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Slate Seminar

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All Slate Seminar sessions will take place in room 2020 of the W&M School of Education, 301 Monticello Avenue.


The Slate Seminar will take place on Friday and Saturday, in-person only, and will include the following sessions:

Friday, October 27

9:00 am – 10:30 am

Session 1
“Bray School 101: What do we know?”

Members of W&M Bray School Lab team will introduce the history of the Williamsburg Bray School (1760-1774) and share their research findings of the past year.

  • Maureen Elgersman Lee, Director, W&M Bray School Lab
  • Nicole Brown, Graduate Assistant, W&M Bray School Lab
  • Tonia Merideth, Oral Historian, W&M Bray School Lab
  • Elizabeth Drembus, Genealogist, W&M Bray School Lab

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Session 2
“Oral History & Genealogy Research Techniques”

W&M Bray School Lab staff will identify challenges and advise on best practices in oral history and genealogy research, with a focus on African American ancestry.

  • Tonia Merideth, Oral Historian, W&M Bray School Lab
  • Elizabeth Drembus, Genealogist, W&M Bray School Lab

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Session 3
“Hard History: The Work Continues”

As a continuation of last year’s panel, leaders of William and Mary’s The Lemon Project, James Monroe’s Highland, and Bray School Lab will discuss the challenges of their work and share updates on current initiatives.

  • Jody L. Allen, Robert Francis Engs Director, The Lemon Project
  • Sara Bon-Harper, Executive Director, James Monroe’s Highland
  • Maureen Elgersman Lee, Director, W&M Bray School Lab

 

Saturday, October 28

9:00 am – 10:30 am

Session 4
“The Bray School as Contested Space”

In keeping with the “For 2026” conference theme, a panel of William & Mary and Colonial Williamsburg partners will discuss the Williamsburg Bray School as contested space.

Moderated by Maureen Elgersman Lee, Director, W&M Bray School Lab

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Session 5
“Prioritizing Descendant Voices”

Members of the Bray School Descendant Community and the W&M Bray School Lab will discuss methods that center Black children in the history of the Williamsburg Bray School and prioritize the voices of Descendant Community members.

Moderated by Tonia Merideth, Oral Historian, W&M Bray School Lab

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Session 6
“2024: Year of the Bray School”

Led by W&M Bray School Lab staff, this session will explore the importance of 2024 in the historiography of the Williamsburg Bray School and provide a glimpse into next year’s programming by the W&M Bray School Lab.

  • Maureen Elgersman Lee, W&M Bray School Lab
  • Tonia Merideth, W&M Bray School Lab
  • Elizabeth Drembus, W&M Bray School Lab

Please join us for the Friday and Saturday plenary sessions as well.

Friday, October 27, 2023

4:00-5:00 pm
SHUTTLE available to take guests to the plenary session

5:00-6:30 pm

Hennage Auditorium, Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums, 301 South Nassau Street

We thank the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation for giving each registered attendee at the “For 2026” conference series (including RevEd and the Slate Seminar specialized conference tracks) a complimentary 7-day pass to Colonial Williamsburg and all regularly scheduled programming there. Attendees will receive a voucher when they pick up their conference registration packet. The vouchers can be redeemed at any Colonial Williamsburg ticketing site. A valid Colonial Williamsburg pass is required to enter the Hennage Auditorium and to attend the Friday evening plenary session (session 11).

Session 12
“Restoring the Indigenous voice in museums of early America”

An exploration of how we interpret the archaeological and historical evidence of the Indigenous peoples of early America,
and what approaches we take to provide them a voice.

Introduction by Cliff Fleet, CEO of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

A panel moderated by Dr. Mariruth Leftwich, Senior Director, Museum Operations & Education,
Jamestown Yorktown Foundation, and including the following guests:

  • Fallon Burner, Historian, Colonial Williamsburg
  • Sean Devlin, Curator of Archaeology, Colonial Williamsburg
  • Russell Reed, Paspahegh Town Assistant Site Supervisor, JYF
  • Dave Givens, Directory of Archaeology, Jamestown Rediscovery
  • Darius Coombs, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

6:30-7:15 pm

Please join us upstairs in the Art Museums Café for a light reception.


Saturday, October 28, 2023

4:00-5:00 pm
SHUTTLE available to take guests to the plenary session

 

Session 25

 5:00-6:30 pm

On The Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples and the Unmaking of U.S. History
A reading and discussion with author Ned Blackhawk, Yale University

Introduction by Katherine Rowe, President of William & Mary

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For questions regarding the Slate Seminar, contact Maureen Elgersman Lee, director of the W&M Bray School Lab, at elgersman@wm.edu  


Registrants for RevEd and the Slate Seminar are welcome to attend all events related to “For 2026: Contested Freedoms.”


Please be advised that photographs may be taken of speakers and attendees at all “For 2026” events. These images may be used in promotional materials and on websites controlled by the organizers. By attending the event, you are giving permission for the organizers to use your image and likeness.