Dear friends and early Americanists,
Please forward this to anyone who might be interested, to help us spread the word. Apologies to anyone whose address I have missed.
The Virginia Consortium of Early Americanists invites you to attend its third annual meeting, to be held on Saturday, January 28, at the Library of Virginia (800 E. Broad Street) in Richmond.
The program committee, consisting of Jim Ambuske (UVA), Laurel Daen (W&M), Alexi Garrett (UVA), Steven Harris-Scott (GMU), Sarah Meacham (VCU), Spencer Wells (W&M), and myself, with special help from Karin Wulf (Omohundro/W&M), has a great day planned.
In keeping with Karin's ongoing vision for the group, the gathering is intended to give us all a chance to come together and appreciate the depth and breadth of early American scholarship in Virginia. It is an opportunity to make new connections and share
I have attached the program for the day, which begins at 10:00am and lasts until the now-standard happy hour outing at 4:45pm. In between, we will hear from Gregg Kimball of the Library of Virginia on that institution's many related resources, we will
have a lightning round to showcase a variety of works in progress, we will have a session on new digital projects around the state, and we will have a papers session covering a range of topics. Many thanks to Jim Ambuske, Brent Tarter, and Sarah Meacham for
agreeing to chair these various sessions. [Note: there will be no pre-circulated papers this year.] We will have breakfast and lunch provided for attendees in-house. Afterward, happy hour will be a couple blocks away at the venerable Penny Lane Pub.
Although the Library of Virginia has had to close on Saturdays as a result of budget cuts, the facility will be open to our meeting on this day by special arrangement. Accordingly, there will be free parking underneath the building as well as street parking
available throughout the surrounding streets.
Please send to Spencer Wells ([log in to unmask]
) with VCEA RSVP on the subject line and with a CC to me ([log in to unmask]
) your name and institutional affiliation (optional)
for a name badge. There is no registration charge; an RSVP will help us plan the food and other seating needs.
We are looking forward to seeing you all! Thanks for everyone's interest and work on behalf of the group,
Ryan K. Smith
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of History
Virginia Commonwealth University