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Entertainments at Taverns and Long Rooms in New England, 1700-1900

Entertainments at Taverns and Long Rooms in New England, 1700–1900 is a one-day conference of nine lectures on the amusements, traveling exhibitions, and beverage-making traditions that characterized American taverns in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Beginning with a major update on the variance between refined and popular culture, the program moves to new studies on magic lanternists, sleight-of-hand artists, and waxwork proprietors, followed by an analysis of drinking “Punch,” the principal social beverage of alehouses. Afternoon sessions include a talk on the nearby Barnard Tavern and presentations on the role of social dances and on phrenology sideshows. The program concludes with a talk on taverns in Charleston, South Carolina. A complimentary tour of the recently completed Barnard Tavern will be available on Friday afternoon. Books on tavern entertainers and other publications by conference speakers will be available for purchase; selected papers from this conference will be published by the Dublin Seminar.

Registration for the seminar is $90, $45 for students.

View the seminar schedule and registration information (PDF).



Earlier Event: June 16
Father's Day