January 21, 2019
Put Your Money Where Your Friends Are: Finance and Loyalty in a Nineteenth-century Du Pont Shareholder Report
How do people think about what they do with and for money? I came to the Hagley Library twice to research this fascinating pecuniary question. I examined documents full of clues about outlooks on economic and financial matters.
May 21, 2018
Seeing the Whole Train Station
In the nineteenth century, where a train stopped was as important as where it went. My dissertation focuses not on the long lines that bound the continent together, but the large urban train stations that spread over acres of American cities in the late 1800s.
April 23, 2018
From Buildings to Coffins: Uncovering the Hidden History of Concrete
Concrete—a medium created by mixing cement, aggregate and water—is the second most consumed material after water. It is also one of the most common materials in our daily lives. But, by and large, we take concrete for granted. I came to Hagley on a