Shenandoah Valley Regional Studies Seminar
explores topics pertinent to the history of the Valley. Scholars from
colleges, universities, museums, libraries, and other institutions present
their research here. The general public is welcome to attend.
The Seminar is co-sponsored with Lord
Fairfax Community College. Meetings begin at 3:35 p.m.
in Jackson Hall Room 107 at James Madison University , unless otherwise announced.
Most take place on the third Friday of the month, and there are typically
six or seven seminars during the school year. For directions, see
Call for Papers 2014-15
Call for Papers: The Shenandoah Valley Regional
Studies Seminar seeks papers on topics of regional interest. Papers are
encouraged on a wide variety of subjects relative to the Shenandoah Valley
and related regions. The seminar is multidisciplinary and intended for
historians, anthropologists, geographers, and other social scientists as
well as botanists, geologists, environmentalists, writers, students of
literature, and independent scholars. The seminar meets at 3:35 PM the third
Friday of every month during the academic year at James Madison University
in Harrisonburg, VA.
Submission Deadline for the 2014-2015 academic
year is 15 April 2014.
For more information contact:
J. Chris Arndt, Professor of History
Associate Dean, College of Arts and
James Madison University
54 Bluestone Drive
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
21 September —
Robert Calhoon, University of North Carolina at Greensboro,
"The Twentieth-Century Persistence of Political Moderation in the Southern
19 October —
Dan McDermott, Montgomery College, “Land Patents in the Great
Valley of Maryland”
16 November —
Clarence Geier, James Madison University, “With Sheridan in the
18 January —
Andrew Witmer, James Madison University, “The James Madison
University History Harvest”
15 February —
Nathan Ryalls, James Madison University, "’For Dixie Children’:
Confederate Textbooks and the Creation of Confederate Nationalism”
15 March —
Carole Nash, James Madison University, “’Solid Comfort at Stony Man
Camp’: An Archaeological Study of Late 19th Century Recreation in the
Virginia Blue Ridge”
Speakers in 2011-12
Patrick Farris, “History of
the Creation of Warren County”
Dan McDermott, “Gustavaus Sohon: Artist of the Pacific Northwest 1853-1855”
- 11 November
"Elder John Kline,
Physician, and Antebellum Brethren Medicine"
- 20 January
Charity Derrow, “A Simple Kitchen Garden: It’s
Life Giving Role for the Nineteenth Century Family”
- 17 February
Olivia Good, “Paved Over with
Good Intentions: The Impact of National Municipal Planning Trends and
Perceptions of Ideal Communities on Historic and Modern Urban Renewal
Efforts in Harrisonburg, Virginia”
- 29-31 March
— Virginia Forum, Harrisonburg, Virginia
- 20 April
Derick Stackpole, “From the American
Civil War to the First World War: A Comparative Study of Trench Warfare at
the Battle of Petersburg and the Meuse-Argonne Offensive”
Speakers in 2010-11
Dan McDermott, (emeritus), Montgomery College, “Eye of the Explorer: Isaac
Stevens and the Pacific Railroad Expeditions, 1853-54."
Luther Roadcap, Bridgewater College, "Unforgiving Times: The Depression-Era
Eviction of the Mountain Residents in Shenandoah National Park" at the
Paul Belmont, United States Military Academy,
"The Advent of Universal
Public Education in Virginia and its Valley: Reconstruction through the
Progressive Era, 1865-1920."
Patrick Farris, Warren
Heritage Society, Front Royal, Virginia, “Front Royal’s Civil
War Hospital: Fluctuation of Mid-Nineteenth Century Racial and Gendered
Identities during Wartime in the Shenandoah.”
Eric Bryan, Frontier Culture Museum of
Virginia "West Africa West of the Blue Ridge: Challenges and Opportunities
at the Frontier Culture Museum's West African Farm."
Steven J. Peach, Northern Illinois University, "A 'mingled
effect' of American Indian and European Cultures: A Material Culture
Approach to Intercultural Exchange in the Eastern Ohio Country, 1740-1770."
Speakers in 2009-10
Department of History, James Madison University, "The Community as Classroom:
exploring Enterprise and Society in New South Harrisonburg"
Historical Geographer, Department of Applied Technologies (emeritus), Montgomery
College, “Settling the Backcountry: The Case of Western Maryland and the
Thomas, School of Architecture, University of Virginia, "Slavery in
Shenandoah County: Buildings and Landscapes"
Christina Wulf, Department of History, James Madison University, “From
the Birth of an Industry to the End of an Era: What Avtex Fibers Front Royal,
Inc. can tell us about 20th century America”
Kelley, Department of History, Clark University, "Education for Eternity:
Religion and Morality in Virginia Women's Education, 1861-1920."
Department of History, James Madison University, “Moonshining in Rockingham
County, Virginia: A Case Study on Oral Traditions and Folkways”
Scott Jost, Department of Art, Bridgewater College, “Source
and Confluence: Photographing the Chesapeake Bay Watershed"