Literary Periods: Women’s Writing on Menstruation in Recipe Books

December 11, 2017

This fall I had the opportunity to take an English class at the University of Delaware titled, “19th Century American Women Writers and the Sexual and Racial Politics of Form.” Because I am writing my thesis on the material culture of 19th century menstruation, I was curious to discover how this topic intersected with the realm of women’s literature. Existing scholarship asserts that menstruation of the era does not have a literary reflection beyond ...

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A Wedding in Salem and a Chance to Visit Yin Yu Tang

December 04, 2017

Four weeks ago, my longtime partner Jon and I got married at City Hall in Salem, Massachusetts. We eloped! Since we are both extraordinarily busy with our material-culture pursuits right now—he’s a conservation technician at both the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Penn Museum, and I’m a first year WPAMC fellow—we decided that we wanted a quiet wedding alone together in a place that we love. Salem is an ideal spot for people who love old ...

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Exhibits Three Ways

November 29, 2017

Ask any museum professional, “What’s the craziest part of the museum schedule?” and most will promptly reply, “Exhibit Openings.” New exhibits require nearly everyone in the museum to take on a plethora of tasks from object-based work such as design, label copy, condition checks, and install to behind-the-scenes work including fundraising, marketing, and educational programming. So, it might seem absolutely looney that alongside the normal WPAMC ...

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Old Uncle Ned’s Songster: Addressing Difficult Winterthur Objects

November 20, 2017

Please be aware - this post contains offensive imagery Image: Detail of the Statue of Stephen Foster and Old Uncle Ned in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Image shows close-up of a hand and a page of sheet music displaying the name "Uncle Ned." There have been multiple calls for the removal of this statue. Photo courtesy of Pennlive.com. For Dr. Jennifer van Horn’s fall semester class on the Material and Visual Culture of Slavery, we were tasked with ...

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