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77 E. Main St.Newark, DE 19716<div class="ExternalClassF0310BC320914A829244F15ECA4201FF"><p>​Ritchie Garrison teaches courses in material culture, decorative arts, and US history. He has authored <em>Landscape and Material Life in Franklin County, Massachusetts, 1771-1860</em>, <em>American Material Culture: The Shape of the Field </em>(coedited with Ann Smart Martin), and <em>After Ratification: Material Life in Delaware, 1789-1820</em>, (coedited with Bernard L. Herman and Barbara McLean Ward), and <em>Two Carpenters: Architecture and Building in Early New England</em>. The latter won the Vernacular Architecture Forum’s 2007 Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize for the best book on North American Vernacular Architecture and the Historic New England 2007 Book Prize. Other research projects include: a study of outbuilding patterns the early Republic, research on the early warehouses and commercial structures in the early port cities of the Atlantic World, the development of center tables in 19th century America, and an edited edition of two Civil War diaries kept by officers in the Massachusetts 54th and 55th Colored Regiments.</p></div><div class="ExternalClass963B00D5C879487998949E44EF3BC7D1"><h4>Books:</h4><ul><li><em>Two Carpenters: Architecture and Building in Early New England/<em> (University of Tennessee Press, 2006).</em></em></li><em><em><li><em>Landscape and Material Life in Franklin County, Massachusetts, 1771-1860</em> (University of Tennessee Press, 2003).</li></em></em></ul><em><em><h4>Edited Volumes</h4><ul><li><em>American Material Culture: The Shape of the Field</em> Coedited with Ann Smart Martin (Winterthur Museum, 1997).</li><li><em>After Ratification: Material Life in Delaware, 1789-1820</em> Coedited with Bernard L. Herman and Barbara McLean Ward (University of Delaware Museum Studies, 1989).</li></ul></em></em></div>Publicationsjrg@udel.eduGarrison, J. Ritchie302-831-2678<img alt="Professor Ritchie Garrison" src="/Images%20Bios/faculty/Garrison_Richie.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Professor Emeritus of History



Two Carpenters: Architecture and Building in Early New EnglandGarrison, J. RitchieUniversity of Tennessee Press2006<p>This innovative study examines the lives of two New England carpenters, Calvin and George Stearns, who were active in the first half of the nineteenth century. Drawing on their written accounts and examining their legacy of buildings—a record as extensive and richly detailed as any that exists—J. Ritchie Garrison recovers the stylistic influences, family patterns, work habits, social customs, tools, and business practices that shaped the Stearnses’ identities as rural builders during a time of profound change.</p><p>Although study of the region’s architectural forms began in the late nineteenth century and social historians have extensively discussed the emergence of rural capitalism in New England, there is still much to learn about the process by which these landscapes and buildings came into being. As Garrison shows, the Stearnses personified the dynamic interrelationships of city and country, and of industry and farming, as they filtered change through the actions of everyday living. Profusely illustrated with drawings and photographs, the book follows the Stearnses as they moved from newly settled towns on New England’s northern frontier, to federal-era Boston, the agricultural village of Northfield, Massachusetts, and the resort community of Brattleboro, Vermont.</p><p>By tracing the lives and careers of these two carpenters, Garrison provokes readers to consider why things look the way they do, how they got that way, and what they mean. J. Ritchie Garrison is director of the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture and professor of history at the University of Delaware. His is the author of <em>Landscape and Material Life in Franklin County, Massachusetts, 1770–1860</em>.</p>
Landscape and Material Life in Franklin County, Massachusetts, 1771-1860Garrison, J. RitchieUniversity of Tennessee Press2003<p>This innovative study draws on anthropology, archaeology, art history, folklore, and history to illuminate the rich texture of a historic landscape and the complex process by which it changed over a ninety-year period between the American Revolution and the Civil War. Focusing on Franklin County in the upper Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts, a landscape that shares many characteristics with greater New England and with the rural North, Garrison describes the region’s town plans, agricultural patterns, dwellings, barns, outbuildings, fences, and transportation networks–and how they changed. He demonstrates that the transformation of this rural landscape was a dynamic process, a complex interaction between tradition and innovation, driven by people’s shifting expectations about material life.</p><p>Garrison’s carefully researched, narrative study begins with the lives of individual inhabitants and from them generates a larger picture. Who lived in Franklin County, what they thought and wrote about, what choices they made and what principles they lived by, what buildings and crops they raised and with what tools and methods, how they organized their homes, family life, farms, and workspaces, what they did with their leisure time, how they spent their money or manifested their social status–these are the topics of his investigation. His study provides insight into the changing values that accompanied the transition from an agrarian to an industrial society and raises questions about the nature of tradition and the character of American “folklife.”</p>

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