Students become historian adventurers. In the program’s first year, they traced the influences of West African building techniques from Stagville to Asheville, worked on a virtual 3D historic barn, built their own 19th-century framing joints, and traveled to Historic Jamestown and Coastal Virginia to explore how the food of enslaved people became incorporated into our culture. The second year focused on “The Great Migration,” the early 20th-century movement of large numbers of African-Americans from the South to the North, and its effect on literature, music and more. Research included travels to Wilmington and to Harlem, New York.
The program kicks off in the summer with a one-week immersion program and continues with field trips and monthly meetings throughout the school year.