Century America

The Century America project is a COPLAC digital history project that explores the experiences of nine colleges and universities and their communities during the Great War. Under the leadership of Dr. Jeffrey McClurken from the University of Mary Washington and Dr. Ellen Holmes Pearson from the University of North Carolina Asheville, undergraduate students from each institution conducted research and created projects on their respective institutions and surrounding communities.


UMW Century America Team photo by Leigh Williams

Jack Hylan is a History major and Digital Studies minor. Jack was responsible for the content of the Fredericksburg Community, Dr. Urbane Bass, and the Flu at the State Normal School pages.

Candice Roland is a Historic Preservation and American Studies major with a minor in Museum Studies, especially interested in local history and using digital media to tell the compelling stories. She created content for the Knox family and Fredericksburg community pages and for Voices of the Great War. Candice is currently working at the Virginia Historical Society.

Leah Tams is a senior History major and Mathematics minor and aspires to one day work in museum archives and collections. She has held several museum internships, including one at the Smithsonian Institution Archives, and transcribes for the Papers of James Monroe. Leah was responsible for the content of the Academics and Student Life pages for the Fredericksburg State Normal School portion of this website.

Julia Wood is a senior who is double majoring in History and Geography, and has recently received her certificate in GIS (Geographic Information Systems).  She hopes to one day apply GIS to either of her majors in the professional world, and has been lucky enough to participate in internships that have allowed her to do so at the U.S. Geological Survey and at Gari Melchers’ Home and Studio at Belmont.  Julia was responsible for the information present on the Josiah Rowe page and for the Faculty and Staff section of the State Normal School.