Past Meeting

Clarissa Dillon

Colonial or Colonial Revival?

by Clarissa Dillon, Ph.D.

Have you ever wondered about the long gun and powder-horn seen hanging over a colonial fireplace? Thanks to Alice Morse Carle's Home Life in Colonial Days, these objects became a common feature in Colonial Revival kitchens.

What was Colonial Revival? When was it important and where can we see examples? How is it related to Colonial ? Why is there a difference? Are they interchangeable? If not, how can we tell them apart? There are plenty of examples in our neighborhood.

Wearing her period work-clothes, historian and scholar Clarissa Dillon discussed the characteristics of both styles of interpreting our past, and illustrated with some show-and-tell items.

Clarissa Dillon grew up in Chicago. She taught there and when she moved to Pennsylvania she taught in Radnor for 24 years. She has her doctorate in History from Bryn Mawr College and has been active in "living history" since 1973. Although much of her work involves using her research to produce foods, domestic medicines, and other products of 18th-century women's work, she enjoys the occasional "traditional" project.

This presentation was held at the Tredyffrin Public Library in Strafford, PA on Sunday 17 September 2017, starting at 2 pm.


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