WINTERTHUR PROGRAM IN AMERICAN MATERIAL CULTURE PRESENTS YOUNG SCHOLARS Saturday, November 11, 2:00 pm, Pusey & Jones Room Each year the Delaware Antiques Show showcases research of current and/or recent students from the Winterthur Program in AmericanMaterial Culture. The University of Delaware and Winterthur established this graduate program in 1952 to promote the interdisciplinary study of American decorative arts and material culture. The program’s alumni hold distinguished positions internationally in museums, antiques and auction houses, preservation organizations, historical societies, colleges and universities, libraries, and businesses.
TRENT RHODES Lois F. McNeil Fellow, Winterthur Southern Collecting in the Post–Civil War Era: A Case Study of Barbara Fritchie’s Desk-and-Bookcase Explore early collecting in the South through an examination of the desk-and-bookcase of Barbara Fritchie, a Unionist in Maryland who is remembered for her folkloric defiance of Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. Embedded in the mythology surrounding her story, the desk-and-bookcase is a testament to the power of objects to construct history and identity. The Shop of Robert Stewart: Work and Wealth in the Antebellum Natchez Furniture Trade By 1850, Natchez, Mississippi, was home to the largest number of millionaires in the nation, and cabinetmaker Robert Stewart’s shop produced furniture and sold imported pieces for all levels of society. His surviving accounts and furniture weave a story of the city’s unique material culture influenced by the river, slavery, and ties to the North. CANDICE ROLAND CANDETO Lois F. McNeil Fellow, Winterthur
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