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Foundations of Freedom: Historian Notes
John V. Quarstein
John V. Quarstein is an award-winning historian, preservationist, and author. John has served as the director of the Virginia War Museum since 1978. In addition to these duties, he oversees the management of the City of Newport News’ historic properties including Endview Plantation, Lee Hall Mansion, Young’s Mill, and the Newsome House as well as serving as the historical advisor for The Mariners’ Museum’s U.S.S. Monitor Center project. He previously has served as an adjunct professor at the College of William and Mary, the University of Virginia, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Quarstein is the author of seven books including Fort Monroe: The Key to the South,C.S.S. Virginia: Mistress of Hampton Roads, Civil War on the Virginia Peninsula, and The Battle of the Ironclads. He also serves as Historian for the local PBS affiliate WHRO and produces films documenting Hampton Roads history such as the ‘Here & Then’ and ‘Civil War in Hampton Road ’ series.
John V. Quarstein has provided a key leadership role for a wide variety of special historical, preservation and museum development projects. Quarstein has assisted in the creation or revitalization of 18 museums and aided the preservation and interpretation of numerous historic sites including The Ripken Museum, Williamsburg Battlefield, and Lee Hall Depot.
Mr. Quarstein was the recipient of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 1993 President’s Award for Historic Preservation Award and the United Daughters of the Confederacy’s Jefferson Davis Gold Medal in 1999. Presently, he serves on the board of several national organizations including Virginia Civil War Trails, John Singleton Mosby Foundation, and Federal Area Development Authority for Fort Monroe.
In his capacity as Foundations of Freedom Project Historian, John plays a key role in assisting teachers with historical content comprehension. This work is achieved via meetings with teachers to discuss history SOL-requirements as well as presenting workshops and tours providing detailed historical information. The workshops and tours offer the reinforcement of complex historical themes. A tour to Baltimore reviewed the 19th and 20th century growth and demise of an American industrial city highlighting port, commerce, immigration, and transportation themes. This overnight excursion provided place-based reinforcement of historical people and events. Several two-day workshops were also presented highlighting early 20th century events that prompted the United States to become a world power. The World War I workshop combined film, hands-on activities and lecture to reinforce knowledge needed for presenting SOL-requirements.
Mr. Quarstein is working on several projects for Foundations of Freedom that will result in a collection of resource materials that will be available for future use in the classroom. One of these major projects is described below:
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