This website explores some of the core medieval technologies that built the American colonies into an industrial powerhouse: milling and iron manufacture. In-depth articles, short essays, photo archives, videos, comparative timelines, and class projects all seek to demonstrate the transfer of these technologies to colonial America. The site, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities/We the People Initiative, is designed for school teachers, but we hope it will also be found useful to students or any visitor interested in history, technology, art, or literature.
Medieval Technology and American History is a project of the Center for Medieval Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, supported by Grant EE-50095-04 from the National Endowment of the Humanities We the People Initiative. With contributions from faculty in Medieval Studies, Education, History, Food Science, Science, Technology, & Society, and local high schools. PSU faculty: Gerald Eggert, Ben Hudson, Bill Pencak, David Saxe, Steven Walton, Greg Ziegler, Vickie Ziegler; Master Teachers: Ned Eisenhuth, Pete Halapatz, Fred Lutkus, Robert Rich; Center for Medieval Studies Research Assistants: Brigitte Weinsteiger, Jessica Banks.