I’ve been doing a lot of research remotely over the last several years. Libraries, museums, historical societies, and even some historically-minded Facebook groups have done fantastic jobs of digitizing documents for immediate access from literally anywhere. Of course, digital collections have a long way to go—often times tiny fractions of collections have made it onto … Continue reading Much Ado About Digitization
Fancying Fancy Things Part of the allure of cast iron cookware is the depth and breadth of the history there. It seems fairly universal that among cast iron cookware enthusiasts that just cooking isn’t enough. Sure, plenty of people love and swear by cast iron cookware. But having a few pieces at home … Continue reading Crazy for Cast Iron part 3!
In this post I talk about the ways my research has impacted my views on some local political topics
After finding a peculiar cast iron bowl at the Rhode Island Antiques Mall, I set out to try and identify it using my fledgling knowledge of cast iron cookware.
Cast iron cookware has a weird...almost mythological status. I don’t mean that to be dramatic, it’s just that they’d always seemed somehow on the periphery of my awareness, up on this pedestal of magical cooking savvy. Every so often a friend would be cooking with one and I’d wonder what the fuss was about. I … Continue reading Crazy for Cast Iron
So this year has been a wild ride. It started with incredibly high hopes, which were then dashed as pretty much the entire world ground to a halt in the wake of COVID 19. Going into this year I had intended to hit the ground running with podcast episodes that would be easy to record … Continue reading As the Year of the Apocalypse Comes to a Close
A brief overview of my growing interest in Rhode Island’s myriad historical cemeteries and how it marries my research to critically needed volunteer work
So as you may know, I’ve been researching the institution of slavery in Rhode Island, and more broadly in the northern United States. What started with the grave of Adjua D’Wolf being in pitiful condition grew into the desire to try and flesh out a bit about her life. I’d read in a few sources … Continue reading History has a Life of Its Own.
A mystery surrounding a headstone being eaten by trees to me fits perfectly with what is known about Colonial New England society.
It probably surprises few people besides myself that I’m fairly involved with local history. As an anthropologist, I’m perpetually of the view that all history is local, and that local history is global. However, also as an anthropologist, I’m also well aware that the history we celebrate is a choice, and often one that wasn’t … Continue reading The Histories We Choose