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Object Project

Object Project

By UNCW Public History
The stuff of history is all around us—it’s in what we eat and wear, where we live and play, and how we work and travel.
The Object Project is a podcast about material culture and history, produced by history students of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, in Wilmington, NC, and Dr. Jennifer Le Zotte, assistant professor of US history and material culture.
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Ep 2.1 1868 Horatio Seymour Snuffbox
In 1868, supporters of U.S. presidential candidates Horatio Seymour could purchase a small snuffbox with Seymour's likeness on it. Join us to discover what exactly a snuffbox is and why they were used in Victorian political campaigns. 
38:06
September 9, 2020
Ep 2.2 The Morse Daguerreotype
Did you know the inventor of the Morse code brought one of the first modern cameras to America? Tune in to learn about Samuel Morse's 1839 Daguerreotype and its cultural implications. 
27:54
September 9, 2020
Ep 1.5 1950s Apron Pattern
The fifth minisode in our series looks at the social, cultural, and economic importance gleaned from a 1950s Apron Pattern. While little is know about the owner of the actual pattern, from an examination of the material itself and research into the role of the apron in culture and contemporary economies, Alex, Ian, and Elisa show how much we can learn about history through some brittle scraps of decades-old pattern paper. 
16:53
January 20, 2020
Ep 1.4 1820s Tea Set
Object Project Minisode number 4 looks at an 1820s canary-yellow tea set. Listen to learn about the material and cultural difference between ceramic and earthenware tea sets, and how saucers were really used.
18:04
December 16, 2019
Ep 1.3 Voigtlander Camera
Object Project's third minisode looks at the story behind a 1875 Voigtlander Camera, housed at the Cape Fear Museum. Join Jackie, Anthony, Nicole, and David to hear the picturesque tale. 
17:09
November 18, 2019
Ep 1.2 Mushroom Kingdom
Our second minisodes continues with the material culture of Wilmington's film history. Specifically, Alex B. and Alexander W use a sinister costume mask from 1993's Super Mario Brother's Movie to explore the history of Nintendo games and the film itself. 
17:22
October 23, 2019
Ep 1.1 Blue Velvet
Object Project Episode 1.1 discusses the history and meaning of the iconic blue velvet gown used in the 1986 David Lynch film by the same title. The gown itself (one of two used in the film) is held in the collections of Cape Fear Museum in Wilmington, North Carolina. 
14:32
October 8, 2019
Object Project Trailer
 The stuff of history is all around us—it’s in what we eat and wear, where we live and play, and how we work and travel. The Object Project is a podcast about material culture and history, produced by history students of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, in Wilmington, NC, and Dr. Jennifer Le Zotte, assistant professor of US history and material culture. All episodes and mini-sodes are researched and recorded by UNCW students exploring the tangible past.
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August 20, 2019