Spring 2009

Material Culture of American Homes

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-33  |  History, as HIST-37


Kevin M. Sweeney (Section 01)


(USP) (Also Art 33.) Using architecture, artifacts, visual evidence and documentary sources, the course examines social and cultural forces affecting the design and use of domestic architecture, home furnishings, and domestic technology in the eastern United States from 1600 to 1960. In addition to providing a survey of American domestic architecture, the course provides an introduction to the study of American material culture. Field trips to Historic Deerfield, Old Sturbridge Village, Hartford, Connecticut, and sites in Amherst form an integral part of the course. Two class meetings per week. Limited to 25 students. Spring semester. Professor Sweeney.