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Lecture Series - Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks

Men and women 150 years ago grappled with information overload by making scrapbooks – the ancestors of Google and blogging. From Abraham Lincoln to Susan B. Anthony, African American janitors to farmwomen, abolitionists to Confederates, people cut out and pasted down their readings. In scrapbooks, 19th-century readers spoke back to the media. African Americans and women’s rights activists collected, concentrated, and critiqued accounts from a press that they did not control to create “unwritten histories” in books they wrote with scissors. In this session, participants will explore how men and women created their own democratic archives, especially during the battle for suffrage, with Ellen Gruber Garvey, Ph.D. Participants are invited to bring scrapbooks 50 years old or older, to examine and discuss.

Reservations are required as seating is limited. 

March 29th, 1:00 PM, Hamilton House Museum in Clifton

Admission: Free 

Presented By: Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders and City of Clifton

Funded By: New Jersey Council for the Humanities

*Please keep in mind that participants will not be making their own scrapbooks in this session.*