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

Upcoming in November on Fieldstone Common Radio

Be sure to mark your calendar. We’ll be giving away some great books during the live broadcasts of Fieldstone Common.

1 Nov 2012 at 1pm EST
When America First Met China by Eric Jay Dolin on Fieldstone Common

When America First Met China with Eric Jay Dolin. As a brand new country the United States set out right away to establish itself as a commercial power. Eric Jay Dolin talks about the early roots of the China trade and the historical balance of power between these two nations.

8 Nov 2012 at 1pm EST
Mahogany by Prof. Jennifer L. Anderson on Fieldstone Common

Mahogany: The Costs of Luxury in Early America with Prof. Jennifer L. Anderson. In the mid-eighteenth century, colonial Americans became enamored with the rich colors and silky surface of mahogany. Mahogany traces the path of this wood through many hands, from source to sale: from the enslaved African woodcutters, to the ship captains, merchants, and timber dealers.

15 Nov 2012 at 1pm EST
The Poorhouses of Massachusetts by Heli Meltsner on Fieldstone Common
The Poorhouses of Massachusetts with Heli Meltsner.  A Study on the development of the poorhouses, the life within their walls and their architecture. Learn how Massachusetts dealt with its poor, homeless and mentally ill before the inception of Social Security and current welfare programs.
22 Nov 2012 at 1pm EST
Plimoth Plantation Culinarian Kathleen Wall on Fieldstone Common
An Original Thanksgiving with Plimouth Plantation Culinarian, Kathleen Wall. What was the original Thanksgiving like and how does it compare with how we celebrate today? Learn about colonial food in this very special Thanksgiving episode.
29 Nov 2012 at 1pm EST
Professor Ken Lockridge on Fieldstone Common

A New England Town with Prof. Ken Lockridge . Ken Lockridge wrote A New England Town in 1970 and it went on to become a significant contribution to the field of history and our understanding of the development of New England. Come hear how the field of history has changed since that time.
Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis