HIST 397: Topics in Public History

HIST 397-001: Mason's Legacies
(Spring 2020)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M

Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1008

Section Information for Spring 2020

This course is both a new addition to the Mason Legacies initiative and an introduction to documentary editing. Students will transcribe and annotate sections of an account book that belonged to Stevens Thomson Mason (1760-1803), nephew of George Mason IV (the famous George), and his son Armistead Thomson Mason (1787-1819). By reading, transcribing, and annotating the account book, students will learn about family relationships and finances, legal practice and fees, medicine, slavery, the plantation economy and local trade, and other related topics. They will also develop certain digital and editing skills. The digitized account book, with the students' transcriptions and annotations, will be accessible online via Special Collections at Fenwick Library, which owns the account book. Co-taught by Dr. George Oberle and Dr. Cynthia Kierner.

HIST 397 001 enrollment is controlled. Please contact Carrie Grabo at cgrabo1@gmu.edu for permission to register.

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Introduces students to issues and methods in preserving history and presenting historical information to a variety of audiences through museum exhibits, websites, public commemorations, and other means. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 9 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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