A Very Special Day!

Marian Pierre-Louis, Ken Lockridge, Meaghan Siekman
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What do you get when you combine Fieldstone Common host, Marian Pierre-Louis and September 13, 2012 guest Meaghan Siekman and November 29, 2012 guest Ken Lockridge? A very special day!

Today Fairbanks House Curator, Meaghan Siekman and Marian Pierre-Louis welcomed Ken Lockridge and his wife as they passed through Boston on their way from Montana to Sweden.

Ken Lockridge, author of A New England Town

Ken and his wife spent the day in Dedham, Massachusetts, the subject of his book A New England Town: The First Hundred Years. Meaghan Siekman, curator of the Fairbanks House (the oldest timber-frame house in America) gave the Lockridges a tour.

The group relaxed during a fun afternoon of conversation and Ken indulged the ladies by signing all their copies of his books.

Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis

Show Notes – A New England Town with Ken Lockridge

A New England Town with Ken Lockridge on Fieldstone CommonFollowing 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.

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 Swedenwith 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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Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis

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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Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis

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.

Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis

Show Notes – The Fairbanks House with Meaghan Siekman

The Fairbanks House with Meaghan Siekman on Fieldsone Common

The Fairbanks House in Dedham, Massachusetts

Following are some notes on items that were mentioned during the 13 September 2012 interview with Meaghan Siekman, curator of the Fairbanks House (the oldest timber-frame house in America).

The podcast of the interview is now available.

You can learn more about the Fairbanks House at their website and Facebook page.

Next year’s Fairbanks Family Reunion will be held August 10, 2013.

The dendrochronology tests performed on core samples from beams in the Fairbanks House were conducted by the Oxford Dendrochronology Labratory in Oxford, England. Their website provides information about dendrochronology tests at the Fairbanks House and many other historic New England homes.

Travis Parno is the archeologist who conducted the archeological digs at the Fairbanks House in 2009 and 2010.

The Genealogy of the Fairbanks Family in America, 1633-1897 by Lorenzo Sayle Fairbanks is available online in digital format.

Curator Meaghan Siekman

Curator Meaghan Siekman

The best published source for information about the Fairbanks House is The Fairbanks House: A History of the Oldest Timber-Frame Building in New England by Abbott Lowell Cummings.  Two copies of the book that were given away as door prizes were generously donated by its publisher, the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

The Fairbanks House offers tours Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm and Sundays 1:00-4:00pm, May through October each year.

Special 90-minute tours are being given by the curator, Meaghan Siekman. Contact the Fairbanks House for information on dates and times or call 781-326-1170. 

Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis

The Fairbanks House is now Archived as a Podcast

by Derickkwa

The most recent episode of Fieldstone Common featuring curator Meaghan Siekman talking about the Fairbanks House (the oldest timber-frame house in America) is now available for download as a podcast.

The podcast can played through the computer using your default media player or downloaded to iTunes (just click the iTunes button on the main page).

Listen to internet radio with Fieldstone Common on Blog Talk Radio
Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis

The Door Prizes are Ready!!

This week Fieldstone Common has some extra special door prizes.

Marian Pierre-Louis will be giving away two pairs of free tickets to tour the Fairbanks House in Dedham, Massachusetts.

One pair of tickets is for the general 60-minute Fairbanks House tour (a $24 value).  The other is a pair of tickets for the special 90-minute curator tours of the house (a $40 value).

These door prizes will be of most value to Fieldstone Common listeners who live within driving distance of the Fairbanks House. The free tours are provided courtesy of the Fairbanks House.

Recognizing that many listeners are spread out across the United States we are also offering two copies of the book The Fairbanks House: A History of the Oldest Timber-Frame Building in New England by premier architectural historian Abbott Lowell Cummings. These books are provided courtesy of the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Be sure to set a reminder for Fieldstone Common in you calendar and get ready at 1pm EST today to hear some great discussion with curator Meaghan Siekman and win some door prizes.

Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis

The Fairbanks House with Meaghan Siekman

The Fairbanks House in Dedham, MA
The Fairbanks House in Dedham, MA

The Fairbanks House in Dedham, Massachusetts, built c. 1637 is the oldest timber-frame house in America. It was unique for being owned and lived-in by 8 generations of the Fairbanks family. No other family ever lived in this house. But this house is not just the best preserved 17th century home, it also demonstrates the changes that have occurred in New England and American history over 372 years.

On Thursday, September 13, 2012 Fieldstone Common host, Marian Pierre-Louis, will speak with Fairbanks House curator, Meaghan Siekham. Meaghan will explore many topics that bring the history of the Fairbanks House alive including the mysteries of the house, Puritan Superstitions, the lives of women at the house and much more.

Door Prizes

Tune in live to be eligible to win one of two copies of the book The Fairbanks House by Abbott Lowell Cummings generously donated by the New England Historic Genealogical Society. We’ll also be giving out two pairs of tickets to tour the Fairbanks House.

Meaghan Siekman, curator of the Fairbanks House
Meaghan Siekman, curator of the Fairbanks House

SHOW DETAILS

Title: The Fairbanks House with Meaghan Siekman
Date: Thursday, September 13, 2012
Time: 1:00-2:00pm EST
Location: Fieldstone Common Radio – Sign up (i.e. follow) for a show reminder 

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Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis