Explore History Weekend for High School Girls

History is all around us in this part of Virginia. Take advantage of that at Sweet Briar’s Explore History Weekend where you will learn about history using a variety of hands-on learning experiences.

Spend a weekend on our beautiful campus and work with original sources and artifacts to learn about life on a southern plantation after the Civil War. Go behind the scenes at a rare books archive and a historical museum and experience historical techniques of manufacturing.

This event is open to high school girls in their sophomore, junior and senior years.

Explore History Weekend | April 6-7, 2018


Cost is $90 and includes room and board, snacks, supplies and a T-shirt.


Please register below by March 12 for highest priority. Space is limited.


Please contact:

Pam Simpson
P | 434-381-6443
E | psimpson@sbc.edu

Friday, April 6, 2018

Campus Tour
4 p.m.

Event Introduction: Hands on the Past
5 p.m.

Overnight Stay with Sweet Briar Student Mentors

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Group Work – Option A
Learn about design and engineering techniques used throughout history, from the Ancient World until the Industrial Revolution, to make tools, aqueducts, pyramids, and more. Hands-on projects will involve skills such as Stone Age flint-knapping, brick-making and black-smithing.
All Day


Group Work – Option B
Work with original sources and artifacts to learn about life on a southern plantation after the Civil War. You’ll go behind the scenes at a rare books archives and a historical museum and you’ll experience first-hand historical techniques of manufacturing.
All Day

Project Exhibition
Present results of your research project.
5 p.m.


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Additional Explore Events

Sweet Briar College EXPLORE EventsSweet Briar College’s EXPLORE is a series of immersive pre-college, residential events for high school sophomore, junior and senior girls. Weekend events for various disciplines are offered in the fall and spring, and a weeklong for-credit engineering course is offered in the summer.

The EXPLORE series offers high school girls opportunities to investigate different fields of study in a small-class setting. Working in teams with Sweet Briar faculty and undergraduate students, high-schoolers work on creative and fun projects — whether they’re collecting carbon storage data from the forests on our campus or designing and building a wearable electronic device in one of our engineering labs. No prior experience or knowledge is required — it’s a chance to EXPLORE!

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