MESDA Summer Institute
Material Culture and Decorative Arts of the Southern Backcountry
June 22 - July 18, 2014
The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts is accepting applications from graduate students, decorative arts professionals, and independent scholars for the 37th MESDA Summer Institute.
The 2014 Institute emphasizes the material culture of the southern Backcountry, from western Virginia, the Carolinas and Upcountry Georgia to Kentucky and Tenessee. Students study the region’s economic, social and cultural history through a multidisciplinary approach that includes 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 a six-day study trip to important collections, historic sites, and museums in the region.
The Visiting Scholar
Dr. Carroll Van West, Professor of History and Director of the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennesse State University.
About the 2014 Summer Institute
The program’s month-long curriculum includes lectures, discussions, workshops, artifact studies, research projects, and a study trip to important Chesapeake sites and collections
Three hours of graduate credit are awarded through the University of Virginia’s Graduate Program in the History of Art and Architecture. Graduate students in the fields of American history, material culture, museum studies, historic preservation, and related fields, and professionals in the museum, education, or related fields are encouraged to apply.
More information about the 2014 Summer Institute, including a program application form, will be posted on this page shortly.
For further information please contact Sally Gant, Director of Education Programs (SGant@oldsalem.org or call 336-721-7361)
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 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 (2014), the Lowcountry (next in 2015), and the Chesapeake (next in 2016).