Where We Lived: Discovering the Places We Once Called Home

Where We Lived: Discovering the Places We Once Called Home

by Jack Larkin, National Trust for Historic Preservation
     
 

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The past has left behind only scattered clues that, on their own, provide little insight into how the people of early America lived and the details of their daily lives. The photographs in this book, the deeply informed narrative that accompanies them, and the eyewitness accounts of daily life that the author weaves throughout, provide a fresh perspective on our

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The past has left behind only scattered clues that, on their own, provide little insight into how the people of early America lived and the details of their daily lives. The photographs in this book, the deeply informed narrative that accompanies them, and the eyewitness accounts of daily life that the author weaves throughout, provide a fresh perspective on our early American ancestors and the places they called home. This book is about how their houses and their life in them, from the wealthy to the impoverished, from New York City to the small farms and plantations of the South, from coastal fishing towns to the Western frontier of Indiana and Kentucky. The stories focus on the remarkably vivid differences from one part of the country to the next, class and culture, and the realities of everyday life for American families. These stories twine around a wide selection of HABS photographs of early houses, covering the variety and evolutions of house styles — not by labeling the style but by explaining the style in the context of everyday life.
Richly illustrated with handsome black-and-white photography of old houses from the Library of Congress Historic American Building Survey (HABS) collection and supplemented with period woodcuts, engravings, drawings, paintings, artifacts, and maps, the book is printed on a 4-color press for a depth of tone. Sidebar excerpts from diaries, journals, and letters inject graphic eyewitness descriptions, adding an additional layer of insight. The book also includes sidebars called Still Standing that traces the history of specific houses, from their origins to the present and includes information on the original family, how the house has evolvedover the centuries, and how it's used today.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"In his new book, Larkin revisits the architecture of America from 1775 to 1840 and finds the values and dreams of the young republic recorded in wood and stone. Illustrated with amazing photographs from the Library of Congress Historic American Building Survey, the book opens a window on a time before indoor plumbing and electricity, discovering that the good old days, in some ways, were pretty good after all, despite physical hardships." —Kevin Markey, USA Weekend

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561588473
Publisher:
Taunton Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/21/2006
Pages:
266
Product dimensions:
9.24(w) x 10.78(h) x 0.92(d)

Meet the Author

Jack Larkin is Chief Historian and Museum Scholar at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, as well as Affiliate Professor of History at Clark University.
Debra Friedman is Head of Interpretation at Old Sturbridge Village.

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