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Deerfield-Wellesley Symposium 2019: New England Travels

A one-day symposium sponsored by Historic Deerfield and the Grace Slack McNeil Program for Studies in American Art at Wellesley College.

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Deerfield Community Center, Free

As early as the 18th century, Americans were a population on the move despite the hardships, expense, and logistical challenges of long-distance travel. New Englanders seemed especially prone to journey far from their homes as they succumbed to what a 19th-century observer described as “the general principal of Yankee roam-all-over-the-world-itiveness.” This day-long symposium explores New Englanders and travel within and outside New England from 1700-1950, including travel customs, fashion, technology, tourism, and regional identity.

The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Deerfield Community Center from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. A lunch will be available for purchase. For a downloadable flyer and registration form, click here. Register online using the button below.


8:30 – 9 a.m. Registration and refreshments

9 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome

9:15-10:30 a.m. Panel #1 New England Tourism

Lesley Herzberg, “For Purple Mountain Majesties: Franconia Notch in Romantic Literature and Landscape”

Will B. Macintosh, “New England Travel Entrepreneurs and the Commodification of Leisure Experiences, 1820-1860”

Joan Wry, “Skimeister Trains and the Material Culture of Weekend Ski Travel”

10:30-11 a.m. Break

11 a.m.–12 p.m. Panel #2: New Englanders Abroad

Carrie Knight, “’Visited all the Family’: The Travelling Ministry of Susan Howland, 1858”

Lou Ratté, “Melville, Museums, and Modernity: New Englanders in New Zealand and the Pacific”

12 – 2 p.m. Lunch

2– 3 p.m. Panel # 3: New England Travel and Regional Identity

William Hosley, “Cultural Nationalism for a New Republic: Decoding Timothy Dwight’s Travels”

John Busch, “Steaming Yankees: Introducing the First High Technology into New England”

Heather Harrington, “He Knew He Was Right: Epaphras Hoyt Travels to Saratoga and Lake George

Battlefields, 1818-1840”

3 – 3:15 p.m. Break

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Panel #4: New England Travel Therapy

Carolyn Eastman, “A Cure for Melancholy: Travel as Treatment for Suffering New Englanders”

Pamela Sweetser, “‘The Great Raid’: Rusticating in Aroostook County, Maine, 1873”

4:30 – 4:45 p.m. Closing Remarks

4:45 – 5 p.m. Farewell refreshments