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1950′s Men’s Clothing

I know we talked about the clothes we have to wear for the re-enactment in class today but here is just a little reminder.  Be sure to wear two-toned suits.  That is, either wear a lighter colored pair of pants with a darker jacket or vice versa.  The two different tones suggests that the suit […] Continue reading

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Re-enactment Bio

Hello my name is James Mangan and I am a Junior here at Mary Washington.  I came here on the GI Bill after serving for three years in the 82nd Airborne during the War.  After returning home from the European Theatre of Operations in 1945, I wanted to pursue an education so that I could […] Continue reading

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Suggestions for 1950′s Recreation

I think it would be interesting to recreate a history classroom from the 1950′s.  I’m not exactly sure what roles the guys in the class could potentially have but I’m sure there is a way that we can work them into the reenactment.  Also, I think it would be neat if we were able to […] Continue reading

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Reading Discussion 3/27

A theme in U.S. Women’s history that seems to keep resurfacing in our readings is the role of women during wartime America.  This week’s reading from Modern American Women discusses this theme specifically.  The text says that the image of Rosie … Continue reading Continue reading

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Interview with Barbara Skidmore Sheehan

Below is the interview that was conducted between Barbara Skidmore Sheehan and her daughter Donna Gladis with questions posed from the 1930′s Group.  The interview was conducted on March 1st, 2012.  The 1930′s Group would like to express our deepest … Continue reading Continue reading

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4th Research Log: Interviews

The decade of the 1930′s had many influential professors here at the University of Mary Washington who helped transform the college into the school that it is today.  One of these professors was Dr. Alvey who has a dormitory on … Continue reading Continue reading

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Group Meeting 2/9/12

Our group meeting last thursday was very productive as we determined the name, appearance, and information that our site would have.  We discussed having four main pages that contains the information that we’ve gathered from our individual research.  Their will … Continue reading Continue reading

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3rd Research Log: Interviews

In an interview about Mary Washington, Ruby Lee Norris describes what the “Image of Mary Washington Girl” was when she was attending the college between 1932 and 1936.  She recalls having to wear long-flowing dresses that were nearly around her … Continue reading Continue reading

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Reading Discussion

I thought the article “Girl Reporter Derring-Do” in Modern American Women was very interesting and gave me insight into the world of a young, female reporter named Nellie Bly.  She began her career as a writer at the age of … Continue reading Continue reading

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2nd Research Log

Ruby Lee Norris’ interviews the UMW Alumni Project are a very useful resource in determining what the classroom environment at Mary Washington was like during the 1930′s.  I found it interesting when I learned that she earned a third of … Continue reading Continue reading

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