Welcome to The Still Room.
Beginning her museum career at age 13 as a historical interpreter at Heritage Hill State Park in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Becky Fifield is a museum collections manager at a New York City organization. She is the Vice Chair for the American Institute for Conservation’s Collections Care Network and former Chair for Alliance for Response NYC. Ms. Fifield is the editor of Women’s Dress During the American Revolution and the article “Had on When She Went Away: Expanding the Usefulness of Garment Data in American Runaway Advertisements, 1750-1790″ published in Pasold Research Fund’s Textile History in May 2011. She is a 2013 recipient of a Winterthur Museum Research Fellowship to further explore supply of garments to servants, as well as to participate in a preventive conservation exchange. Ms. Fifield regularly speaks on collection care, emergency preparedness, and 18th century women’s dress. Steeped in history from an early age at local battlefields, historic sites, and in her grandparents’ tidewater town, Becky and her husband, Dr. V, now live in New York City.
A stillroom was a designated work room for the once complicated work of food preservation: pickling, drying of herbs, potting of meats, distilling, manufacture of sweetmeats, and so forth. Ms. Fifield’s take on the stillroom is to pull into this space a variety of tales. There’s a bit of pun in the title The Still Room, delineating a quiet space brimming with the ingredients of memory, where consideration, analysis, and wordcraft can take place. The earthenware jars in Ms. Fifield’s Still Room are labeled many a varied thing. The blog posts sprout from Ms. Fifield’s interests, including museums, historic preservation, transit, communities, social and women’s history, food, current events, geneaology, travel, roadtrips, and considerations on general sense of place.