Our Own Snug Fireside by Jane C. Nylander
Images of the New England Home, 1760-1860

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This charming book portrays domestic life in New England during the century between the American Revolution and the Civil War. Drawing on diaries, letters, wills, newspapers, and other sources, Jane C. Nylander provides intimate details about preparing dinner, spinning and weaving textiles, washing and ironing laundry, planning a social outing, and exchanging food and services. Probing behind the many myths that have grown up about this era, Nylander reveals the complex reality of everyday life in old New England.

 

About Jane C. Nylander

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JANE C. NYLANDER is Director of Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. During her career, she's been a consultant to and president of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities in Boston; has taught at the University of New Hampshire, Boston University, and New England College; and has been curator of textiles and ceramics at Old Sturbridge Village. RICHARD C. NYLANDER is Chief Curator and Director of Collections for the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities in Boston. In 1990, he was appointed by President George H. W. Bush and, in 2002, was reappointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the Committee for the Preservation of the White House.
 
Published May 15, 2013 by Knopf. 317 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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The family ``unit'' in pre-Civil War America, Nylander explains, included nonnuclear members as well as boarders, hired help, and, frequently, young married couples preparing to create a household of their own--with daily routines consisting not only of meal preparation and house cleaning but als...

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The ideal New England home, as perceived in the late 19th century, was warm, welcoming and comfortable, a hive of hard work and frugality, a stable haven from the rapidly changing world outside.

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162 period illustrations enliven this useful and intimate study of New England domestic life.

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