2013 CHAViC Summer Seminar Syllabus

Domestic Impressions: the Visual and Material Culture of the American Family Home, 1750-1890
July 7-12, 2013
Worcester, Massachusetts


Sunday, July 7

4:00-6:00 Welcome and Introductions, Antiquarian Hall, 185 Salisbury Street (AH)
6:00 Dinner at the Goddard Daniels House, 190 Salisbury Street (GDH)


Monday, July 8

9:00-10:30 Orienting the Week—The Home in Cultural Context (GDH)
Katherine C. Grier (Professor of History, Director of Museum Studies at the University of Delaware, and CHAViC seminar leader)
Both Beecher and Child are available as free pdf downloads from Google Books. These are the editions from which the reading assignment comes.
  • Beecher, Catherine and Stowe, Harriet Beecher, The American Woman’s Home
    Read the following: Introduction; I. The Christian Family; II. A Christian House; IV. Interior Decoration; XIII. Good Cooking; XV. Domestic Manners; XVI. Good Temper in the Housekeeper; XVII. Habits of System and Order; XXX. The Care of Rooms. Also, be attentive to the frontispiece and illustrations.
  • Child, Lydia Maria, The Frugal Housewife 27th ed. New York: Samuel and William Wood, 1841. “Enlarged and Corrected by the Author.”
    Read the following: Introductory Chapter pp 3-11; Odd Scraps for the Economical pp. 8-22; Hints to Persons of Moderate Means pp. 89-113.


10:30-10:50 Coffee/Tea Break
10:50-12:15 Continue in-class exercise
12:15-1:15 Lunch (GDH)
1:30-3:00 Ephemera and the Home: Examples from the Collection (AH)
Lauren Hewes (Curator of Graphic Arts) and Nan Wolverton (Director, CHAViC)
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-3:45 Introduction to AAS Online Resources and the Reading Room; Meet the Curators
Thomas Knoles, Vincent Golden, Lauren Hewes, Elizabeth Pope, and Laura Wasowicz
(Orientation Room, AH)
3:45-5:00 Research in the Library


Tuesday, July 9

Field trip to Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA

9:00-9:15 Group photo (GDH)
9:15-10:15 Doors onto Childhood (GDH)
Karen Sanchez-Eppler, Professor of American Studies and English at Amherst College
  • Sanchez-Eppler, Karen, “In the Archives of Childhood” in The Children's Family: Childhood Studies and the New Humanities, edited by Anne Mae Duane, University of Georgia Press, May 2013.
    pdf PDF for students. Password required
10:15-10:30 Coffee/Tea Break
10:30-11:30 Children’s Literature and Images of Domestic Life (AH)
Laura Wasowicz (Curator of Children’s Literature)
11:30 Lunch (GDH)
12:30 Vehicles depart for field trip to Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA
1:15 Arrive OSV
1:30-3:30 Tours of Small House, Bixby House, and Towne House
  • Bushman, Richard, “The Comforts of Home” in The Refinement of America: Persons, Houses, Cities. New York: Knopf, 1992.
    pdf PDF for students. Password required
  • Stachiw, Myron, “The Color of Change: A Nineteenth –Century Massachusetts House” in Paint in America. Washington, D.C.: The Preservation Press, 1994.
    pdf PDF for students. Password required
3:30-7:00 Hands-on 19th-century dinner at Old Sturbridge Village


Wednesday, July 10

9:00-10:30 Social Looking: Parlor Culture and Prints (AH)
Katherine C. Grier
  • Grier, Katherine, “The Comfortable Theater: Parlor Making in the Middle-Class Victorian Household” in Culture & Comfort: People, Parlors, and Upholstery. Rochester: The Strong Museum, 1988.
    pdf PDF for students. Password required
10:30-10:45 Coffee/Tea Break
10:45-12:45 Photography and the American Home—Technology and Processes (AH)
Lauren Hewes
12:45-1:45 Lunch
2:00-3:00 Introduction to Ward Family Papers (AH)
Tom Knoles and Holly Izard
3:00-8:00 Research in Library


Thursday, July 11

Field trip to General Aretmas Ward House, Shrewsbury, MA

9:00 Vehicles depart for Ward House
9:30-10:30 Tour of house and barn
Paula Lupton, Curator
10:30-10:45 Coffee/Tea Break
10:45-12:15 Narrative and Display at the Aretmas Ward House
Sarah Anne Carter (Curator, Chipstone Foundation and Lecturer in Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison)
12:15-1:15 Lunch
1:15-2:45 The Native Americans Presence at the Artemas Ward House
Judy Kertesz (Assistant Professor of History at North Carolina State University)

-Optional Supplemental Reading-

2:45-3:30 Historic House Museums as Resources for Teaching and Scholarship
Katherine C. Grier, Sarah Anne Carter, Judy Kertesz

Schlereth, Thomas J., “Historic Houses as Teaching Laboratories: Seven Teaching Strategies”
pdf PDF for students. Password required

3:30 Vehicles depart for return to AAS
4:00-5:00 Research in Library
5:30 Cookout on the Goddard-Daniels patio


Friday, July 12

9:00-10:15 At Home with Animals: Pets in Print and Material Culture (GDH)
Katherine C. Grier
10:15-10:30 Coffee/Tea Break
10:30-11:45 Chromolithographs and other prints as teaching resources (AH)
12:00-1:00 Lunch (GDH)
1:00-2:00 Using Visual and Material Culture for Scholarship and Teaching: Discussion and Concluding Comments (GDH)
Katherine C. Grier and Nan Wolverton
2:00-5:00 Departure or Research in Library

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