Friday, November 30, 2012

Show Notes - A New England Town with Ken Lockridge

Following are some items that were mentioned during the 29 November 2012 Fieldstone Common interview with Prof. Kenneth A. Lockridge, author of A New England Town: The First Hundred Years.

The podcast of the interview is now available.



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You can learn more about Ken Lockridge from his staff page in the history department at the University of Montana.

Following are specific notes from the discussion:

The two books that host Marian Pierre-Louis found to be very influential include:
In Small Things Forgotten by James Deetz 
The Mid-Wife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
 
New England Towns

A New England Town: The First Hundred Years was published in 1970 and is still available through various book sellers such as Amazon.com

Four influential early New England town studies were published in the early 1970s. They include:
A New England Town: The First Hundred Years by Kenneth A. Lockridge
A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony by John Demos
Peacable Kingdoms: New England Towns in the Eighteenth Century by Michael Zuckerman
Four Generations: Population Land, and Family in Colonial Andover, Massachusetts by Philip J. Greven Jr.

These books should all be readily available from your local library network.

A panel discussing the importance of these books was held at the 2010 American History Association conference in San Diego. The panelists included all four authors above. A synopsis of that discussion was written by attendee Eric Miller.

Professor Lockridge's specific fields of interest include:

Early American History, 1607-1830
The American Revolution and its Cultural Consequences, 1765-1998
Native American History, 1600-1800
Literacy, Reading, and the Book, 1600-1800
Gender History, 1690-1830
Swedish Social and Demographic History, 1750-1920

Gustavus Hesselius

Ken talked about Gustavus Hesselius and his accurate and sympathetic paintings of Native Americans. The specific article he was referring to was "Overcoming Nausea: The Brothers Hesselius and the American Mystery." This article is available on the Common-place website. Color images of the paintings are available in that article.

A revised version of the same article with substantial new research is found in English Atlantics Revisited edited by Nancy Rhoden (McGill-Queens University Press, 2007)

Declining Fertility Rates

Further information on this topic can be found in:


Family Patterns in Nineteenth Century Sweden with Bobbi Low and Alice Clarke, published by the Demographic Database, Umeå, Sweden, 1992.

“Toward an Ecological Demography,” with B. Low and A. Clarke, Population and Development Review, 18, 1 (March 1992), 1-32.

     “Sally Has Been Sick: Pregnancy and Family Limitation Among Virginia Gentry Women, 1780-1840,” with Jan    
       Lewis, based on a paper delivered at the 1986 meeting of the American Historical Association, submitted by request 
       to the Journal of Social History, and published Fall, 1988.  Reprinted in Mother and Motherhood, Readings in
American Women’s History, ed. Janet Golden, Ohio State University Press, 1997, and in Family and Society in American History, Joseph A. Hawes and Elizabeth I. Nybakken, eds. (Urbana, University of Illinois Press, 2001.)

The Fertility Transition in Sweden: The Evidence of Smaller Geographic Units, 1805-1890.  Demographic Database, Umeå, Sweden, 1983.  A summary version was printed in the Proceedings of the Nordic Demographic Conference, Sweden, 1983.
 

Translating Swedish Civil War book


Ken is currently translating a work from Swedish:


Translation of Åke Sandström, A War Within the Civil War: Colonel Oscar Malmborg and the Men of the     55th  Illinois Infantry.


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Thursday, November 29, 2012

A New England Town with Ken Lockridge is Now Archived as a Podcast

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The most recent episode of Fieldstone Common featuring Professor Ken Lockridge author of the book A New England Town: The First Hundred Years is now available as a podcast.

The podcast can be played through the computer using your default media player (click play below) or downloaded to iTunes (also below).

Click here to view the show notes with detailed info on the episode.




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A New England Town With Ken Lockridge

Professor Ken Lockridge
Broadcast Time: THURSDAY, 29 November 2012 at 1:00pm EST

In 1970 Professor Ken Lockridge published a book called A New England Town: The First Hundred Years. This book established an innovative way to examine and interpret developing 17th century New England towns. The book allowed us to look at these early colonists as people rather than simply names and dates. In addition, works published at the same time by his colleagues Demos, Greven and Zuckerman helped set off a new interest in the history of early America.

Join Marian Pierre-Louis, host of Fieldstone Common, as she discusses the start of Professor Lockridge's career with A New England Town and then progresses through 40 years of his fascinating historical projects.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

And the Big Giveaway Winners are.....

Leading up to Thanksgiving Fieldstone Common held the Big Giveaway contest in order to give away two copies of the book The Poorhouses of Massachusetts by Heli Meltsner.

A big thank you to everyone who stopped by to leave comments on the Fieldstone Common Facebook page and to share their favorite episode.

Fieldstone Common is pleased to announce that the winners are:

Linda McNeil Wilky

and 

Fred Trail

In order to receive their books Linda and Fred will need to email their mailing address so that the books can be sent out.

Thanks again to everyone who participated. See you on the air on Thursday!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Thanksgiving Traditions with Kathleen Wall now Archived as a Podcast

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The most recent episode of Fieldstone Common featuring Plimoth Plantation Colonial Foodways Culinarian Kathleen Wall speaking about colonial food and Thanksgiving traditions is now available as a podcast.

The podcast can be played through the computer using your default media player (click play below) or downloaded to iTunes (also below).






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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving Traditions with Culinarian Kathleen Wall



A Special Thanksgiving Day Episode

THURSDAY, 22 November 2012 at 1:00pm EST

Fieldstone Common Host Marian Pierre-Louis interviews Plimoth Plantation culinarian Kathleen Wall about the First Thanksgiving and all the traditions that surround the holiday.

After the turkey dinner is over and you're done playing football, grab a quiet moment and listen as Kathleen and I discuss the First Thanksgiving, how the holiday has transformed over the years, what foods would have been typical on a 17th century dinner table and the myths that just won't go away.

I guarantee you will find it fascinating.

Two Deadlines are Coming Fast!

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Deadlines Are Rapidly Approaching

1) The Big Giveaway is over at 6pm EST on Wednesday, November 21, 2012.  Don't miss your chance to win a copy of The Poorhouses of Massachusetts by Heli Meltsner. It's so easy to win. Here are the instructions.

2) Don't Miss your chance to get a FREE Heirloom Registry tag from our sponsor, Houstory. The registry id tag will let you try out the Heirloom Registry and preserve the story behind one of your heirlooms. What better opportunity than to try something for free to see if you like it. The giveaway end Thanksgiving Day. Details are here.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Show Notes - The Poorhouses of Mass. with Heli Meltsner

Heli Meltsner author of The Poorhouses of Massachusetts on Fieldstone Common
Heli Meltsner author of The Poorhouses of Massachusetts
Following are some items that were mentioned during the 15 November 2012 Fieldstone Common interview with Heli Meltsner, author of The Poorhouses of Massachusetts.

The podcast of the interview is now available.

A Special Chance to  Win

Books were not given out during the live airing of the interview. Fieldstone Common, however, is giving out 2 copies of The Poorhouses of Massachusetts in a pre-Thanksgiving giveaway on the blog. See this post for all the details. You have between now and Wednesday, Nov. 21st at 6pm EST to enter the giveaway.

Heli Meltsner is a board member and curator with the Cambridge Historical Society.  Feel free to contact Heli through the society. The Cambridge Historical Society is a very active dynamic group. They have a Facebook page that is updated nearly daily. During the interview Heli mentioned that the society is working on a book about the Cambridge Historical Commission's 50 years of service to the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts. We will look forward to seeing that published in November 2013.

The Poorhouses of Massachusetts was published by McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers and copies are available for sale through Amazon.com and other booksellers.
 
Some of the concepts of poor law (ie settlement law) that were discussed in the interview include:
  • Warning outs
  • Towns suing other towns for support 
  • Indentured servitude for both children and adults 
  • Vendue - selling the poor to the lowest bidder
In Massachusetts many records about the poor can be found at the town level in town record books or in town reports. For states outside of New England you should probably check county-level records.

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Fieldstone listeners can also take 15 percent off the purchase of your entire order, including registry stickers and brass plates -- which make attaching a registration number to your heirlooms even easier -- by using the coupon code "FIELDSTONE."

McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers, the publisher of The Poorhouses of Massachusetts, donated two copies of the book that are being given as a "door prizes". See this post for how you can win one of the books (ends Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012) . A big thank you to McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers for  their generosity!


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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Heirloom Registry Special Offer for Fieldstone Common Listeners

During the November 15, 2012 episode featuring the Poorhouses of Massachusetts, our sponsor Houstory made a very special offer to the Fieldstone Common audience.  They are offering one FREE permanent Heirloom Registry to every Fieldstone Common listener.

Not familiar with the Heirloom Registry? Read about my personal experience using it.

Here are the details of the offer:



To receive your free Thanksgiving Gift from Houstory, follow this link and add the registration number to your cart. At checkout, simply type in "TURKEYDAYGIFT" in the coupon code box. Your permanent registration code will be emailed to you. Fieldstone listeners can also take 15 percent off the purchase of your entire order, including registry stickers and brass plates -- which make attaching a registration number to your heirlooms even easier -- by using the coupon code "FIELDSTONE." This offers end on Thanksgiving day.