Monday, July 6, 2009

Architectural Fragments and research

This morning was filled with a lecture about architectural fragments by the architectural conservator. The conservator also happens to be the grandson of the founders of Historic Deerfield. He is a very intelligent man, but due to the dullness of the subject, it was difficult to follow everything he was saying. It did help to go into the barn where all the fragments are stored, however, because it is easier to see what he was talking about when confronted with the pieces than with just pictures. I am sort of curious about the building techniques and construction materials of the Midwest now, but probably not enough to begin a study of it on my own.

I have spent the rest of the afternoon in the library reading through more of the letters. I still have a long way to go, but I have a good start on the second file and have completed the first file. Tonight will be spent in the library, with the goal of completing this second file. I think I will also ask my tutor for suggestions on how I should approach the subject. There are so many things that I could talk about from these letters, that I'm not sure where to begin. I'm curious if the formalities and commonalities of each letter are representative of most courtship letters in antebellum America or if it is specific to this couple. I may try to look for more information on courtship rituals - were there any manuals describing the right way to court someone? What role did the women have in these situations? I still don't know for sure, but I think my tutor should be able to help.

I know this is short, but I'm sure it will be a pleasant change for most of you reading this; especially since I have heard from several people that my blog posts are so long that it is difficult to keep up with. Therefore, enjoy this short post! (I may post a mostly picture post tonight of "The Street" and Hancock Shaker Village since people have also been asking for those pictures...)


  1. I don't think your posts are too long. Let me know if you got my postcards!--Megan

  2. Hey! Sorry I haven't been keeping up with you blog for the past few days. I've been working 7 - 7.5 hour shifts this week, and the last couple nights I haven't gotten off until 7:00 p.m. But anyway, that's enough of my excuses.

    I don't mind the length of your posts, either. And besides, it would be a little hypocritical of me to criticize long updates.

    Sounds like you're making great progress on the paper! I'd love to hear any antebellum pick-up lines you might pick up. (Do you have to use a pick-up line to pick up a pick-up line?) He he. Ok, obviously I'm a little out of it, after working 7.5 hours. I think I'll go chill for a while. :)