Call for Articles: “The Work of Play”
The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts (METC) in Madison, New Jersey is currently planning its spring/summer 2013 exhibit tentatively titled “The Work of Play.” The exhibit is set to focus on the relationship between leisure activities and the trades they helped to support. The five main areas or themes include Toys & Games, Print Culture, Music, Taverns and Fashion. We are looking for articles to include in the accompanying catalog for this exhibit.
Possible Topic Include:
-Early Children’s Board Games
-Children’s Material Culture with a focus on toys and games
-Games played by adults
-American Literature through the Early National Period
-Different uses of music by class, religious sect, geographic region etc.
-Development of American musical instrument manufacturers
-How changes in fashion affected the working classes
-Changing role of the tavern
The METC’s mission is to preserve and educate the public concerning the lives of trades and craftsmen from the colonial period through the nineteenth century with an emphasis on events and personalities in New Jersey. With an extensive collection that includes a variety of nineteenth century children’s games, musical instrument makers’ tools, archival material and more, we are able to offer visitors a variety of interpretations for life in New Jersey prior to the second industrial revolution.
To submit please send an abstract, of no more than 500 words to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 1, 2012.
Final selections will be made by the end of October. Articles will be due January 11, 2013. Articles should be approximately 15-20 pages.
Siobhan R. Fitzpatrick
Curator of Collections and Exhibits
Museum of Early Trades and Crafts
9 Main Street
Madison, NJ 07940
Phone: 973-377-2982 ext.13
Fax: 973-377-7358 Email: email@example.com
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