Wednesday, August 8, 2012
I was one of over fifty applicants who applied for the John H. Daniels Fellowship program. The purpose of the fellowship is to fund a research stay at the National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg, Virginia. I can not go into too much detail about the specifics of my project. Instead, I will say that this facility houses one of the largest collections of primary documents related to field and equestrian sports. I gained access to books that were published in the seventeenth century! I collected a a significant amount of research that will help me in the upcoming year. I feel more confident than ever about my thesis project. Thank you National Sporting Library for selecting me as a fellow.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
I am a former employee of Ferry Farm, Archaeology Lab in Virginia. I absolutely loved working for this facility and I miss it terribly! The George Washington Foundation held a field school this summer with two universities. When I learned that I might be able to participate as a volunteer, I jumped at the opportunity! When I worked for Ferry Farm, my duties were usually restricted to the lab (usually). I did not have the opportunity to dig. I volunteered one work-day a week in the field for six weeks. While volunteering, I recovered a minnie ball, several ceramic sherds and other "typical" historic artifacts. The crew was friendly, outgoing and absolutely wonderful to work with. I had a grand time. A few sherds of Mary Washington's china were recovered from the site, I did not find these sherd but they were still my favorite find of the summer. My favorite modern artifact was the old cassette tape, a little worse for wear. The site was massive and the Virginia summer heat offered no favors. I would recommend this field school program to any Undergraduate or Graduate student looking for a first-time field school experience. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the final week. I came to Middleburg a few days ago to conduct my thesis research- something that I will be working on over the course of the following year.