Guest Curator, “Can She Do It? The Fight over a Woman’s Right to Vote,” on display in June 2019 at the Massachusetts Historical Society
Curatorial and Research Assistant for the exhibition “America Transformed,” on display in 2019 at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library
Guest Curator for the Nineteenth Amendment Centennial exhibit on display in 2020 at the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Harvard University
We Are One: Mapping America's Road from Revolution to Independence was hosted by the Boston Public Library's Leventhal Map Center. The exhibition told the story of how colonists went from supporting the British Empire during the French and Indian War through the founding of their own nation and the planning of Washington, DC.
As an expert in visual culture, one of my tasks was to select historical prints and objects to complement the maps. We aimed to bring out diverse voices from the period. In the photograph above, for example, you can see our reproduction of John Singleton Copley's painting of Eilzabeth Murray. We used her portrait and a 1777 map by Copley's half brother, Henry Pelham, to tell our audience about her experience of the siege of Boston. She protected her property in Cambridge even after her husband, Ralph Inman, fled to Boston.
Below are some of my favorite exhibition items. I'd love to hear about yours.