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Feb. 19th, 2007 @ 10:58 pm What?
My geek worlds collided tonight! At guild we had a historian come in to discuss home textile production (spinning, weaving and knitting) and it's impact on the Acadian home in the 19th century. She touched on such influences as the logging industry (seasonal, huge demand for underwear, socks, mitts), catalog shopping and transportation innovations. I'm not sure how many of the guild enjoyed the talk (looking around the room, I realized maybe everyone doesn't enjoy the thought of digging through 500,000 pages of census information!) but I am now itching to head back to the school library and the microfiche!

I have decided not to attend the workshops Lucy Neatby will be holding for the guild in Ottawa this April, the timing is just bad.
Who does she think she is?
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Date:February 22nd, 2007 12:51 am (UTC)
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Actually it sounds really fascinating from an economic standpoint too! What an interesting area of study.
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Date:February 22nd, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC)
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It was awesome, going through the ads for dry goods stores, looking to trade store credit for dozens of pairs on knit socks. Diaries where women talk about how they manage to stretch out the household budget, either by bartering or hiring out.

Two of my history profs specialized in the undocumented contributions of women in the household economy, and it naturally piques my interest too. I love social history, even if it means wading through thousands of census records, they entertain me.
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