Runaways Online!

I found out this week (thanks Ms. H) that you can see the entire text of “Had on When She Went Away: Expanding the Usefulness of Garment Data in American Runaway Advertisements: 1750-90” first published in Pasold Research Fund’s journal … Continue reading

Stocking Washing

The summer is full of living history events, and moreso, the laundry that follows a hot sweaty weekend out in a field without a shower. While plenty of women I know want to get their stays (corset) off first after … Continue reading

Variety Among the 18th Century Lesser Sorts

As part of my research on 18thcentury working class clothing, I have been studying indentured and enslaved female servants who immigrated to the American colonies. I created a database that now houses records for 1000 women and their 6000 garments.  Runaway … Continue reading

Names of the Forgotten – Runaway Clothing Database Project

The Runaway Clothing Database project uses newspaper runaway advertisements to catalog the garments of indentured and enslaved women in the American colonies from 1750-1790. These advertisements are often the only glimpse of these women in the documentary record. Personal information, such … Continue reading

A Concise Ethnography of Reenactors

Reenacting draws a diverse crowd. Generally, those who participate in living history interpretation enjoy history and spending time outdoors (to varying degrees). But that’s where the similarity of motivation and degree of participation ends. Some are more interested in military … Continue reading

Following Eleanor Ferrell: A Runaway Indentured Servant

New: see the full article online here. If it doesn’t come up, go to the home page and search again. Abraham Emmit labeled her “an ill natured, scolding, cursing, swearing, thieving servant Woman. I’ve been following Eleanor Ferrell began during my … Continue reading