The Neighborhood as Collection: A Walking Tour of Mt. Vernon, Baltimore

August 25, 2021

By Jena Gilbert Merrill, '22 On June 17, 2021, the WPAMC fellows visited the Mt. Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore for a walking tour. After three full days of shuffling through historic houses, meandering around the sprawling estates in which these houses are situated, and investigating the various ways that people inhabited and related to these spaces in the past, we began the walking tour standing on the corner of a city block in Baltimore. While ...

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StudioEis: Memory, Monument, and The Embodied Past

August 19, 2021

By Naomi Subotnick, '22 When we visit a museum or historic site, our attention is often directed to the collection objects on display, or the architectural elements of the building: rarely do we think about other interpretive tools utilized to transform exhibitions into narrative spaces. While visiting the Maryland State House during Winterthur’s Southern Field Study Trip, I had the opportunity to reflect on the other material presences that define ...

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Gunston Hall: Implementing Accessibility in a Historic House Museum

August 19, 2021

By Emily Bach, '22 During this summer's Southern Field Study Trip, the Winterthur fellows visited a variety of historic house museums and learned about their different approaches to interpretation and historic preservation. While climbing up steep staircases, navigating narrow hallways, and crossing expansive tracts of lands, the issue of accessibility frequently popped into my mind. As is to be expected of structures built in the eighteenth and ...

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The Tipsy Hedgehog: An Experiment in Nineteenth-Century Culinary Labor

August 07, 2021

By Alexandra Izzard, '22 This past June, the WPAMC classes of 2021 and 2022 embarked on a week-long trip to explore the history and decorative arts of the Mid-Atlantic. Along this trip we stopped in Annapolis, Maryland where we were lucky to visit the Hammond-Harwood House. In 1773 Matthias Hammond, a newly elected delegate of the Maryland General Assembly, moved to Annapolis and commissioned English architect William Buckland to build this residence. ...

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