William & Mary’s Highland is a historic site that was home to a U.S. President — and so much more. Highland Executive Director Sara Bon-Harper and members of the Highland Descendant Advisory Council discuss how the site is an innovative setting for understanding U.S. history through the stories of the individuals who lived there, and the events that shaped its economic, agricultural and political contexts. Highland is a laboratory for creative public history, and has been part of William & Mary since 1974. The new narratives of Highland’s past and present reflect the voices of descendants of people enslaved on the property, and are created through a practice of collaborative history.
Originally aired on December 1, 2020
Presented by Sara Bon-Harper