Professor of History; Department Chair, Department of History and Philosophy
BA, College of William and Mary; MA, PhD, University of New Hampshire
Memorial Hall 114
About Professor Blaine
Marcia Schmidt Blaine’s research focuses on two aspects of history: the development of American identity in the eighteenth century and the America’s historical relationship with the White Mountains. To explore American identity, Blaine’s current research looks at the ways English captives negotiated cultural, social, diplomatic, and political boundaries during the late colonial period. Along the northern edge of English settlement, families found themselves involved in international, intercultural, and imperial disputes that took them from the newest settlements of New England to the Abenaki communities along the St. Lawrence River to the raw cities of New France. For many captives, their homeward journeys continued to England and France before they were ransomed back to their New England homes. Individuals at the front line of contact were flexible enough to successfully negotiate cultural and political boundaries in the tense times leading to the final North American imperial confrontation. Blaine is also working with Plymouth State University’s Museum of the White Mountains as a Museum Scholar. Her work with the Museum has resulted in several exhibits on the White Mountains.
“Picturing the Past: A Short History Of Plymouth State,” with Louise Samaha McCormack. p.6-17. In Plymouth State University. Plymouth, NH: Plymouth State University, 2014.
“The Public Forest: Joseph B. Walker, Philip Ayres, and the White Mountain National Forest,” chapter in Beyond the Notches: Stories of Place in New Hampshire’s North Country. Sponsored by the Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place, and Culture (2011).
As Time Passes over the Land, Exhibit catalogue. Plymouth, NH: Plymouth State University for the Museum of the White Mountains, 2011.
“Dover Physicians and Progress toward Professionalization, 1780-1850,” Historical New Hampshire 64, No.1 (Summer, 2010): 3-26.
“A Public Trust: Laws, Liquor, Disorder, and Women,” New Hampshire Bar Association Journal (Summer, 2010): 72-77.
“The Johnsons’ Plight: The Role of Captivity on Anglo-American Identity,” History: A Journal of the History Association 94:1, No. 313 (January, 2009), 53-73.
Recent Museum Exhibits:
“Passing Through: The Allure of the White Mountains,” Exhibit at the Museum of the White Mountains. Author of catalogue text, humanist, curator, and researcher, Winter 2013. https://www.plymouth.edu/museum-of-the-white-mountains/files/2013/02/passing-through-catalog.pdf Historian, curator, humanist and writer. Gallery talks, April-May 2013: 1. “On Foot, Horse, or Rail: How the Rhythm of Travel Influenced the Way People Experienced the White Mountains”; 2. “Travelling Through: Tourists in the Nineteenth-Century White Mountains”; 3. “Painting for Profit: Artists of the White Mountains”.
“As Time Passes over the Land,” Exhibit at Karl Drerup Gallery, Feb. 8-April 14, 2011. Historian, curator, and writer. http://www.plymouth.edu/museum-of-the-white-mountains/exhibitions/as-time-passes-over-the-land/ Wrote exhibit didactics and catalogue text. Researched and curated White Mountain paintings for the exhibit.
“Protecting the Forests: The Weeks Act of 1911,” Exhibit at Silver Cultural Arts Center March-April, 2010. Traveled the state through 2011 as part of the Centennial Celebration of the Weeks Act. Humanist, author and historian. http://www.plymouth.edu/gallery/weeks-act/116/the-weeks-act-of-1911/ Researched and wrote exhibit text. Researched and chose exhibit photos and graphics with co-researcher. Worked with designer to create exhibit.
Humanist and historian, “The Revolution Up North: New Hampshire in the Revolution,” Gorham and Berlin Public Libraries and White Mountain Community College, August-November, 2014. Along with performing the duties of a humanist, also presented two lecture/discussions: “Trading Partners or Enemies?: New England and the Revolution” and “New Hampshire Voices from the Revolution.”
Humanist, curator, and historian, “Passing Through: The Allure of the White Mountains,” project for the Museum of the White Mountains. Grant through the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, 2012-2013.
Humanist, curator, and historian, “Passing Through: The Allure of the White Mountains, project for the Museum of the White Mountains, Grant through the New Hampshire Humanities Council, 2012-2013.
Consultant and scholar advisor, “Thomas Cole National Historic Park Planning Grant,” project for the Thomas Cole National Historic Park, New York. Grant through the National Endowment for the Humanities, 2012.
HIDI 1205: Early American Encounters
HIDI 1307: Creating the United States: A History of the United States to 1877
HI 3115: Early American Society
HI 3116: Revolutionary America
HI 3340: New Hampshire and New England History
HI 3350: American Women’s History
HI 4000: History Internship
HI 4358: Public History
HI 4450: History Capstone