Virtual “Newlin Series” Talks

August 8, 2021 @ 3:00 PM

Nicholas Newlin Foundation
219 S. Cheyney Road
Glen Mills, PA 19342
610-459-2359 |

Virtual “Newlin Series” Talks To Be Offered
Each year, Newlin Grist Mill hosts a series of presentations that explore different
aspects of the site’s unique historical and environmental resources, bringing in a slate of
outside speakers with a wide range of expertise. The 2021 Newlin Series focuses on the history of women
and work and will be presented virtually via Zoom.

The first presentation in the series will take place on Sunday, August 8th at 3 pm. In “‘The Power of the Sun Was Extremely Apparent’: Washing in the 18th Century,” teacher and historian Anna Elizabeth Kiefer will address a few of these public history
myths about laundry and personal cleanliness in Britain, and, by extension, the American colonies. Drawing from current scholarship, multiple primary
source documents from both England and the colonies, and her own experiential archaeology,
Kiefer will walk attendees through the importance and process of the 18th century wash.

Other scheduled presentations in the 2021 Newlin Series are:
“Making Sense of Women’s Textile Work in the Long 18th Century,” Thursday, October 14th at 7pm
In this lecture, scholars Emily Whitted and Eliza West share their expertise in women’s textile work in early
America. Both expert craftspeople in their own right, West and Whitted will intertwine the stories of stitchers,
knitters, and spinners found in the history books with their own hands-on knowledge of fiber and craft. This talk
will explore not only the different types of textile work which women performed, but also the blurred lines
between domestic and professional labor.

“Chefs & Slaves: The Cooks in Jefferson’s Kitchens,” Thursday, October 21st at 7pm
Three generations of enslaved cooks prepared the meals in Jefferson’s kitchens. All except one were French
trained, either in France itself, or by French chefs. No wonder the meals at Monticello are still famous today
after 200 years. In this talk by historian Leni Sorensen, attendees will learn the names and stories of these
chefs and spend some time in their kitchens to see the skills and technologies they used to produce meals
“half-French half-Virginian.”

“Making Ends Meet: Working Women in the 18th Century,” Sunday, November 14th at 3pm
This program will be a discussion focused on women in industry in the 18th and early 19th centuries by
Presenter Anna Elizabeth Kiefer. Photo credit: Buddy Secor for the American Battlefield Trust.

Amanda Doggett, Apprentice Joiner at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, Virginia. She will
also cover challenges facing women in traditional industries today, as well as the difficulties of researching
women’s history in general.

Sponsored by Team Toyota of Glen Mills, the 2021 Newlin Series programs are free, but pre-registration is
required. Registration links and more information are available at
About the Nicholas Newlin Foundation





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