July 20, 2024

Class of 2022: Stellar Student Stories, Part 2 of 3

The Class of 2022 began freshman year like any other, swept up in longstanding University of Mary Washington traditions like Move-In Day, Eagle Gathering and Honor Convocation. That all changed when they were sophomores. Classes went online, study abroad trips were postponed and everything – activities, internships and volunteer experiences – became virtual. But these […]

UMW Course Preserves Native American Stories

John Blankenship’s passion for historic preservation is personal. A member of Virginia’s Patawomeck Indian Tribe, he’s always been interested in learning about his family tree and the roots his ancestors laid along the Potomac River. “Since I was young, I’ve wanted to ensure that the people and events of the past are remembered,” he said, […]

Renovated and Ready: Virginia Hall Welcomes New Students

For Terrie Gladney Hoelscher ’78, Virginia Hall meant Friday night singalongs at the parlor piano, cramming into the second-floor phone booth and gliding down stairs on a mattress. “She has good bones, and so much character,” Hoelscher said of the building she and generations of undergrads have called home for more than a century. “My […]

Graves and Ghouls Tour Makes Halloween Début

The past comes alive in historic Fredericksburg, but each Halloween, it’s the dead who are memorialized by University of Mary Washington’s Historic Preservation Club. Earlier this month, the club’s annual Ghostwalk – a popular attraction for the past 36 years – transformed into “Graves and Ghouls,” a graveyard tour that was socially distanced due to […]

UMW Student Lands Competitive Library of Congress Fellowship

History has been a part of Matthew Bova’s life for as long as he can remember. In fact, even longer. The UMW junior’s parents met when they were both historical interpreters at Claude Moore Colonial Farm. “I feel fortunate to have grown up in an area so rich in history,” said Bova, an Arlington, Virginia, […]

Fredericksburg Foundation Honors UMW Historic Preservation Faculty

The Historic Fredericksburg Foundation (HFFI) presented the University’s historic preservation faculty with its 2018 President’s Exceptional Service Award. The award, given at HFFI’s annual meeting Sunday, March 11, recognizes the master teachers for their leadership and initiative in support of preservation through education and volunteering. “The faculty of the Department of Historic Preservation provide a […]