Postpartum Depression and Witchcraft

If you have had a baby, you know the months afterward can be tough, and memorable. There are numerous explanations as to what lunacy gripped Salem Village (now Danvers) in 1692. Ergot poisoning. Adolescent girls seeking power. Class inequality. Disputes over … Continue reading

Wanderlust Wednesday: Sewing in Sheffield

Sheffield resident Lisa R. and I met through Revolutionary War reenacting. Looking for ways to extend the fellowship of the hobby outside of encampments and to coax local crafters out of their homes, Lisa scheduled a couple of dates for … Continue reading

Things That Make Me Happy: Box of Crayons at the MFA, Boston

There’s a lot to love about this sweet handmade box chock a block full of stubby crayons once owned by the Robbins family of Lexington, Massachusetts. The paper wrapping the outside of the thin paperboard is block-printed with tiny black … Continue reading

Wanderlust Wednesday – Worcester, Massachusetts, by way of Springfield

Pop Quiz: How did Worcester, Massachusetts make its money? Answer: Corsets. The Royal Worcester Corset Factory was the largest U.S. employer of women in 1908.       I spent all of 18 hours in Worcester last week. It has … Continue reading

Costume Moment: Black Silk Bonnet at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

When I was a Collection Care Specialist at the MFA boston, I was beginning the study of late eighteenth century dress. I knew that this black silk bonnet was later than that period, but integrated aspects of  bonnets of the … Continue reading