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The institute will draw on the many talents of Salem State College faculty, Peabody Essex Museum curators, and other experts in their fields. 

The institute director is Patricia Johnston, Professor of Art History at SSC Dr. Johnston is a nationally recognized scholar of patAmerican art and its wider visual culture.  For the past several years her research has focused on art and material culture in Salem.  She was the co-director of NEH Landmarks of American History on Salem in the early republic.   Her forthcoming book, Seeing High and Low: Representing Social Change in American Visual Culture (University of California Press) examines how ideas of high and low art evolved from the late eighteenth to the twentieth century.  Her first book, Real Fantasies: Edward Steichen's Advertising Photography (University of California Press), won three book awards for its examination of the relationship between fine art and commercial photography.

tadThe institute will begin by examining the archeology of the early New England inhabitants of colonial New England.  No one is better able to introduce institute participants to colonial Salem than Emerson Woods Baker II, Chair of the SSC History Department. Dr. Baker served as a consultant to the PBS series Colonial House and oversees the Cadbourne Archaeology Project in Maine.  He also  excavated the Balch House in Beverly, Massachusetts.
tedTheodore S. Pikora, will guide participants through the development of Salem by mapping the town development and changing coastline. Professor Emeritus of Geography at SSC, Dr. Pikora has been involved in research (as part of grants from the city and the National Park Service) assessing Salem's decline in retailing and the new age of tourism. Dr. Pikora edited, with Steven Young, An Introduction to Boston and New England: Images and Encounters for the National Council for Geographic Education.
Dane Morrison will introduce the next topic, The Visual Culture of the Sea; Ships, Wharves, Cargo, speaking about Salem’s key role in maritime trade. Dr. Morrison, Professor of History at SSC, co-edited Salem: Place, Myth, and Memory, has published numerous works on New England Native Americans, and is currently completing a book on Salem's seafaring history, international trade routes, and the ties established with cultures around the globe.
Gayle V. Fischer will examine the visual culture of clothing and wigs in colonial New England. Dr. Fischer, Associate Professor of History at SSC, was co-director of the 2004 NEH Landmarks of American History workshops in Salem.  She has published and given presentations on nineteenth-century gender history, clothing history, and the history of education, particularly the Normal School Movement of the nineteenth century.  Her first book, Pantaloons and Power (Kent State University Press) examines dress reform.

Kimberly Alexander will walk participants through 17th century Salem, stopping at the John Ward House, House of Seven Gables and the Derby Street Waterfront District.  Dr. Alexander is currently teaching within the History Department and American Studies Program at SSC.  She was the founding curator of architecture and design at the MIT Museum, a position she held for ten years.  She went on to serve as Curator of Architecture and Design at the Peabody Essex Museum where she oversaw the preservation and interpretation of 25 historic buildings dating from 1684 through the early 1900s. 

Three prominent scholars will be guest speakers for the institute, Jeffery Bolster, Robert Gross and Jeannine Falino.  Jeffrey Bolster will speak on African-American mariners in New England and the wider world, drawing on the information in his book Black Jacks:  African American Seamen in the Age of Sail.  Dr. Bolster is currently an Associate Professor of History at University of New Hampshire.  He has ten years of sea experience as a Licensed Master Mariner, and has consulted on 8 history films and television productions including PBS and Discovery. 
Robert Gross, a well known scholar of the history of books, will introduce institute participants to the production and use of books in the colonial period.  At the University of Connecticut Professor Gross is currently the James L. and Shirley A. Draper Professor of Early American History.  He is perhaps best known for his first book The Minutemen and their World.  A former curator at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Jeannine Falino will speak on the aesthetics and style of colonial silver and other metals, and take the group through the silver collections at the Museum of Fine Arts.  She will also present a workshop on colonial furniture, materials, techniques, and styles.

Peabody Essex Museum curators and educators will lead gallery discussions of significant works in the museum's collections.  Ray Williams, PEM Director of Education, will give a presentation on using material culture and museum collections in teaching and suggest ways participants might facilitate working relationships with their local museums.  Melissa Kershaw, PEM Director of School Programs, will introduce participants to the museum and lead tours of historic homes and domestic interiors.  Assistant Curator of Native American Art, Karen Kramer, will discuss the most significant Native American objects in the collection.  She has worked with the collection since 1995 and has coordinated numerous exhibitions for the Smithsonian Institution. Dean Lahikainen, Curator of American Decorative Arts will speak on the furniture in the collection.  He has written on Salem furniture, portraits, and silver, and has mounted a number of exhibitions including "Worlds Revealed: The Dawn of Japanese and American Exchange."  Sam Scott, Associate Curator of Maritime Art will speak on paintings of the sea.  Curator of Textiles and Costume, Paula Bradstreet Richter, author of Painted with Thread: The Art of American Embroidery will lead a discussion on colonial dress and textiles in Salem. 

The institute faculty also include a number of people who will lead discussions about creative pedagogy and teaching with material culture.  Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello holds a Ph.D. in American and New England Studies and is an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Salem State College.  As the former Director of Salem in History (a Teaching American History grant project) she developed methods and models for integrating a wide range of primary source material (texts, visual culture, decorative arts and literature) into K-12 classrooms.
Brad Austin will focus on teaching with architecture and material culture.  Dr. Austin, Assistant Professor of History at SSC, was co-director of the 2005 NEH Landmarks of American History workshops in Salem.  He has published and given numerous presentations on American social and cultural history, particularly the history of education and popular recreation.  His research and teaching interests also include African-American history and local history.  He currently serves on the Teaching Prize Committee of the American Historical Association.

Michelle Pierce, Assistant Professor of Education at SSC, will introduce Salem-themed literature intended for young audiences.  Dr. Pierce's research focuses on reading, language, writing, and teaching strategies.  J. D. Scrimgeour, Director of the Creative Writing Program at SSC, will encourage teachers to break away from the traditional research paper and employ creative uses of poetry and prose.

Master Teacher Dr. Jeffrey R. Ryan is exceptionally well qualified for his role.  Dr. Ryan (Ph.D. in American and Eastern European History) teaches Honors United States History and Advanced Placement European History at Reading Memorial High School in Reading, Massachusetts.  He was selected as the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year in 2003, and has been awarded a number of others honors.