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1 Architecture and Rural Life in Central Delaware, 1700–1900

296 pages, Illustrations, paperback / softcover, University of Tennessee Press

About Author
Bernard L. Herman teaches at the University of Delaware, where is a professor of art history and senior research fellow at the Center for Historic Architecture and Design. Among his many publications are Everyday Architecture of the Mid-Atlantic: Looking at Buildings and Landscapes (co-author with Gabrielle M. Lanier) and Historical Architectural and the Study of American Culture (co-editor with Lu Ann De Cunzo).

"A pioneering account of mid-Atlantic folk architecture and of the nineteenth-century transformation of traditional agriculture. . . . A major study of American vernacular architecture."—Dell Upton, University of California, Berkeley

"Bernard L. Herman has provided us with a model study in the interdisciplinary interpretation of a common landscape."—Robert Blair St. George, Journal of American Folklore

"An impressive study that adds an important dimension to our understanding of the built environment."—Clifford E. Clark Jr., American Historical Review

"A wide range of reader expectations will be met by this book. Herman provides a focused community study as well as an interpretation of vernacular architecture in the Mid-Atlantic region."—John Michael Vlach, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

"Scholars will be impressed by Herman's ability to marshal different kinds of evidence to buttress his contention that architecture reveals not just how people materially ordered their lives but helped 'to create and maintain order, to project images of self and community, and to control meaning in social discourse.'"—Choice
Price: 28.00 USD

The Tools that Built America, Alex W. Bealer

2 The Tools that Built America
Alex W. Bealer
224 pages, 6 x 9, paperback, Dover Publications
Great appeal for woodworkers at all levels of expertise
Over 200 drawings and photographs of early hand tools
Must reading for lovers of antique tools and enthusiasts of Americana
This is the fascinating story of early American woodworking, as told by a master craftsman. Author Alex Bealer enthusiastically describes and clearly illustrates a wide array of implements used by frontiersmen, among them various kinds of axes, saws, planes, hammers, and the adze. Such delicate tools as calipers, bevels, and lathes employed by the cabinetmaker and furnituremaker are characterized and portrayed as well. All are shown as they were actually used in colonial times and as they are still employed by many woodworkers.
Unabridged republication of the work originally published by Barre Publishing, Barre, Massachusetts, 1976.
Price: 11.95 USD

Houses and Homes: Exploring Their History, Barbara Howe, (West Virginia University), Dolores Fleming, (West Virginia University), Emory Kemp, (West Virginia University), and Ruth Ann Overbeck

3 Houses and Homes: Exploring Their History
Barbara Howe, (West Virginia University), Dolores Fleming, (West Virginia University), Emory Kemp, (West Virginia University), and Ruth Ann Overbeck
168 pages, paperback, AltaMira Press
This volume in the Nearby History series helps the reader document the history of a home. The reader will learn to examine written records, oral testimonies, visual sources, and the house's surroundings. The author covers American housing patterns, the individual characteristics of houses in different regions, construction techniques and materials, household technology, and family life styles.
Houses and Homes is Volume 2 in The Nearby History Series.
Price: 24.95 USD



4 CD: Catalog of the Measured Drawings and Photographs of the Survey in the Library of Congress, March 1, 1941
Historic American Buildings Survey National Park Service
(1941), 2006, CD, Graphic Images, Searchable, Adobe Acrobat, v6, PC and Mac, 478 pp, Heritage Books
The Historic American Buildings Survey aims at the creation of a permanent graphic record of the existing architectural remains of early dwellers in this country. The historical value of such a record is self-evident, the urgent need for it at the present time scarcely less so. For aside from the constant toll of fire and decay, the constant environmental changes of our rapidly developing civilization swiftly and inevitably wipe out the records of our past. Throughout the country scores of significant landmarks are annually being destroyed. The Survey has no power to arrest this destruction, but by making full and accurate records it can make possible a mental or material reconstruction for the present and future generations. "In the present catalog…an indication of the type, material and period of each structure has been introduced, and where attributions exist, the names of architects have been added to the index." The survey is arranged alphabetically by state and the landmarks are listed alphabetically under each state. Numerous drawing and photographs accompany the text.
Price: 15.95 USD

Clues To American Architecture, Marilyn W. Klein, David P. Fogle; illustrated by Wolcott B. Etienne.

5 Clues To American Architecture
Marilyn W. Klein, David P. Fogle; illustrated by Wolcott B. Etienne.
63 pages, 5 x 7, Notes, Bibliography, paperback, Starrhill Press

Price: 8.95 USD

Families and Farmhouses in Nineteenth-Century America: Vernacular Design and Social Change, Sally McMurry

6 Families and Farmhouses in Nineteenth-Century America: Vernacular Design and Social Change
Sally McMurry
With a New Introduction, 1997 280 pp., Illustrations , paperback / softcover, University of Tennessee Press
An era of great agricultural expansion in America, the nineteenth century witnessed the development of capitalist method, technological innovation, scientific experimentation, and the reorganization of social and family life-changes that were reflected in, and even accelerated by, striking transformations in the vernacular landscape. In this fascinating interdisciplinary study, Sally McMurry examines one arena of domestic change-the design of northern rural farmhouses-as an index of America's shift from an agrarian society to an urban, industrial nation.
Drawing on myriad sources, from diaries and farm handbooks to plans published in agricultural journals to the buildings themselves, McMurry shows how the farmhouse of the 1830s and 1840s-a social and conceptual whole that integrated work, family, and leisure space-gave way to a collection of rooms that filtered people by age, class, and sex, as well as by type of activity. Kitchens became isolated; rooms for farmhands were segregated or eliminated; separate bedrooms were assigned to children and adolescents. At the same time, the formal parlor-often seen as a symbol of economic waste and idleness-was abandoned in favor of the open, multipurpose sitting room, an attempt to maintain distinctly rural patterns of social life.
A unique work that will interest a wide range of readers, Families and Farmhouses in Nineteenth-Century America shows how progressive farm families adapted to industrialization, urbanization, the consolidation of capitalist agriculture, and the rise of a new consumer society. For this paperback edition, McMurry has written a new introduction that summarizes the scholarship done in the field since the book's initial publication in 1988.

About Author
Sally McMurry is associate professor of history at Pennsylvania State University. She is also the author of Transforming Rural Life: Dairying Families and Agricultural Change, 1820–1885

"A major contribution to the growing literature on the Victorian-era American countryside. . . . [This book] broadens our comprehension of the rural world and historically enfranchises individuals whose contributions still ennoble that world." —Bernard L. Herman, Winterthur Portfolio
Price: 24.95 USD


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