Publications

You can read about my current research on my blog. I believe in open access, and you can download all of my publications via the links below courtesy of the various publishers.

“Breaking the Fourth Wall of Living History: When Inaccuracy Makes for Good Interpretation,” Association for Living History, Farm and Agriculture Museums Bulletin 45, no. 4 (Winter 2016), 11-13. In this article, I discuss the potential of giving historic site visitors access to the backstage processes that go into recreating historical objects, using nineteenth-century waterproof clothing as an example. You can download a copy here, by permission of The ALHFAM Bulletin.

“Two Years Aboard the Welcome: The American Revolution on Lake Huron,” Journal of the American Revolution (alllthingsliberty.com), February 2016. This article is the result of years of on-and-off research on a particular sloop that sailed the Great Lakes during the American Revolution. You can read it here.

“Joseph Long’s Slops: Ready-Made Clothing in Early America,” Winterthur Portfolio: A Journal of American Material Culture 49, no. 2/3 (Summer/Autumn 2015), 63-91. In this article, I argue that ready-made clothing in early America established the groundwork for the garment industry that emerged in the mid-nineteenth century and remains dominant today. you can download a copy here. It is based on my master’s thesis, available here, in which I also discussed clothing at the Philadelphia almshouse.

“‘Darkened by the Tides and Time’: The History and Material Culture of His Majesty’s Ship Augusta,” The Military Collector & Historian: Journal of the Company of Military Historians 66, no. 2 (Summer 2014), 110-124. In this article, I examine the three “lives” of a Revolutionary War British naval vessel: as a warship on the Delaware River, as a salvaged wreck, and as souvenir relics. You can download a copy here.

The final resting place of His Majesty’s Ship Augusta, Gloucester City, NJ.

In 2013, I worked on “The First Oval Office Project,” an initiative undertaken by the Museum of the American Revolution and Colonial Williamsburg to recreate George Washington’s Revolutionary War sleeping tent. Besides discussing it on my own blog, I wrote a post about this work on the blog “Enfilade,” here.

“‘Every man turned out in the best he had’: Clothing and Buttons in the Historical and Archaeological Records of Johnson’s Island Prisoner-of-War Depot, 1862-1865,” Northeast Historical Archaeology 40 (2011; published 2013), 86-103. In this article, I discuss the buttons and garments of Confederate officers-turned-prisoners on Johnson’s Island, Ohio, as well as a laundry inventory from 1865 and archaeological evidence from the site. You can download a copy here.

“Textile Artifacts from H.M. Sloop DeBraak,” The Military Collector & Historian: Journal of the Company of Military Historians 65, no. 1 (Spring 2013), 75-88. In this article, I discuss an amazing collection of textile fragments from the DeBraak, a British vessel that sank in Delaware Bay in 1798. You can download a copy here.

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Fragment of sailcloth from the DeBraak, courtesy of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs/Delaware State Archaeological Collections.

“Working Men’s Clothes in New Jersey, 1750-1825,” in Work of Play: Where Business Meets Leisure, edited by Siobhan Fitzpatrick, 9-23 (Madison, NJ: Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, 2013). In this article in an exhibition catalog of the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, I examine the clothing of slaves, servants, apprentices, sailors, and farmers in early New Jersey. You can purchase a complete copy of the printed of Kindle catalog from Amazon here. All proceeds benefit the Museum’s Collection & Exhibitions department. You can download a copy of my article here.

“Crafting a New Historian,” Chronicle of Higher Education, December 5, 2012. In this essay, I discuss how my historical sewing work overlaps with and influences my academic career in history.

“The Butcher, the Baker, & the Tallow Chandler,” Winterthur Library Exhibition, 2011. This brochure discusses the material I curated in a small exhibition for the Winterthur Library (Delaware) focused on bread, meat, and candles as material culture.

“Innocents at War: Si Klegg’s Civil War,” Common-Place 11, no. 2 (January 2011). In this article in an online humanities journal, I detail the history of Wilbur Hinman’s 1887 comic Civil War novel Corporal Si Klegg and His “Pard.”

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One of George Coffin’s illustrations from Corporal Si Klegg and His “Pard,” by Wilbur Hinman (Cleveland: N.G. Hamilton & Co., 1889).