Author: Mira Pickus

Week 5: A Transition

This week has largely been a preparatory and transitional week. I’ve been drafting a note to send to Ms. Bennet that she can forward to her contacts, so I can start to get in touch with some interviewees. Beyond that I’ve signed up for several virtual events at the Orange County Historical Museum for their…

By Mira Pickus October 2, 2020 Off

Week 4: Interim Reflection

Hello! As we come to the end of week 4, I have a few general updates and a little reflection about my independent study so far. In general developments: Since I last posted I’ve met with Vera Cecelski the site manager at Historic Stagville and Cassandra Bennett who works on Cultural Heritage for Durham Parks…

By Mira Pickus September 25, 2020 Off

Week 3: Finding Some Experts

Hello! This weeks post is going to super short! This week I’ve reached out to some experts in the area and asked to speak with them. This afternoon I’ll be speaking with Vera Cecelski, the site manger from the Historic Stagville Foundation. I’m hoping to learn about how the folks at Stagville have gone about…

By Mira Pickus September 18, 2020 Off

Week 2: Duke Forest

Hello all! This week I began my research on the history of Duke Forest. You, like me, have probably walked, ran, or hiked in Duke Forest before, but never known how the University came to own this land. I live right by the Al Buehler Trail and have grown up walking there with my family.…

By Mira Pickus September 11, 2020 Off

Welcome and a bit about the first week!

Hello and welcome to my blog! This week I started my research. The end goal for this independent study is to put together a journalistic piece based on interviews from people who know the local land very well. But before I can get to the “interview-phase,” I need background information. I began my research in…

By Mira Pickus September 4, 2020 Off