July 1, 2022

Moon to Serve as a Panelist at William & Mary’s Lemon Project

Professor of History and Director of American Studies Krystyn Moon

Professor of History and Director of American Studies Krystyn Moon

Professor Krystyn R. Moon from the Department of History and American Studies will be part of a panel at the College of William & Mary’s annual Lemon Project Symposium to be held March 25-26, 2022. “The Future of Ethnic Studies: A Community Panel” will explore interdisciplinary degree programs in Virginia at the collegiate level.

To learn more about the Lemon Project, a program named after a man who was enslaved at the College of William and Mary, click here.

Moon Publishes Field Research on Central Cuba

Professor of History and American Studies Krystyn Moon recently co-authored two articles on central Cuba.

Professor of History and American Studies Krystyn Moon recently co-authored two articles on central Cuba.

Krystyn Moon, Professor of History and American Studies, recently co-authored two articles on central Cuba. “La Picadora: A Case Study in Cuban Agroecotourism,” which appeared last summer in the International Journal of Cuban Studies, looks at the impact of sustainable farming and tourism on a rural community that historically had not seen foreign visitors. “Food Access, Identity, and Taste in Two Rural Cuban Communities” interrogates Bourdieu’s notions of class identity by exploring food preferences among fishers and farmers in Sancti Spíritus Province. This essay was recently published in Gastronomica.

Moon’s research began through an educational exchange sponsored by COPLAC in 2015.

African American Heritage Trail Committee Wins Archaeology Award (Krystyn Moon)

Professor of History and Director of American Studies Krystyn Moon

Professor of History and Director of American Studies Krystyn Moon

Professor of History and American Studies Krystyn Moon is a member of the African American Heritage Trail Committee, which was recently presented with the Brenman Archaeology Award by the City of Alexandria. The city’s official announcement is below:

Alexandria Archaeological Commission Announces Winners of Brenman Archaeology Award

The Alexandria Archaeological Commission (AAC) is proud to announce the winners of the annual Bernard “Ben” Brenman Archaeology in Alexandria Award. The awards, named in honor of the late Ben Brenman, a longtime Commission chair, were presented by Mayor Wilson on Tuesday, October 26th at the Alexandria City Council meeting. Councilmember Redella S. “Del” Pepper read the proclamation.

The 2021 honorees are:

Griffin Burchard: Outstanding Preservation Advocate, for his contribution to the stewardship of Douglass Cemetery, one of Alexandria’s historic Black cemeteries; for planning and implementing his 2019 Eagle Scout project at Douglass Cemetery, including the creation of a new interpretive historical sign at the site; for raising awareness about these sacred and fragile sites and the recognition that preserving Black cemeteries means preserving the history of Black Alexandrians; and for immeasurably enhancing the quality of life in Alexandria by caring for the final resting place of those buried here.

Members of the African American Heritage Trail Committee (including UMW Professor of History Krystyn Moon, far right, pink shirt) accept the Brenman Archaeology Award from the City of Alexandria.

Members of the African American Heritage Trail Committee (including UMW Professor of History Krystyn Moon, far right, pink shirt) accept the Brenman Archaeology Award from the City of Alexandria.

African American Heritage Trail Committee (Councilman John Chapman, Susan Cohen, Gwen Day-Fuller, Elizabeth “Indy” McCall, Maddy McCoy, Krystyn Moon, McArthur Myers, and Ted Pulliam, founding and current members): Outstanding Community History, in recognition of their dedication to researching and highlighting the contributions of African Americans to Alexandria’s historic waterfront and throughout the city; for their leadership in the community history movement that engages residents and visitors with new ways of telling Alexandria’s unique history; and for their commitment to instilling a sense of collective ownership of the past for all Alexandrians.

The Alexandria Archaeological Commission (AAC) established the Brenman Award in 2007 in honor of the late activist and retired U.S. Army colonel. Brenman had devoted himself to finding, preserving, and sharing Alexandria’s rich and diverse heritage, and was a founding member of the AAC, serving as its chair for 21 years. The AAC, a City of Alexandria commission, was the first of its kind established in the U.S.

The Brenman Award recognizes businesses, organizations, families, professional preservationists, volunteers, students, and other individuals who have demonstrated work or efforts in archaeological investigation, research, site protection, education, public interpretation, open space design, collections, or conservation.

The 15-member AAC is appointed by the City Council and develops goals and priorities for Alexandria’s archaeological heritage. The commission works closely with residents, government agencies, developers, and teachers to promote archaeology in the city.

Moon Gives Talk on “Exploring Systemic Racism in Alexandria: Housing”

Professor of History and Director of American Studies Krystyn Moon

Professor of History and Director of American Studies Krystyn Moon

Professor of History and Director of American Studies Krystyn Moon recently gave a talk on “Exploring Systemic Racism in Alexandria: Housing” on March 18 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Virginia. Dr. Moon discussed “how the confluence of a Jim Crow past, plus development and market pressures, constrained the options of Blacks seeking to live in the city,” according to an article in the Alexandria Patch. Read more.

Moon Discusses Alexandria Neighborhood in The Washington Post

Professor of History and Director of American Studies Krystyn Moon

Professor of History and Director of American Studies Krystyn Moon

Professor of History and Director of American Studies Krystyn Moon offered comments to The Washington Post on Lenox Place, a quiet townhome community in Alexandria’s Arlandia neighborhood, close to where Amazon’s second headquarters is being built in Crystal City. Past president of the Alexandria Historical Society, Moon has written papers on Alexandria history and participated in an event entitled, “From Arlandria to Chirilagua: The Remaking of a Northern Virginia Neighborhood, 1960s- 1980s,” as part of Episcopal High School’s community engagement program.

But not all Arlandrians are as receptive to their new neighbors. Known as “Chirilagua” after a town in El Salvador, Arlandria is a diverse community with a sizable Salvadoran, Guatemalan, Honduran and Mexican population. “It is like the world in microcosm,” said Krystyn Moon, professor of history and American studies at University of Mary Washington. Read more.

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Moon Interviewed about Civil War Era Black Performer

Professor of History and Director of American Studies Krystyn Moon

Professor of History and Director of American Studies Krystyn Moon

Professor of History and American Studies Krystyn Moon was recently interviewed by Atlas Obscura about Thomas Dilward, one of the first African-American performers to tour with all-white minstrel troupes during the Civil War. Dilward made history as a member of these troupes, whose performances featured racist caricatures and exclusion, the article states. Later, he joined several black troupes that emerged after the Civil War.

Black troupes still performed white stereotypes of black people, but their performances allowed black people to gain some control over how they were portrayed on stage, and there were few other ways to make a living as a black performer, Moon says. Read more.

 

Moon Receives Annual Brenman Archaelogy in Alexandria Award

Krystyn Moon, third from the left, with the Fort Ward Interpretive Committee, which received the Brenman Archaeology in Alexandria Award.

Krystyn Moon, third from the left, with the Fort Ward Interpretive Committee, which received the Brenman Archaeology in Alexandria Award.

Professor of History and Director of American Studies Krystyn Moon was announced as one of the recipients of the annual Bernard “Ben” Brenman Archaeology in Alexandria Award. The awards, named in honor of the late Ben Brenman, a longtime Commission chair, were presented by Mayor Wilson on Wednesday, October 2 at the Alexandria City Council meeting.

For the past few years, Moon has volunteered as a historical researcher as part of the Fort Ward Interpretive Committee to provide an integrated narrative of a city park, which was the site of a Union fort and an African American neighborhood from the late 1860s through the 1960s. The city government had appointed Moon and others on the committee to work on this project. Most of the committee members were representatives from the local community, but Moon was brought on as both a city resident and a professional historian.

 

Moon Interviewed for Washingtonian Article

Joe Guinto, freelance writer for the Washingtonian, interviewed Krystyn Moon, associate professor in history and director of American studies, on hyper-consumerism in the Washington, D.C. metro area for his article, “How Much it Really Costs to Live in Washington.” The article appears in the November 2014 issue.  Moon teaches American consumerism as part of the American Studies program.