In which a recent college grad with a history degree (that's me, Tessa!) shares all the historic narratives (but mainly women's history and material culture) that have caught her eye in her post undergrad/post thesis life!
On the first Open House episode of this season of Works Not Cited, I’m taking you to the opulent private chamber of Mary of Woodstock at Amesbury Abbey and discussing the life of this nun-princess; her early veiling, her material world, her involvement in intercession, and (briefly) her love of gambling. I’ve been looking forward to digging into Mary’s material life for months, and I’m really excited to bring this episode to you all today.
Learn more and bibliography at https://docs.google.com/document/d/150QDLEKu83AvTndxyhLVLs2JCSxsB3R_sDIRt8E9f04/edit?usp=sharing
After a bit of a break, I’m back with the season premiere of Works Not Cited!!! Today, I’m putting a spin on all the Virginia history I learned in college and discussing the lives of the Murray ladies, the wife and daughters of the infamous Lord Dunmore. From Virginia to Italy, this episode discusses colonial politics, Georgian society, women’s experiences, secret marriages, financial independence and inheritance, and more. I’m really happy to be back recording and sharing history with you all, and I hope you enjoy this episode!
Learn more and episode notes at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BHGIMAi_okXmjCI8EwezSloa5IuSs2rn-PzzZgit4sM/edit?usp=sharing
Did you want a podcast episode where I ramble about the history behind season 2 of the Umbrella Academy? Well, I decided to be a total nerd and record this fun bonus episode to celebrate recording my 20th episode of Works Not Cited! If you’re looking for some 1960s history (JFK assassination! Counterculture! Civil Rights Movement! LGBTQ Dallas! The Umbrella Man!) feat me laughing at my own jokes, you've come to the right place.
(Also thank you to everyone who's listened to Works Not Cited so far, you're all wonderful, and I'm absolutely loving sharing history with all of you!)
Bibliography and learn more-- https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DOYalcxvM6X-9OMaVr_BFl5-NDqoADzY6V4pa_Cjea4/edit?usp=sharing
Today, to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day (which is this coming Monday, October 12th!!) I’m sharing the stories of the Five Moons; five indigenous women from Oklahoma who gained international fame as ballet dancers in the early 20thcentury! They were brilliant performers, leaders, and educators, bringing attention to Native American artistry through their dances. I absolutely loved researching these women, especially since their words survive in books, documentaries, and interviews, and I’m so excited to share their narratives with all of you!
Resources to learn more and bibliography at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PVZtSlBiHMDBxtsOB4sZNr5T9xqXmyqYK33vWuvJwX4/edit?usp=sharing
Today’s Open House takes you through the Damascus Room in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a wonderful example of a Syrian qa’a. Besides a room tour, I dive into some analysis, discussing historical interpretation, contextualization, and Orientalism in collections. It’s a big topic that might bring up more questions than I answer, but hopefully gives a little look into both Syrian history and the interpretation of period rooms!
Learn more and bibliography available at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tzO9t-VHngANpI689kqdOodxoIp-z8uqPwUBLLtGljQ/edit?usp=sharing
Today, I’m tracing New York resident Edna Odell’s experience of WWI; serving as a nurse with the American Red Cross, working with war orphans as part of the Children’s Bureau, and eventually adopting two children herself. This episode is the product of the research I’ve been doing as a volunteer for the Friends of the Odell House Rochambeau HQ, which has been an absolute blast and pulled me down numerous rabbit holes!
Learn more and bibliography available at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1P4auo4LKMsvUpSNrvW5xQZeIfBaLjCjgQxtxC1ZL-zY/edit?usp=sharing
Today, I’m taking you to a famous building in 1940s Amsterdam; Prinsengracht 263, where Anne Frank and her family hid for two years to escape Nazi persecution and violence during the Holocaust. While the Secret Annex remains the most well-known part of the building, I’ll be taking you through the rest of the structure, introducing (and hopefully doing justice to) the helpers who kept the Annex occupants safe and, in the words of Anne Frank herself, “displayed heroism in their cheerfulness and affection”.
Learn more/bibliography available at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DlFMAXWH9s3SD3ZMoCzeya2KsEKoCJh6nejpG6UEPqo/edit?usp=sharing
Today, I’m diving deep into fashion history with a study of a gown in Colonial Williamsburg’s collection that has a history from 18th century women’s silk design to 19th century fancy dress! Female artisans, business-owners, consumers, inheritors, and partiers- they’re all here!
Learn more and bibliography at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1US2lNB5PomX_VAC1gphh38Az1ztNDe_OYILg7wkznj4/edit?usp=sharing
Today's Open House takes you to 1920s Paris to the rue de l’Odeon, where Sylvia Beach gathered the literary community and the Lost Generation in her bookstore and library, Shakespeare and Company! With a listen, you can tour the shop where Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, and more borrowed books and gathered for literary debate, and get to know the woman who was the heart of this literary community. It’s an homage to avid readers. Learn more and bibliography available at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vzpiH6bRpus_ikDl5_b_WWiG2QISs98UrO6dIykiyY8/edit?usp=sharing
Today, I’m commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification and certification of the 19th Amendment (and the work still to be done regarding women’s rights) by shedding some light onto the life and work of Mabel Ping-Hua Lee, Chinese-American suffragette, feminist, writer, educator, and activist. Featured in the New York Tribune in 1912, she is probably best known for leading the May 4th, 1912 women’s suffrage demonstration in NYC on horseback as part of a women’s cavalry! I say ‘amazing’ a lot this episode because it’s hard to find the right words to convey how inspiring learning about Lee’s life was.
Learn more and bibliography can be found at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PVjMCmbPvjRZfxU90Hf9V7M9YoSuq22YvqF_B0XLbX0/edit?usp=sharing
Today, I’m taking you to Florida and New York to discuss how the history of Saratoga Springs, NY was translated in design to Disney World's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa! It's an excuse for me to discuss history based hotel design and pay homage to an upstate New York town that's close to my heart!
Learn more and bibliography accessible at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1M8y2pX-Mk2MfhGIlv_wFljbWZp-LMWoLBdAwGrhA54k/edit?usp=sharing
Today, I’m returning to Virginia with a discussion of Rufus Holsinger’s striking photograph of Marie S. Gordon, on the occasion of her 8th grade graduation! This leads into the larger themes of African American education in Virginia (the Bray School! Gowan Pamphlet! Education in secret!) and visual culture (combating white supremacy with images of dignity!).
Extra resources and bibliography can be found at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1P5fKdlA2MxOpPJmiyJ6MZjXv5otzXNDiSYCdY_F5mSQ/edit?usp=sharing
Today, I’m taking you back in time in the Big Apple and discussing tenement life for German immigrants in the 1880s through the eyes of 12 year old Olga Gumpertz. It's a bit of a twist on the usual Jacob Riis narrative. Apologies ahead for some of the audio inconsistencies, recording was just a little crazy today! Enjoy!
Today on Works Not Cited, I’m taking cues from musical theatre yet again by discussing the life of Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, who secured Vincent van Gogh’s legacy, strove for self-improvement and fulfillment, and features prominently in the musical Starry.
Episode Notes (apparently there's a lot!)- https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zIuDAS-kuKwEEIqtYdoRUJFVjWk3onE_seI7AKBbHC0/edit?usp=sharing
Today, I’m talking about a hotel I had a really yummy 20th birthday cupcake at; Disney’s Contemporary Resort!! If you didn’t know, I am a total Disney nerd and indulge myself today by talking about modernism, technology, urban planning, female artists, and, you guessed it, Richard Nixon at the happiest place on earth!
Episode notes were too big, so they can be found here- https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_AG380TrrginwqstsCJ97B0ivw69bNnq_x5TT3dhVHo/edit?usp=sharing
I was a page into Erica Armstrong Dunbar’s ‘A Fragile Freedom’ when I found my latest topic for a Works Not Cited episode! Today I’m discussing the friendship album of Amy Matilda Cassey, female friendships, and the activism of African American women in mid-19th century Philadelphia!
If They Should Ask- http://www.iftheyshouldask.com/
Black Founders: The Free Black Community in the Early Republic- https://librarycompany.org/blackfounders/index.htm#.XxB86i3Mw1I
The Cassey & Dickerson Friendship Album Project- https://lcpalbumproject.org/
Dunbar, Erica Armstrong. A Fragile Freedom: African American Women and Emancipation in the Antebellum City. London: Yale University Press, 2008.
“19th-Century African American Women’s Friendship Albums Online.” Fine Books & Collections. July 11th, 2012. Accessed July 10th, 2020. https://www.finebooksmagazine.com/news/19th-century-african-american-womens-friendship-albums-online.
“History & Materiality.” Cassey & Dickerson: Friendship Album Project. Accessed July 10th, 2020. https://lcpalbumproject.org/?page_id=14.
Good, Cassandra. “How Early-19th-Century Students Cemented Their Bonds Through Friendship Albums.” Slate. May 6th, 2016. Accessed July 10th, 2020. https://slate.com/human-interest/2016/05/history-of-friendship-in-the-early-republic-friendship-albums-created-by-students.html.
Taunton, Matthew. “Print Culture.” British Library. May 15th, 2014. Accessed July 10th, 2020. https://www.bl.uk/romantics-and-victorians/articles/print-culture.
“Friendship album of Moyses Walens.” British Library. Accessed July 10th, 2020. https://www.bl.uk/collection-items/friendship-album-of-moyses-walens.
“Margaretta Forten.” If They Should Ask. Accessed July 15th, 2020. http://www.iftheyshouldask.com/margaretta-forten/.
“Sarah Mapps Douglass.” If They Should Ask. Accessed July 15th, 2020. http://www.iftheyshouldask.com/sarah-mapps-douglass/.
For the second episode of Works Not Cited: Open House, I discuss two of the dining rooms on the Titanic, First Class and Third Class, and use their design to discuss immigration, historical revivalism, society, wealth, and imperialism. As my longest episode to date, it’s pretty obvious that I’ve got a few thoughts about eating on the ‘ship of dreams.’
Episode notes can be found here https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PzyGIDd0PlkHFAsOPsk6BQWROsQY_p-HkoFRs7by3t8/edit?usp=sharing because they were too big!
To celebrate Hamilton coming to Disney +, I’m talking about the woman who inspired a lot of my research, Eliza Hamilton, and the end of her life in Washington DC.
Gordon-Reed, Annette. “The intense debates surrounding Hamilton don’t diminish the musical- they enrich it.” Vox. September 13th, 2016. Accessed June 28th, 2020. https://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2016/9/13/12894934/hamilton-debates-history-race-politics-literature.
Chandler, Clare. “’Let me be part of the narrative’- The Schuyler Sisters ‘almost’ feminist?” Contemporary Theatre Review 28, vol. 3. Accessed June 28th, 2020. https://www.contemporarytheatrereview.org/2018/chandler-hamilton-almost-feminist/.
Andrews, Maddie. “ ‘I’m ‘a compel him to include women in the sequel’- Why in Hamilton needs to be evaluated.”
Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical Is Restaging America’s Past. Edited by Renee C. Romano and Claire Bond Potter. New Brunswick, Rutgers University Press, 2018.
Lossing, Benson J. The Pictorial Field-book of the Revolution Vol I. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1860.
Harrison, Samuel Alexander, Memoir of Lieutenant Colonel Tench Tilghman, secretary and aid to Washington. Albany: J. Munsell, 1876.
“November 9: Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton (1854).” The Church of the Epiphany. November 8th, 2017. Accessed June 28th, 2020. http://epiphanydc.org/2017/11/08/november-9-elizabeth-schuyler-hamilton-1854/
Cleveland Daily Herald, Cleveland, Ohio, 1 March 1845. Newspaper article. From The Dolley Madison Digital Edition, University of Virginia, Rotunda. Accessed June 28th, 2020.
Holly, Eliza. Eliza Holly to Catherine Schuyler Malcom Cochran, June 30th; July 16th, 1850; 1851; August 12th, 1851; March 21st, 1851; December 19th, 1852; December 22nd, 1852; July 7th, 1854; November 16th, 1854; 1855. Letter. From Columbia University’s Rare Books and Manuscript Library, The Hamilton Family Papers, 1768-1930. Accessed July 2nd, 2020.
Holly, Eliza. Eliza Holly to John Church Hamilton, September 5th, 1854. Letter. From Columbia University’s Rare Books and Manuscript Library, The Hamilton Family Papers, 1768-1930. Accessed July 2nd, 2020.
Today I’m debuting the newest Works Not Cited segment and taking you on a little tour of the Powel House’s parlor!
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Powel House Room- https://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/144115.html.
Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks, Powel House- https://www.philalandmarks.org/powel-house.
Shields, David S. and Fredrika J. Teute. "The Republican Court and the Historiography of a Women's Domain in the Public Sphere." Journal of the Early Republic 35, no. 2 (2015): 169-183.
Lee, Katharine Diane. “’The Young Women Here Enjoy a Liberty’: Philadelphia Women and the Public Sphere, 1760s-1840s.” PhD. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. 2016.
Kirtley, Alexandra Alevizatos. “Front Parlor from the Powel House, Philadelphia, 1769-70.” Winterthur Portfolio 46, no. 2/3 (2012): E12-E23.
House Tour, Powel House, Philadelphia, PA. May 24th, 2019.
Maust, Ted. “The Account Books of Elizabeth Willing Powel: Part 2, The People.” Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks. November 16th, 2017. Accessed June 24th, 2020. https://www.philalandmarks.org/post/2017/11/03/the-account-books-of-elizabeth-willing-powel-part-2-the-people.
Today, to commemorate Juneteenth, I’m sharing the story of Ona Judge Staines and her escape to freedom from enslavement in the President’s House.
To Learn More….
Colonial Williamsburg will be going live on Facebook on June 19th at 2pm to celebrate Juneteenth- https://www.facebook.com/ColonialWilliamsburg/.
Montpelier has a variety of talks, performances, walking tours, etc planned to celebrate Juneteenth- https://www.montpelier.org/events/2nd-annual-juneteenth-celebration-at-james-madison-s-montpelier;https://ocaahsjuneteenth.org/celebrate/.
Colonial Williamsburg’s Mary Carter portrayed Ona Judge Staines in this amazing performance!!- https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=873753406422492.
Wright, Hope and Deirdre Jones. “What is Juneteenth?” June 10th, 2020. Accessed June 18th, 2020. https://www.colonialwilliamsburg.org/learn/living-history/what-juneteenth/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=black_history&utm_content=juneteenth_blog&nck&fbclid=IwAR25BnS83H5dMCVDDxoaB9MbRHDi3Lm3PYQx7G2JKvsFc5MQQ0QIaNZU8eE.
“History of Juneteenth.” Juneteenth. Accessed June 18th, 2020. http://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm.
Dunbar, Erica Armstrong. Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave Ona Judge. New York: 37 Ink, 2017.
Thompson, Mary. “Slavery and Marriage.” George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Accessed June 17th, 2020. https://www.mountvernon.org/library/digitalhistory/digital-encyclopedia/article/slavery-and-marriage/.
“Washington’s Runaway Slave.” US History. Accessed June 18th, 2020. https://www.ushistory.org/presidentshouse/slaves/oneyinterview.php.
In this episode, I highlight some African American historians who have inspired me during my college career!
I tried to copy and paste my bibliography and list of resources, but unfortunately it was too big for the episode notes! So, it can be accessed using this link- https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Xy-3DmQMVMSiUmd3mkspASbo2yc9ehVshGrn43RIYbs/edit?usp=sharing. Please reach out to me via Instagram or by leaving a comment on Anchor if you're having trouble accessing!
Dedicated to the love of my research life, the household account. You're a pretty cool source.
Works Cited in today's episode...
Washington household journal, 1793-1797, manuscript, Historical Society of Pennsylvania collection of George Washington family papers, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Dunbar, Erica Armstrong. Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave Ona Judge. New York: 37 Ink, 2017.
Holland, Jesse J. The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slaves in the White House. Guilford: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.
Dotson, Carly. “George Washington Sees the Circus: Examining the President’s Household Accounts.” Washington Papers. October 11th, 2019. Accessed May 28th, 2020. https://washingtonpapers.org/george-washington-sees-the-circus-examining-the-presidents-household-accounts/?fbclid=IwAR3pB6dM-zgnAqLcvXZMrIrLvBvU6aKuZedC0QMebHqOQnyXT6tCanhb1fM.
Wilson-Lee, Kelcey, Daughters of Chivalry: The Forgotten Princesses of King Edward Longshanks. London: Pegasus Books, 2019.
The imperial family of Russia probably would’ve posted on Dogspotting Society if they had Facebook.
Quotes from Helen Azar's Maria and Anastasia: The Youngest Romanov Grand Duchesses in their Own Words, in which she compiles the two sisters' letters and diaries. For more information about Azar's amazing books (reading primary sources is so much fun!!) check out https://www.theromanovfamily.com.
I can’t believe that I’m going to Bath, so here’s my thoughts the day before- I haven’t packed, I recount my Wilmington adventure with only a little bad language, and I talk about what I’m looking forward to!
I try and recap my day at the Met, my love of rooms and gelato, and my workout regimen with a background of car noises, wind, and birds. For my blog posts, click on this link— http://honorsfellows.blogs.wm.edu/author/tepayer/