Keeping in Touch! Communication and Correspondence in Early America,
1750-1860 - Without cell phones, telephones or e-mail, how did early Americans
maintain long distance contacts? Exploring the "no tech" ways people managed to
send messages, keep abreast of the latest news, conduct business, and maintain
connections with distant family and friends are the topics of an upcoming
symposium sponsored by the Fairfax County Park Authority and the Department
of History at George Mason University. The program will be presented on
Friday, March 30, 2001, at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
Actress Kathy Foit Sewell (Ad Lib Productions) portrays an 18th century
postmistress, Jeffrey L. Brodie (National Postal Museum) surveys the growth of
America's postal system, John Michael Vlach (George Washington University)
explores the narrative messages in quilts, Leigh Ryan (University of Maryland)
looks at the conventions of letter writing, and Tara Gleason (Winterthur Museum)
investigates the tools and material culture of written communication. Tabletop
demonstrations and exhibits of quill pen making and writing, papermaking, letter
sealing, antique writing equipment and other related interpretive activities will accompany the program.
Registrations must be postmarked by March 16, 2001. The registration fee of $50.00 covers all sessions of the symposium, parking and lunch.
For information and registration forms write to the Collections Manager at the address below.
Collections Manager, Fairfax County Park Authority
12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 927
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
phone (703) 631-1429 or (703) 708-0861
fax (703) 631-8319 or
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