Poster Title (Current Submission)

Fabricating Our History: Material Culture in 18th Century Illinois

Presenter Information

Julia K. GougeFollow

Major(s)

Art History

Minor(s)

Women's Studies

Mentor Name

Barbara Mooney

Mentor Department

Art History

Abstract

My research focuses on the material culture inventory lists of George Morgan, of the Philadelphia-based company Baynton, Wharton, and Morgan. I concentrate on fabrics, attempting to draw conclusions regarding gender and social class divides in the 18th century colonies of the Illinois region. This research can be used to strengthen our understanding of our Midwestern ancestors, as well as for understanding other cultures, given that fabric choice and sartorial expression are strong cultural representations world-wide.

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Fabricating Our History: Material Culture in 18th Century Illinois

My research focuses on the material culture inventory lists of George Morgan, of the Philadelphia-based company Baynton, Wharton, and Morgan. I concentrate on fabrics, attempting to draw conclusions regarding gender and social class divides in the 18th century colonies of the Illinois region. This research can be used to strengthen our understanding of our Midwestern ancestors, as well as for understanding other cultures, given that fabric choice and sartorial expression are strong cultural representations world-wide.