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)
-Readings-
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.

In-class exercise: PROBATE INVENTORIES AS MYSTERIES (GDH)

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
-Reading-
  • 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.
    pdfPDF 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
-Readings-
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
-Reading-
  • 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.
    pdfPDF 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
-Reading-
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)
-Readings-
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)
-Reading-

-Optional Supplemental Reading-

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

Schlereth, Thomas J., “Historic Houses as Teaching Laboratories: Seven Teaching Strategies”
pdfPDF 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
-Reading-
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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