Monthly Archives: September 2012

Quilting Kitchens, Chimneypieces, and Race-Based Social Spaces: 21st Century Reflections on Race and Gender in 18th and 19th Century Material Culture

Quilting Kitchens, Chimneypieces, and Race-Based Social Spaces: 21st Century Reflections on Race and Gender in 18th and 19th Century Material Culture     Jane Przybysz’s articles on “Quilts, Old Kitchens, and the Social Geography of Gender at Nineteenth-Century Sanitary Fairs” … Continue reading

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Hallstands and Hairwork and Object Biographies, Oh My!

                Kenneth Ames “Meaning in Artifacts: Hall Furnishings in Victorian America” is a beautifully written exploration of the ways in which objects can inform us about the past and the importance of using historical records fully contextualize and better understand … Continue reading

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Of Cabins and Headstones: Vernacular Architecture and Historical Archeology

Of Cabins and Headstones: Vernacular Architecture and Historical Archeology- Sitting in a park in the mid-afternoon sun, reading about various forms of log-cabins (amidst other types of vernacular architecture including balloon framed houses, heavy framed barns, half-timbered homes common in … Continue reading

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Methodology

Levi Fox –  Object Analysis Method for Studies in American Material Culture  -Fall 2012 In conceptualizing how to begin productively interrogating an object to glean information about the culture it came from, it is helpful to draw from the prior work … Continue reading

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Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose for Studies in American Material Culture Class. While I have long been interested in issues of historical memory as well as how physical objects impact our understanding of history, I have recently grown increasingly focused on the … Continue reading

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