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When the Past Still Hangs in the Parlor

· November 19th, 2019 · No Comments

by Janine Yorimoto Boldt “My Will is that none of the Pictures of what Sort Soever be Removed out of my Dwelling Hall.” With those words, Henry Custis (ca. 1677-1733) of Northampton County, Virginia clearly stated his intention that the family portraits (and any other pictures) should remain with his house in perpetuity. Custis would… Read More »

Update on the Georgian Papers Programme

· November 4th, 2019 · No Comments

The Georgian Papers Programme (GPP) is a 10-year transatlantic collaboration to digitize, share, and interpret more than 425,000 pages relating to the Georgian period (1714–1837) from the Royal Archives and Royal Library at Windsor Castle. The ultimate goal of the Programme is to provide a unique digital resource that is both readily accessible to members… Read More »

“By the Meanes of Women”: Jamestown on the Vanguard of English Women’s Settlement

· October 28th, 2019 · 2 Comments

by Emily Sackett Emily Sackett was awarded an OI–Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation fellowship in spring 2019. She spent the month of September 2019 in residence at the Omohundro Institute and conducted extensive research in the collections at Jamestown Island. The OI offers numerous short-term fellowships for scholars—from advanced graduate students to senior scholars. Applications for the… Read More »