October 2015 issue of Uncommon Sense, Karin Wulf reflects on why the OI still is dedicated to organizing and sponsoring conferences—inspiring reading perhaps as you contemplate your spring schedule and ask whether that long weekend commitment will really be worth it. Conferences are expensive and time-consuming for both the organizers and the attendees. Conferences are… Read More »