History Space: Living in a (Colonial) Material World

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The material culture surrounding life in the 18th and early 19th centuries is a central source for learning about how people lived before the age of catchy pop songs, smart phones and even sewing machines. This talk introduces the world of material culture and offers a foundation for creating a living history persona. Learn what research resources are available and how to read extant objects to help build a foundation for developing an accurate reenacting impression. Attendees will view and discuss extant objects, such as an embroidered pocket from the RIHS collection and caps from a private collection, and will leave with an outline of research resources to begin creating their own personal colonial world.

Part of the History Space series presented by the Rhode Island Historical Society and the Newport Historical Society.