Archives for the ‘history’ Category

On Mondays We Catalogue – Winterthur Week 4

By • Jun 22nd, 2017 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

Life is full of many seemingly unanswerable questions. Mysteries so vast, so expansive, and so seemingly all-encompassing that figuring out how to find their answers seems impossible. Luckily, my time at Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library has lead to some knowledge about one of those big life mysteries. While I cannot tell you about the […]

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Light – Conserve, Preserve, Observe Part 2

By • Jun 14th, 2017 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

As promised, here is some more information about the role light plays in conservation, courtesy of Winterthur’s Lighting Specialist Mack Truax. Part of preventative conservation includes controlling light levels of display areas in order to regulate the amount of damage that occurs to objects. Light damage is cumulative and irreversible, and affects different materials in […]

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Conserve, Preserve, Observe – Winterthur Week 2

By • Jun 9th, 2017 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

I’m about to wrap up my second week interning with the Curatorial Department at Winterthur Museum, Gardens, and Library. The days have been incredibly varied – one day I uploaded multimedia files to Winterthur’s database so anyone can visually see print works in Winterthur’s collection, another day I helped the Registration Department transport boxes of […]

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Welcome to Winterthur

By • Jun 5th, 2017 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

About me: Although I grew up in the Delaware-Pennsylvania area, this summer is the first time I ever visited Winterthur Museum, Gardens, and Library. For the next ten weeks, I will be tucked away at a desk on the sixth floor in a room full of quirky decorative curiosities, learning from Winterthur’s curatorial department. I […]

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In the Trenches

By • Jul 13th, 2016 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

A majority of the locations I’ve visited in Europe have had a museum, statue, plaque, or some component of written information from which I gather data. Embracing the interdisciplinary nature of my research, however, I have recently ventured into an abbreviated form of historical archaeology in which I got down and dirty with my marines […]



Brexit Update

By • Jul 4th, 2016 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

  Saturday morning, I awoke to thousands of pro-EU “remain” protesters demonstrating in the plaza outside my dorm. As a history lover, living on Trafalgar Square while the Brexit drama unfolds has been an unparalleled experience. It feels like I’ve fallen into a BBC documentary.   I’ve been collecting stories from everyone willing to share, […]



The Simple Truth is Truth Resists Simplicity (And So Does Research)

By • Apr 20th, 2016 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

I had already put in a good deal of legwork on my project (refresher: “On the Warpath: In the Footsteps of the American Combat Infantry in the World Wars”) before it was approved. I already had a file folder with letters from around fifty Marines from which I could pull for World War I. As […]



On the Warpath

By • Apr 15th, 2016 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

It was a dark and stormy night. Well, as a matter of fact, it was a mostly cloudy early afternoon in February when I walked into the Tourist Information office in the small town of Combe Martin in North Devon, England. It did turn out to be pretty dramatic, though. As I looked for a […]



Abstract: The Rise of Oral Histories

By • Apr 11th, 2016 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

Hello, my name is Mason Davis. I’m currently a Junior at William and Mary and am majoring in History. This summer I will be conducting research in order to answer the question “What caused oral histories to increase in number and use from 1930 to present?” A quick explanation of oral histories. Oral histories are […]



The End is Near!

By • Apr 1st, 2016 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

Hello again! March has been a crazy month for me! I had my ankle surgery at the end of February, so the first two weeks of March were spent recovering- aka filled with pain meds, bad tv and not even a little bit of schoolwork. Luckily I had finished a large chunk of my attempt…
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