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From the OI Archives: Our Copper and Wood Printing Blocks, Part II

· February 14th, 2018 · No Comments

This is the second piece in a series of posts by Laurel Daen on the history of the copper and wood printing block process used to produce the William and Mary Quarterly until the mid-twentieth century. Laurel wrote the pieces in preparation for the OI’s 75th anniversary while she was Lapidus Initiative Communications Coordinator in 2016. A… Read More »

Report on the VCEA

· February 1st, 2018 · No Comments

by Holly Stevens White This past Saturday, the Virginia Consortium of Early Americanists convened for their fourth annual meeting at the University of Richmond. Founded in 2014 in order to provide a forum for the wealth of scholarship focused on early American history in Virginia, each year the program evolves and the number of attendees… Read More »

Meghan Markle and the Long History of American Brides of Color in Britain

· January 24th, 2018 · No Comments

This post, by OI author Daniel Livesay, comes to us courtesy of the UNC Press blog. Daniel Livesay is the author of Children of Uncertain Fortune:  Mixed-Race Jamaicans in Britain and the Atlantic Family, 1733-1833, published with our friends at the University of North Carolina Press. By tracing the largely forgotten eighteenth-century migration of elite mixed-race… Read More »

Seats at the Table

· January 24th, 2018 · No Comments

The spring semester of the Omohundro Institute Colloquia series began last night with a presentation by Richard Godbeer of Virginia Commonwealth University. Four more colloqs will follow in the next few months. Here, W&M Ph.D. candidates Kristen Beales and Peter Olsen-Harbich share their takes on what value attending the sessions even though only postdoctoral work… Read More »

From the OI Archives: Our Copper-and-Wood Printing Blocks

· January 17th, 2018 · No Comments

Our thanks to Laurel Daen for researching and writing this series of posts in preparation for the Omohundro Institute’s 75th anniversary while she was the Lapidus Initiative Communications Coordinator in 2016. A Look at Printing Illustrations in the WMQ in the Mid-Twentieth Century By Laurel Daen Part I In 2018, the OI celebrates its 75th… Read More »

Welcome Catherine E. Kelly, Editor of Books.

· January 9th, 2018 · 1 Comment

The Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture is delighted to announce that Catherine E. Kelly begins this month as our Editor of Books. Her appointment brings the OI’s books program into an exciting new era. Its deep traditions and reputation for excellent scholarship are a vital foundation for the innovations we seek to… Read More »

A Few Thoughts on Holidays in #VastEarlyAmerica

· December 21st, 2017 · No Comments

by Nadine Zimmerli, Associate Editor of Books “We had no ardent spirit of any kind among us” Member of the Lewis and Clark expedition, December 25, 1805 ‘Tis the season. I am daily reminded of this by cheerful notices in my inbox from my alma mater’s bookstore and other retailers, which interrupt the steady flow… Read More »