Huguenot Society Undergraduate Research Prize Goes to Calin Meyer ′10

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Publication Date: 5/26/2009

Cailin Meyer ’10, a history major from St. Louis, MO, recently was awarded the undergraduate research prize from the Huguenot Society of the Founders of Manakin in the Colony of Virginia. 

Meyer learned about the scholarship in Professor Gail Murray’s Colonial America research seminar last fall.  She became interested in the subject when she realized how little research had been conducted about the Huguenots and, in particular, about the Manakintowne colony.

Meyer’s research involved an extensive search for primary documents to reinterpret the fall of the colony.  She says that her paper “stressed the roll of cultural assimilation as the primary cause of failure for the Manakintowne settlement.”

The Huguenot Society awards one undergraduate and one graduate research prize, each totaling $1,000, for an outstanding work on “the history and/or impact of the Huguenots in Europe, Colonial America, the Colony of Virginia or the settlement at Manakintowne, Virginia,” according to the website.

Meyer’s paper, “Destined for Obscurity: An Examination of the Brief History and Assimilation of the Huguenot Settlement at Manakintown, Virginia, 1700-1750,” will be published in The Huguenot.