MHS Environmental History Seminar

December 12, 2017, Massachusetts Historical Society

Boston Environmental History Seminar at the Massachusetts Historical Society
Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 5:15 PM

Hannah Anderson, University of Pennsylvania
Lived Botany: Settler Colonialism, Household Knowledge Production, and Natural History in Eighteenth-Century Pennsylvania
Comment: Thomas Wickman, Trinity College

When Pennsylvania settlers used plants to treat illnesses, they used a type of knowledge that Anderson calls “lived botany.” This term reveals that colonists developed ways of interpreting their landscapes that simultaneously partook of and deviated from the norms of eighteenth-century natural history. Domestic spaces became sites where colonists created information about the natural world, allowing them to feel secure in the new environments where they claimed dominion.

RSVP required. To respond, email seminars@masshist.org or call 617-646-0579.

Unless stated, all seminars take place at the Society, 1154 Boylston St., Boston, and commence at 5:15 PM. After each session the Society will provide a light buffet supper. In case of inclement weather, phone 617-536-1608 for information.

As in the past, the essays are available to subscribers as PDFs through the seminar’s webpage, https://www.masshist.org/2012/calendar/seminars/environmental-history. Subscribe to the 2017-2018 series online via this page. A $25 subscription allows access to the full series of papers for the year, as well as the papers for the Boston Area Early American History Seminar and the Modern American Society and Culture Seminar. Papers are posted a few weeks before the session; the Dec. 12 paper is now online.

Questions? Email seminars@masshist.org.

Posted: December 07, 2017