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Lecture: The 'Stuff’ of History: The Material Culture of a Milton Founding Family
Jun.13.2012 -
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This year, Milton is celebrating its 350th Anniversary. In conjunction with the "sesquarcentennial," the Wakefield Estate is organizing a lecture series that will highlight the estate's history and its occupants over the past 300 years, looking at the evolution of one Milton family as a microcosm of the history of Milton. The lectures will be based on the research and discovery that has taken place at the estate over the past five years, and will include a display of material culture including rare books, documents, art, and unearthed artifacts from archaeological investigations.


The final lecture in the series will be given by Valary Kinkaid and Rachel Salmond and is entitled, "The Stuff of History: The Material Culture of a Milton Founding Family". This lecture will will discuss and display items collected by the families who have occupied the Wakefield Estate for the past 250 years.


Summary:  This lecture will look at items collected and owned by the families who have occupied what has become known as the Wakefield Estate for the past 250 years.  As a type of "Histories Mysteries" tour of the inhabitants of the Wakefield Estate, Ms. Kinkade and Ms. Salmond will explore what information we can gain by exploring the objects – books, art, furniture, personal items – people own and collect.


Valarie Kinkade is the Owner of Museum and Collector Resource, a consulting firm that provides curatorial and collections management services to museums and private collectors nation wide.  Ms. Kinkade holds a Masters in Archaeology from Yale University and a Certificate in Collections Care from the Campbell Center for Preservation Studies.
Rachel Salmond is a librarian and bibliographer with extensive experience in managing collections of early printed books. She has published a study of the transfer of printing technology in the mid-19th century to Britain's furthest-flung colonies as a propaganda tool for colonial administrators. Recently she has been listing approximately 4500 books that the Wakefield Estate families accumulated over 250 years.

For more information on the series, please call 617-333-0924.

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