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Ice, Ice Baby

In 1820, George Parkinson notified readers of a Philadelphia newspaper that he managed the Green House Tavern on Chestnut Street. Here he stocked the “very best liquors,” hosted clubs and parties, and boasted the best ten- pin alley for guests (1). Next … Continue reading

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A Reflection on Open Doors

This is the fifth post in a blog series about one Winterthur Fellow’s experience in the Winterthur Fellowship Program When you’ve been out of graduate school for a few years, or a few decades, it can feel a little daunting … Continue reading

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Wherein We Contemplate the Things We Leave Behind

This is the fourth post in a blog series about one Winterthur Fellow’s experience in the Winterthur Fellowship Program From the Winterthur website: “Named for Winterthur’s first curator, the Downs Collection contains about 3,000 record groups…including personal and business accounts … Continue reading

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Our Author Becomes a Researcher

This is the third post in a blog series about one Winterthur Fellow’s experience in the Winterthur Fellowship Program The first thing you notice as you unlock the door to Foulsham House, where research fellows live at Winterthur, is that … Continue reading

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An Author Takes on a Project

This is the second post in a blog series about one Winterthur Fellow’s experience in the Winterthur Fellowship Program From my fellowship application: As the author of the Captain Jane Thorn historical maritime fiction series, I have two main goals: … Continue reading

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Sailing into Winterthur

The first in a blog series about one Winterthur Fellow’s experience in the Winterthur Fellowship Program I discovered a few years ago that the only thing more fun than reading a good book is writing one. You get to tell … Continue reading

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Winterthur Acquires Rare Painting by Robert S. Duncanson

A rare painting by Robert S. Duncanson, an African American artist identified by antebellum critics as the “best landscape painter in the West,” is now part of the Winterthur collection. A special study day, Discovering Duncanson, will be held on … Continue reading

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Ephemera Writing Contest

“Why did I agree to this,” he wondered, frowning, as he walked down the long hallway toward the parlor. Although he’d never admit it, even to himself, he knew exactly why he’d agreed to fill in last minute for a … Continue reading

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Hiding in Plain Sight

As a registration assistant at Winterthur, I’ve walked down the sixth floor hall countless times and never really thought twice about the Williams Room. Who would believe that I would discover a connection to my family tree in that room? … Continue reading

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What Does a Museum Scientist Do?

Ever wonder what a museum scientist does? This series of blog posts will shed light on varied work of museum scientists and how their work impacts museum collections. The Brandywine Valley has a rich chemical heritage, starting with the founding … Continue reading

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