Fashioning the New England Family

Meet the Team

Kimberly Alexander, Ph.D. is the guest curator of the exhibition and primary author of Fashioning the New England Family. Currently, she is Adjunct Faculty in the History Department at the University of New Hampshire, where she teaches museum studies and material culture. She has held curatorial positions at several New England museums, most recently Chief Curator at Strawbery Banke Museum (Portsmouth, NH.) Her forthcoming book, entitled Georgian Shoe Stories from Early America [Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018], traces the history of early Anglo-American footwear from the 1740s through the 1790s. Dr. Alexander was an Andrew Oliver Research Fellow at the Massachusetts Historical Society (2016-2017), and is currently writing the illustrated companion volume to accompany this exhibition. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram (@silkbrocade2), Twitter (@SilkDamask), and at her blog!

Anne E. Bentley is the MHS Curator of Art and Artifacts. A graduate of Syracuse University, Anne has been with the MHS since 1973, first as conservator of manuscripts, then as curator of the fine arts collection. From the first, she has also been responsible for the Society’s decorative arts, comprising all manner of arti¬facts from armor to writing implements—almost all of which were given with family papers. She is currently working with colleagues to convert the Society’s artifact records into the online catalog. Anne also wrote the preface for the Society’s award-winning companion volume, In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry

Ondine Le Blanc is Ford Editor of Publications at the Massachusetts Historical Society. She holds a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Michigan. At the MHS since 1997, Le Blanc has helped publish a broad range of books related to the Society’s collections, from documentary editions of handwritten diaries to exhibition catalogs, as well as the Society’s scholarly journal. Her day-to-day work runs the gamut from traditional copyediting to typesetting to XML encoding. Ondine also designed and edited the MHS publications In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry and The Cabinetmaker & the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections.

Laura Wulf has been working at the MHS for 10 years as a Digital Projects Production Specialist. Before arriving at the MHS she worked as a staff photographer at the Harvard University News Office and also freelanced for many years working for colleges, hospitals and local non-profits. She holds a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and an MLS from Simmons. Laura was the primary photographer for the MHS publications In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry and The Cabinetmaker & the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections.

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From Jobs and Freedom to Jobs and Opportunity: Andrew Young, Growth, and the Illusion of Job ...

4Mar 5:15PM 2021
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This paper considers Atlanta mayor Andrew Young’s shifting ideas about job creation and economic opportunity to investigate how Democrats abandoned their 1970s goal ...

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Climate in Words and Numbers: How Early Americans Recorded Weather in Almanacs

9Mar 5:15PM 2021
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As we begin to consider climate as an everyday problem, it's valuable to see how people did that in the past. With support from the Guggenheim Foundation, Joyce Chaplin ...

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Confronting Racial Injustice: Redlining: From Slavery to $8 in 400 Years

11Mar 6:00PM 2021
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In 2015, the Boston Federal Reserve found the median net worth for Black families in Boston was $8, in stark contrast to $250,000 for white families. This discrepancy is ...

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