2014 Fall Public Program Lineup

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The air is starting to change here in Worcester, getting a bit cooler and crisper, and that’s a sure sign that our public programs are about ready to start as well! Here’s a quick rundown of what will be coming to Antiquarian Hall this fall:

Friday, September 12, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.
Cartographic Innovation in the Early Republic
by Susan Schulten

In this talk, Susan Schulten will explore how the early nineteenth century represents a new era of visual thinking.  Through innovative maps and charts of the mail, internal improvements, climate, and vegetation, several individuals sought to uncover patterns in the human and natural world.  In a moment that evokes our own, these individuals used visual tools to navigate an increasingly complex, interdependent, and data-driven world.


Monday, October 6, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.
Disappearing Medium: Poetry and Print in the Antebellum United States
by Meredith McGill
JAMES RUSSELL WIGGINS LECTURE

In this lecture, Meredith McGill explores how we might understand the explosion of mass print as a formative event in the history of American poetry, and how we might look to antebellum poetry as a primary means for taking the measure of the cultural impact of print.


Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Eleventh Annual Robert C. Baron Lecture
by Kenneth Silverman

Kenneth Silverman will talk about his 1984 book The Life and Times of Cotton Mather, which won both the Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the Bancroft Prize for American History.  He will reflect on how he cam to write his biography of Mather, and how that experience compares to the experience of writing biographies of some very different American cultural figures.


Thursday, October 16, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.
Old Towns in a New Nation: New England Village Life in the Early Republic
by Mary Babson Fuhrer

Mary Babson Fuhrer will discuss the remarkable stories of conflict and transformation that reshaped local communities in the decades leading up to the Civil War.  The Boylston, Massachusetts diaries, letters, and account books she draws on form the basis of her recent book, Crisis of Community: Trials and Transformation of a New England Town, 1815-1848 (2014).


Thursday, November 6, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.
Sampling Urban Appetites
by Cindy Lobel

Cindy Lobel, author of Urban Appetites: Food and Culture in Nineteenth-Century New York (2014), will discuss the rise of New York City and the evolution of its food culture when the city grew from a small seaport to a booming metropolis.  Urban Appetites gives a complete picture of the evolution of New York, its politics, and its eating habits.

Visit AAS’s website for full program descriptions. We hope to see you there!

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