Event Title

Bringing the Norm to the 'Burgs: Gender and Design at two Virginia Normal Schools 1908-1928

Location

Taylor 304, Madison Union, JMU

Start Date

4-6-2019 3:10 PM

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The purpose of this presentation is to compare James Madison University and the University of Mary Washington from their start with the passing of a 1908 General Assembly bill creating state normal schools for women in Harrisonburg and Fredericksburg, Virginia. The focus is on the two schools from their creation, with an emphasis on how gender contributed to the architectural styles of both campuses and how Southern cultural ideals and Progressive Era ideals of the early 20th century shaped the experiences of the women during the first two decades of the two institutions' histories.

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Apr 6th, 3:10 PM

Bringing the Norm to the 'Burgs: Gender and Design at two Virginia Normal Schools 1908-1928

Taylor 304, Madison Union, JMU

The purpose of this presentation is to compare James Madison University and the University of Mary Washington from their start with the passing of a 1908 General Assembly bill creating state normal schools for women in Harrisonburg and Fredericksburg, Virginia. The focus is on the two schools from their creation, with an emphasis on how gender contributed to the architectural styles of both campuses and how Southern cultural ideals and Progressive Era ideals of the early 20th century shaped the experiences of the women during the first two decades of the two institutions' histories.