Material Culture: The LESLEY Documentation Project

This iteration of Dr. Seth Bruggeman’s Studies in American Material Culture course was taught on site and in cooperation with the Independence Seaport Museum. The readings, assignments, and blog posts all relate to the LESLEY Documentation Project, a material culture initiative to study a 1930s “sneakbox” boat built in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey.

Posted by | December 2, 2017
The Mnemonic Landscape of Society Hill: Or, You Already Know That This Blog Entry is About “Urban Renewal”

As part of an exercise in analyzing the physical surroundings of Philadelphia's Independence Seaport Museum, and more specifically the Cruiser Olympia, our Studies in Material Culture class took an hour...

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Posted by | November 9, 2017
Local Historical Context: The Material Culture of Port Penn, Somewhere in Time

Marshes at low tide, Port Penn, Delaware. Author's photo. The Cleaver House in Port Penn. Author's photo. This view of the marshy shore of Port Penn, Delaware looks charmingly bucolic,...

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Posted by | November 3, 2017
Olympia in Juxtaposition

My saber label in the WWI Olympia exhibit This past week I boarded Cruiser Olympia at the Independence Seaport Museum for what I think was the fourth time. I've found...

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Posted by | October 22, 2017
Seascapes, Spacescapes

The first time I remember seeing the ocean, I was ten years old. My family was in Cape Canaveral, Florida, to watch the launch of the NASA Mars Pathfinder mission....

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Posted by | September 27, 2017
Net Gains: Applying Theory and Interpretation

I made the acquaintance of my gill net and floats one week ago, and it is time to begin situating how I will apply some of the theory readings in...

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Posted by | September 23, 2017
Object Analysis: Gill Net and Floats

This week, I was introduced to my very own objects to get to know, analyze, and research for Studies in American Material Culture. These items, a gill net and wooden...

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Posted by | September 1, 2017
Object Reflection: The LESLEY

This week's reading: Jennifer L. Roberts, “The Power of Patience: Teaching Students the Value of Deceleration and Immersive Attention,” Harvard Magazine (November-December 2013): 40-43. I've been looking forward to taking this class, Studies...

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