When Professor Elaine Crane was honored by Fordham University with funding for scholarly activities to mark her elevation to the rank of Distinguished University Professor, she generously offered the funds as one-time research grant awards for graduate students in US history.
In the coming weeks we will profile the research projects undertaken with support of the Crane fund. This week: a week in the archives in New Orleans with Jacquelyne Thoni Howard. For Jacque’s report from New Orleans, read on.
Perforated cooking spoon: eighteenth century
This Fall, Professor Elaine Crane will offer a new course, HIST 4658 Home Sweet Home: the Material Culture of Early America. The course will meet on Tuesdays 3:30-5:30 at the New York Historical Society in Manhattan.
Professor Crane writes:
Home Sweet Home will explore early America through objects in daily use. We will look at candle molds to see how hot wax and string turned darkness into light. We will handle utensils and cooking ware to learn how people produced the food they ate and the beverages they drank without the help of microwave ovens and processors. Wooden plates and porcelain cups will distinguish rich from poor as will the furniture and textiles people passed from one generation to another. Room by room and article by article early Americans will reveal how they lived their lives.