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Architecture, history and culture from a Salem, Massachusetts based academic and perspective
The Ladies’ Miscellany, 1828-31
2017-03-29 11:53
To end Women’s History Month on a more pleasant note, I leafed through the digital pages of a short-lived Salem newspaper published for women by John Chapman from 1828 to 1831: the&nbs&hell…Read More
A Scalping In Salem
2017-03-26 14:05
As today is “Salem Women’s History Day” as proclaimed by our mayor, I thought I should write about a “notable” Salem woman. I’ve certainly featured lots o… Read More
Death Cushions
2017-03-24 11:11
In the early morning of this day in 1603, the great Queen Elizabeth I died at Richmond Palace, in a great royal bed befitting her station in life and history. But this was not her chosen pla… Read More
Is Purity Possible?
2017-03-22 11:40
Architectural purity, I mean: there’s no philosophical, spiritual or political rumination going on here. My house is such an assemblage of Federal, Greek Revival and eclectic Victorian… Read More
Winter And Spring
2017-03-20 11:27
Looking out the window on the last day of winter 2017, a grey snow-threatening day, it seemed as if the seasons were in battle, with Winter struggling to muster up the energy for one last bl… Read More
She Wears The Green
2017-03-17 11:33
I looked back through my posts of St. Patrick’s Days past and found: green cards, green plants, greenbacks, green fairies, and green men. Lots of men, in fact, but very few women, unle… Read More
Howard Pyle And Salem
2017-03-14 16:49
Spring break week and I’m going nowhere, unfortunately. Yet I am actually content to have the extra time to catch up on a backlog of administrative and academic work, with the fre… Read More
A Tudor House In Salem
2017-03-10 14:21
How did I miss it? Here I am, a sixteenth-century English historian living in Salem, and I never knew about a reproduction sixteenth-century house built right here in 1927 by a mason named J… Read More
Wired For “Effortless Living”
2017-03-08 13:30
There is a well-maintained Colonial Revival house on Loring Avenue in South Salem for sale right now: it looks unassuming, but when it was built in 1924 it was famous, surpassing, … Read More
Time Travellers
2017-03-05 14:30
Generally there are several films on my Salem Film Fest “itinerary”, but this year (the Festival’s 10th) I seem to be focused exclusively on one documentary: Jay Cheel&rsqu&hell…Read More

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