Online Version of Volume 2, Number 1 (Fall 2010) Launched

10 Feb

The  online version of Volume 2, Number 1 (Fall 2010) was launched at the release party this Monday. The online version is hosted through Issuu, and is available here.

Volume 2, Number 1 (Online)



AHR Fall 2010 Release Party-Monday February 7th

4 Feb

Release Party for the Fall 2010 Issue of the

Academical Heritage Review

Jefferson Hall (Hotel C, West Range)

Monday, February 7, 4-7 pm

The Editorial Board of the Academical Heritage Review and the Arts and Sciences Council invite you to a release party for the Fall 2010 edition of the Academical Heritage Review!

Come enjoy a keynote address by Prof. Paul Halliday of the Corcoran Department of History and the opportunity to meet and mingle with department professors, the members of the Academical Heritage Review Editorial Board, the undergraduates whose work appears in the journal and other History Majors and Minors.  Assorted desserts will be provided for refreshment.


Hope to see you there!


Fall 2010 Academical Heritage Review to be released December 10th

17 Nov

The Fall 2010 issue of the Academical Heritage Review will be released on grounds on December 10th. We will also unveil our on-line viewing platform on December 10th, to coincide with the release of the print edition. Stay tuned for the announcement of a reception  in January to meet and great with History Department professors, the Editorial Board of the Academical Heritage Review, and some of the contributors. More details to come later.

Academical Heritage Review Now Accepting Submissions for Fall 2010

7 Sep

Would you like to have your original historical research published? Now is your chance. Submit your research to the undergraduate journal of the University Historical Society, the Academical Heritage Review. The submission form is located in the left hand column of this website in the black “Resources” box.

Your submission should be original research conducted and written while an undergraduate student at U.Va. It may cover any subject, though the focus of the journal will be on American History and the history of the University. Appropriate topics that are not pure history, for example American Legal Development, may also be considered. All undergraduates are welcome to submit, both Majors and Non-Majors alike.

The deadline for submission for publication in the Fall 2010 issue is Sunday, October 10.

Don’t hesitate to contact the editorial staff with questions at

First issue of the Academical Heritage Review Released today

29 Apr

The first issue of the Academical Heritage Review has hit grounds. Make sure to get your copy at a library or on the newspaper racks in buildings like Newcomb or New Cabell. Special thanks to the Editorial Board from this semester. We will see you again next year! Remember you can always submit your research to

UVA Today on AHR

29 Apr

Check out the feature article on UVA Today about the Academical Heritage Review

New Student History Group Launches Undergraduate Journal

April 19, 2010 — A year ago, the University of Virginia had no student organization dedicated to the study of history – something that surprised first-year student Thomas Howard, who arrived from Richmond with a love for history and a desire to explore outside of the classroom.

So last fall Howard took the initiative to form the University Historical Society, an organization for history students in the College of Arts & Sciences. Although the group has received support from faculty in U.Va.’s Corcoran Department of History, it is entirely student-run.

In its inaugural year, the society has sponsored a two-part speaker series and is on the verge of launching a journal featuring undergraduate research papers.

The speaker series featured historians John Kulda, an independent author and former employee at the Library of Virginia, and Dan Thorpe, the chairman of the history department at Virginia Tech. “Both turned into roundtable discussions rather than a simple lecture,” Howard said.

The first issue of the Academical Heritage Review – the only undergraduate history publication at U.Va. –  is set to be released on April 26, which Howard hopes will give students and faculty time to read it before final exams kick in. It will feature about 200 pages of pictures and essays. Copies will be given to history faculty, and distribution points will be set up around Grounds.

The journal’s undergraduate authors are taking a variety of classes and receive input from various professors and advisers. “It is interdisciplinary by nature,” Howard said.

The original concept was for the journal to focus solely on the history of U.Va., but Howard and the rest of the editorial board opted to widen its focus within the field of American history.  But the content in Academical Heritage Review is not exclusive to a particular subject area, according to Howard.  Of the nine essays featured in the debut issue, two have foreign themes.

The first issue will also include two essays on the history of U.Va., set apart in their own section. Howard said that these essays lend the journal a unique character, and showcase U.Va. students who are interested in their own school.

Society members solicited journal submissions through the history department and the Undergraduate Research Network e-mail lists. According to Howard, they received many more submissions than were expected for the first edition of a fledgling publication.

“Being able to be published is a huge draw for a lot of people,” Howard said. “The writing is happening – the history department writes a lot – so why not?”

Deciding which papers to feature was a difficult process. Two of the eight members of the editorial board read each submission and presented their thoughts at a “table read” with the entire board. Essays were chosen on style and content as well as originality.

Looking ahead, Howard said that the University Historical Society will seek to forge a closer relationship with the history department. He also hopes club members will begin to contribute to the environment of history in Virginia outside of the University setting. Students could access this community by bringing in speakers from outside institutions or conducting student-curated exhibits. Howard feels that these initiatives would give students an opportunity to see a different aspect of history outside the classroom.

“History helps us understand why we are the way we are. It reflects forward onto our society. The more we understand where our problems and challenges come from, the better equipped we are to handle them,” Howard said.

–Matt Kelly

The Colonnade Lecture Series–Dr. Dan Thorp

30 Mar

Dr. Dan Thorp “Lewis and Clark, an American Journey”

April 1st, 2010, 7:00 PM-Colonnade Club Library (Pavilion VII, West Lawn)

Dr. Dan Thorp

Daniel Thorp was born in North Carolina but grew up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.   He returned to North Carolina after high school and entered Davidson College, from which he was graduated in 1976.  While at Davidson, Mr. Thorp spent his summers as a guide at the Gettysburg National Military Park — an experience that showed him it WAS possible to make money as an historian; so after graduation he went on to graduate work in Colonial American history and earned both a masters and doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University.

Mr. Thorp began his teaching career as a visiting instructor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and then spent three years at East Carolina University.  He returned to Virginia Tech in 1986, however, and has taught there ever since, earning university awards both for teaching and undergraduate advising.  He is currently an Associate Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History.  He has also taught at Sunderland University, in England, and spent six months as a Fulbright Scholar in Wellington, New Zealand.

Throughout his career, Mr. Thorp’s central research interest has been the process by which European explorers and colonizers interacted with new peoples and new environments.  He is the author of a number of articles on a range of topics in eighteenth and nineteenth-century American history and two books: The Moravian Community in Colonial North Carolina and Lewis & Clark: An American Journey.  He has also written about early European experiences in New Zealand and New France and is currently working on a book-length study of Indian-White relations in seventeenth-century Acadia (what are now Maine and Maritime Canada).

Mr. Thorp’s teaching spans the history of the United States.  Though trained as a colonial historian, he often teaches introductory surveys of the history of the United States.  For several years he has been working with colleagues at Virginia Tech to make these large survey classes a better learning environment for their students through the use of computers.  These efforts have been supported by grants from the university and from the National Endowment for the Humanities and contributed to the completion of the Digital History Reader, which recently received the Virginia Tech’s XCaliber Award for technology-assisted teaching and learning.