Marcia Schmidt Blaine

MSB in Winchester 13.5.11 035

Professor of History; Department Chair, Department of History and Philosophy

BA, College of William and Mary; MA, PhD, University of New Hampshire

Contact Information

Memorial Hall 204
MSC #30

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 researches 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 towns of New France.  For many captives, their journeys continued to England and France before they were ransomed back to their New England homes.   Individuals at the frontline 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 Faculty Fellow.  Her work with the Museum has resulted in several exhibits on the White Mountains.  Humanist for the New Hampshire Historical Society Challenge Grant to create a New Hampshire History Center for New Hampshire students and the general public. (2004-6)

  • Humanist for the New Hampshire Historical Society Challenge Grant to create a New Hampshire History Center for New Hampshire students and the general public. (2004-6)
  • Humanist for the Warner Historical Documentary Project funded through the New Hampshire Humanities Council (2005).
  • Historian for the Warner Primary Document Analysis Workshop mini-grant funded by the New Hampshire Humanities Council (2005).
  • Humanist and Professor for the “America: A Story of Beginnings and A Story of Change” grant through the Teaching American History National Endowment for Humanities grants. Duties include the creation of two graduate courses: one on campus and one on-line. Working in partnership with the Southeast Regional Educational Service Center, the New Hampshire Historical Society, the National Park Service, selected museums, and Plymouth State University Graduate Office. (2004-2006).

Courses Taught:


  • Early American History
  • Revolutionary America
  • Local History
  • American Women’s History
  • New Hampshire and New England History
  • Early Modern England


  • Heritage Studies Foundations
  • American Beginnings
  • New Hampshire and New England HistoryNew Hampshire and New England Historic Sites

Recent Publications:

  • “Problems of Professionalization: Dover Physicians, 1760-1845,” Historical New Hampshire (forthcoming, 2006).
  • “Entertaining the Government: Female Tavern Keepers and the New Hampshire Provincial Government,” Proceedings of the Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife: Annual Proceedings 2002, 2002, p. 191-201.
  • “The Power of Petitions: Women and the New Hampshire Provincial Government, 1700-1770,” International Review of Social History 46, 2001 (Supplement 9), p.57-77.
  • New Hampshire Scenery: a Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Artists of New Hampshire Mountain Landscapes, with Catherine H. Campbell. (Canaan, NH: Phoenix Publishing for the New Hampshire Historical Society; 1985).
  • Contributor of four encyclopedia entries to the Encyclopedia of North American Colonial Warfare to 1775 with ABC-Clio Publishers. Forthcoming 2007.

Selected publications/exhibits:

“The Public Forest: Joseph B. Walker, Philip Ayres, and the White Mountain National Forest,” chapter in anthology, Beyond the Notches: Stories of Place in New Hampshire’s North Country.  Sponsored by the Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place, and Culture (2011).

“A Public Trust: Laws, Liquor, Disorder, and Women,” New Hampshire Bar Association Journal (Summer, 2010): 72-77.
“The Johnsons’ Plight: The Role of Captivity in Anglo-American Identity,” History: A Journal of the History Association 94:1, No. 313 (January, 2009), 53-73.

“’Your Petitioner as in Duty bound Shall Ever Pray:’ The Effect of Revolutionary Rhetoric on Female Petitioners,” Selected Papers of the Consortium of the Revolutionary Era, 1750-1850, 2006 (2007) p. 11-20.

Public History – Exhibit and Catalogue Text:
“As Time Passes over the Land,” Exhibit at Karl Drerup Gallery, Feb. 8-April 14, 2011.  Curator, historian, and writer.

“Protecting the Forests: The Weeks Act of 1911,” Exhibit at Silver Cultural Arts Center March-April, 2010.  Humanist and historian.


Awards and Recognitions:
Awards and Fellowships:

Research Fellow, Museum of the White Mountains, Plymouth State University, 2012-2013.
Fellow, Museum of the White Mountains, Plymouth State University, 2011-2012.
Visiting Faculty, University of Winchester, Spring, 2011.
2009 Academic Advising Award Recipient.  Awarded by students to the faculty member best exemplifies students’ ideas of what an academic advisor should be.


Courses Taught:

 HIDI 1205: Early American Encounters
 HIDI 1307: Creating a Nation: A History of the United States to 1877
 HI 3115: Early American Society
 HI 3116: Revolutionary America
 Hi 3330: New Hampshire and New England Sites
 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

 Graduate class in History and Heritage Studies as well.
 HS 5200: Heritage Studies Foundations
 HI 5040: American Beginnings 1600-1800
 HI 5300: New Hampshire & New England History
 HI 5330: New Hampshire and New England Historic Sites

Contact Us

Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Studies Education

Chair: Marcia Schmidt Blaine

Memorial Hall, Room 003
(Not always staffed,
please see Nikki.)

Phone: 603-535-3071
Fax: 603-535-2358

Administrative Assistant
Nikki-Ann Nunes
Rounds Hall 112
Phone: 603-535-3071

Mailing Address
17 High Street
MSC #30
Plymouth, NH 03264