The Gilder-Lehrman “Princeton Seminar” on the Colonial Era is Back! Apply Now!

We are entering Year 6 of the seminar. Join us in Princeton this summer!  Read posts from the last six years here. Here are details from the Gilder-Lehrman website: DIRECTORS John Fea, Professor of History, Messiah College OVERVIEW Rather than thinking about colonial America as a necessary forerunner to the American Revolution or the birth of … Continue reading The Gilder-Lehrman “Princeton Seminar” on the Colonial Era is Back! Apply Now!

Princeton Seminar: Day 4

Today the 2018 Princeton Seminar hit the road.  We spent the day in Philadelphia with George Boudreau, author of Independence: A Guide to Historic Philadelphia.  George is fixture of the Philadelphia public history world and probably knows more about colonial Philadelphia than anyone else alive.  The teachers got a real treat today!      

Day 2 of the 2018 Princeton Seminar is in the Books

See previous posts on the 2018 Gilder-Lehrman Princeton Seminar here. Today we dove into some content.  After introductions and the showing of the classic colonial America historiography scene from Good Will Hunting, I introduced the teachers to Whig history and suggested why this is an awful way of understanding colonial America.  We talked a lot about … Continue reading Day 2 of the 2018 Princeton Seminar is in the Books

Day 1 of the Princeton Seminar is in the Books

Over 30 teachers from all over the country are in Princeton this week for the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History summer seminar on the “Colonial Era.”  Stay tuned for updates throughout the week. Kudos to Nate McAlister, the 2010 National History of the Year, for helping with travel schedules and getting everyone set-up in their … Continue reading Day 1 of the Princeton Seminar is in the Books

2017 Princeton Seminar: Day 6

The 2017 Princeton Seminar on the “Colonial Era” wrapped-up yesterday. The day began with lectures on the “Enlightenment in America” and the “First Great Awakening.”  The Enlightenment lecture focused largely on the lives of Philip Vickers Fithian and Benjamin Franklin.  The teachers read my The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Philip Vickers Fithian and the Rural Enlightenment … Continue reading 2017 Princeton Seminar: Day 6

Princeton Seminar 2017: Day 3

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History “Colonial Era” teachers seminar (aka the “Princeton Seminar“) is rolling along. This morning in the lecture hall we finished our discussion of colonial Virginia. I made the connection between mercantilism and tobacco culture and challenged the teachers to consider the social and cultural influence of tobacco on race, … Continue reading Princeton Seminar 2017: Day 3