Summer Institute

2017summerinstitute2017 MESDA Summer Institute
Backcountry: The Great Wagon Road
June 18–July 15, 2017

The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts encourages graduate students, decorative arts professionals, and independent scholars to explore southern history and material culture at the 2017 Summer Institute, “The Great Wagon Road.”

The 2017 Summer Institute emphasizes the early material culture of the Great Wagon Road that stretched from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania southward down the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and into North Carolina. Students will study the region’s economic, social, and cultural history through a multidisciplinary approach, learning current methods of research, interpretation, preservation, and analysis of material culture. The program’s month-long curriculum includes lectures, discussions, workshops, artifact studies, research projects, and an intensive study trip along portions of the Great Wagon Road including Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Hagerstown, Maryland, and Winchester, Virginia, as well as, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Page, Augusta, and Wythe counties in Virginia.

Click here to download an application.

Application deadline: March 12, 2017

About the MESDA Summer Institute

Since the 1970s, the MESDA Summer Institute has provided graduate students, museum professionals, and independent scholars with an in-depth, practice-based education in the decorative arts and material culture of the early American South. The focus of the MESDA Summer Institute rotates between the three regions of the MESDA South: the Backcountry (next in 2017 and 2019), the Lowcountry (next in 2018), and the Chesapeake (next in 2020).

Support the MESDA Summer Institute

The Frank L. Horton Fellowship Fund provides critical support to MESDA’s Summer Institute for Early Southern Decorative Arts and Material Culture. Please click here to contribute to the Frank L. Horton Fellowship Fund.