Saturday, February 22, 2014

Mount Vernon 2014 Collaborative Historic Preservation Field School May 27- July 3

George Washington’s Mount Vernon, located near Washington, DC, is the historic site dedicated to interpreting the life of the first president within the context of his home and plantation.  The 2014 Mount Vernon/University of Maryland (UMD) Field School in Historic Preservation is in the second year of a multi-year project to explore the archaeological, architectural, and interpretive histories of the Washington families’ and create an integrated approach to its study, documentation, and public presentation.

This course will instruct students in historic preservation method and theory. Students will learn archaeological and architectural field methodology, laboratory procedures, and current themes in historical archaeology and preservation. Through readings, discussions, and field trips, as well as conducting fieldwork at George Washington’s original Mansion House Farm, students will delve into three prominent themes of historic house museums – the evolution of the plantation landscape, African American history, and public interpretation.


  • Field school dates: May 27th - July 3
  • Faculty: UMD Professor Donald Linebaugh and MVLA Historic Preservation staff 
  • College Credit: 6 undergraduate or graduate cred
  • Housing: Mount Vernon does not offer housing on the property, but staff will work with students to find local accommodations if necessary. 
  • A modest stipend will be provided.


  • Full-time undergraduate or graduate student with good academic standing. 
  • Interest in historical archaeology, historic preservation, museums, and American history. 
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team. 
  • Capable of doing strenuous work outdoors in hot and humid
  •  conditions. 

Applicants should submit a resume, contact information for two references and
letter, including a statement detailing interest in this program by March 31st, 2014. Please email Eleanor Breen, Deputy Director for Archaeology,

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