• Museums

    (Heritage) Home for the Holidays

    Eldon House Pt. 2 In continuing my meditation on Eldon House and why I’m intrigued by the programming possibilities of Heritage Homes, Danielle and I have had the opportunity to observe and partake in the museum’s fall and (early) winter activities. Within Eldon House’s mandate, all events, programming and activities are limited to the Harris Family. This sounds restrictive, however this mandate encompasses a lot of flexibility. In the spring and summer, Eldon House hosts garden and tea parties, which were events the family held during the 125 years of living in the home. Eldon celebrates Christmas and decorates the…

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  • History,  Museums

    Let’s talk about Eldon House

    Today, lets discuss heritage house museums and my experience working with Eldon House’s events. I can understand anyone who doesn’t enjoy or who criticizes heritage homes. These museums are yet another public display commemorating wealthy, white men and their families.…

  • Textiles

    New to me: learning the art of rug hooking

    Material and visual culture as a craft and as a history is something I’ve only developed an interest for in the last few years. Prior to that, anything like sewing, crocheting and knitting reminded me of my mother- which even…

  • Food History

    An introduction, but through food

      I don’t come from a family of cooks, rather a family of bakers.   My maternal grandmother, a fiercely strong, catholic, educated woman was raised in the Great Depression and raised her own family in the 60’s. I don’t…