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Unearthing a New Acadia

Hilary Doda This post begins an occasional series on Material Histories. Using artifacts as a lens, frameworks from archaeology and other fields of material history can be extremely helpful for historians seeking to incorporate different, often non-literate,...
From: Borealia on 31 May 2021

Laundry in the Cityscapes of Eighteenth-Century Amsterdam

Figure 1. Hendrik Keun, De Kleine Vismarkt aan het begin van de Singel, 1770. Traces of pencil and pen in grey, 290 x 403 mm, Amsterdam City Archives, 10097: Collectie Stadsarchief Amsterdam: tekeningen en prenten, 010097014798, <>....

Lafayette Fangirls

I just love the idea and the historic reality of the “Farewell Tour” taken by the Marquis de Lafayette in 1824: the exuberant reception, and the deep appreciation expressed by both Americans and Lafayette again and again and again, everywhere...
From: streets of salem on 31 Aug 2020

The Fabric of Friendship

Back to my Salem singlewomen shopkeepers and businesswomen: they continue to be my favorite subjects among these #SalemSuffrageSaturday posts. Socialites, authors and artists: too easy! I came across one of the most stunning nineteenth-century photographs...
From: streets of salem on 1 Aug 2020

An Inventory of Salem Women Artists

Today’s #SalemSuffrageSaturday post is really more of a list than a composition, and a working list at that: I want to take a stab at identifying as many female Salem artists as I can, although I know it’s an impossible task. It’s impossible...
From: streets of salem on 20 Jun 2020

It was Her Shop

Looking through classified advertisements in eighteenth-century Salem newspapers is one of my favorite pastimes: I can’t think of a better way to gain insights into the public lives of people at that time, though their private lives are,...
From: streets of salem on 18 Apr 2020

The Needle’s Currency

I’ve been meaning to do a post on embroidery for a while. Needlecraft hardly seems new, or current, but I have students knitting in class, I follow a great twitter account (#womensart & also a great blog) which features amazing textile...
From: streets of salem on 10 Mar 2020

The Sculptor’s Mother

I’ve been working my way through all of the artists who were born or lived in Salem since I began this blog so many years ago, but one very notable and successful artist whom I have yet to cover is the sculptor John Rogers (1829-1904), chiefly because...
From: streets of salem on 14 Nov 2019


What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Post-Boy (October 2, 1769). “The approbation of all Free born Souls and true Sons of Liberty.” Thomas Mewse, “Lately from England,”...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 2 Oct 2019

June 13

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Essex Gazette (June 13, 1769). “Bengalls, Chints, striped Ginghams, and red & white striped Holland.” Samuel Cottman advertised “a Variety of English Goods”...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 13 Jun 2019

Streets of North Adams

I found myself in the western Massachusetts city of North Adams on this past Saturday morning, having driven across the state to sit on a panel for an honors thesis defense at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts the day before. I love the Berkshires,...
From: streets of salem on 7 May 2019

Fabricating Revere’s Ride

Because of his entrepreneurial engravings, his silverwork, portraits of him and by him, his storied ride, and his boundless brand, Paul Revere as always been the most material of our Founding Fathers: he didn’t just act, he produced,...
From: streets of salem on 13 Apr 2019

Séminaire – « Teintures naturelles ou colorants de synthèse ? » : Au cœur des manufactures lainières européennes (13 mars 2019, Paris)

Gian Batta Moccafy, Esposizione delle manifatture di Francia, Inghiltera ed Olanda, ca. 1767 ; Paris, Bibliothèque Forney clichés : Marie-Anne Sarda Partie prenante de la culture européenne, la pratique du voyage par les lettrés...
From: Le blog de l'APAHAU on 13 Feb 2019

Allegorical Arrows

Historical imagery often contains symbols and emblems that we don’t understand:  we must learn to read them; whereas a contemporary audience could simply see them and understand the message within. I enjoy teasing out the meanings...
From: streets of salem on 19 Jan 2019

Material Culture Links.

Blankets: Bottles: Americans 16th & 17th Century:
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 14 Dec 2018

A Baptismal Apron Embroidered by Mary Woodbury, c. 1735

I thought you might enjoy the story connected with this baptismal apron, c. 1735. Currently on view in Fashioning the New England Family at the Massachusetts Historical Society (10/2018-4/2019;, it was embroidered by Mary Woodbury...
From: SilkDamask on 18 Nov 2018

Interpreting US History in the UK: The American Museum in Britain

Emily Yankowitz discusses the American Museum in Britain and its efforts to interpret US history in the UK.
From: The Junto on 9 Jul 2018

July 7

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Supplement to the New-York Journal (July 7, 1768).“A fresh and complete assortment of the following goods, in the greatest variety and newest patterns.” “WILLIAMS’s...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 7 Jul 2018

March 1

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Virginia Gazette [Purdie & Dixon] (March 10, 1768).“SAGATHIES, duroys, grandurells.” In March 1768, John Carter advertised dozens of items in stock at his store...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 10 Mar 2018

Presidential Fabric

I always commemorate Presidents Day by remembering all (or many) of our presidents rather than just Washington and Lincoln: different themes each year have yielded interesting perspectives on both the institution and the individuals. This year, for instance,...
From: streets of salem on 19 Feb 2018

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