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
Professor of Art History at SSC Dr. Johnston is a
nationally recognized scholar of American
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.
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.
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.
Theodore 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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.