Meet the Class

Scenes from the Course


Peter Hedlund (of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities          Will Rourk (UVA Library) consults with Mical Tawney,                    Shayne Brandon (IATH) and Lauren Massari (IATH) 
and Encyclopedia Virginia) consults with student Henry Hull.          Elizabeth Sinyard, and Mary Beth Derrick about their                        consult with students.
                                                                                                                                                  Anatomical Theatre project.


Students Baxter Craven and Henry Hull                  Students Ding Zhang and Peter Giscombe            Student Erin Que holding the DJI Inspire            Worthy Martin (IATH) consults with students.
examine the details of the Hotel A basement.         conduct field measurements in the Hotel A          Quadcopter drone used to take photos and 
                                                                       basement.                                                                                   videos.




ARH 5610 Field Methods II: Representing Historic Buildings

Lead Faculty: Andrew Johnston

Consulting Faculty: Louis Nelson


This combined upper level undergraduate and graduate class is a field-based seminar on advanced methods of both traditional and digital representation of historic buildings.  While engaging cutting-edge methods of digital representation, an emphasis will be placed on critical perspectives on story-telling, meaning, and representation. 

The goals of this class are to (1) explore the methodological and theoretical implication of modes of representation (analog and digital), especially in the context of public history; (2) learn skills in analog and digital representation; (3) undertake representations of the spaces of the enslaved at UVA.

This course is project-based. Students, through both individual and group work, create analytical and interpretive representations, both analog and digital, of stories associated with the physical historical landscapes of the enslaved at the Academical Village at UVA.  This work is being undertaken as an initiative associated with JUEL (Jefferson’s University the Early Life), and a University initiative to understand the history of slavery at UVA.

A series of project steps guide the work of this course:
Step 1: Identify, Analyze and Critique Case Study Project (3 weeks)
Individual Work-20% of total grade
Assigned Jan 26, Due February 9
Step 2: Audience, Story, Mode (3 weeks)
Individual Work-20% of total grade
Assigned Feb 9, Due March 1
Step 3: Drafting Your Representations (4 weeks)
Group Work-15% of total grade
Assigned Mar 1, Due April 5
Step 4: Refining Your Representations and Final Presentations (4 weeks)
Group Work-25% of total grade
Assigned April 5, Due April 26
Step 5: Final Submissions-Group and Individual Components
Group work for final submission: revision of final presentation, 10% of total grade
Individual work for final submission: self-reflection essay and revision of Assignments
#1 and #2, 10% of total grade
Assigned April 26, Due May 9
Course Source List:
Bender, Barbara. Stonehenge: Making Space. Oxford: Berg Publishers, 1998.
Issac, Rhys. The Transformation of Virginia, 1740-1790. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1999.
Jackson, Antoinette T. Speaking for the Enslaved: Heritage Interpretation at Antebellum Plantation Sites. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press, 2012. Preface, 1, 2, 5, 7-concl.
Kaufman, Ned. Place, Race, and Story: Essays on the Past and Future of Historic Preservation. New York: Routledge, 2009. Part 1: Prologue, 1, 2, 3
Longstreth, Richard. “The Parts and Their Whole: Conceptualizing a Planning Strategy for Restoration at Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village.” Journal of Planning History 13(1), 2014. pp.3-23.
Smith, George S., Phyllis Mauch Messenger, Hilary A. Soderland eds. Heritage Values in Contemporary Society. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press, 2010. I, 1, 2
Smith, Laurajane. Uses of Heritage. New York: Routledge, 2006. 1, 2, (3), 8
Sobel, Mechal. The World They Made Together: Black and White Values in Eighteenth Century Virginia. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1989.
Heritage and Interpretation of Slavery Sites Sources:
Eichstedt, Jennifer and Stephen Small. Representations of Slavery: Race and ideology in Southern Plantation Museums. Washington: Smithsonian Books, 2002.
Horton, James Oliver. Slavery and Public History: The Tough Stuff of American HistoryUniversity of North Carolina Press, 2008.
Ellis, Clifton and Rebecca Ginsburg eds. Cabin, Quarter, Plantation: Architecture and Landscapes of North American Slavery. New Haven, Yale. 2010.
Vlach, John Michael. Back of the Big House: The Architecture of Plantation SlaveryUniversity of North Carolina Press, 1993.
Gallas, Kristin, James Dewolf Perry, and Rex M. Ellis eds. Interpreting Slavery at Museums and Historic Sites. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2014.
Lonetree, Amy. First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies. University of North Carolina Press, 2012.
Digital History and Public History Sources:
Ayres, Edward, “Valley of the Shadow…” website
Daniel J. Cohen and Roy Rosenzweig. Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006.
Douglas Seefeldt and William G. Thomas, “What is Digital History?,” May, 2009.