Please join the Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists (CQHA) on three days in June, for a set of virtual sessions foregrounding expanded approaches to the study of Quaker history and culture. Registration for the June sessions is now open. Sessions are free to attend but you must be registered via Eventbrite to access the Zoom details.
CQHA’s June sessions have been chosen with a methodological focus in mind. The sessions are scheduled for June 14, 22, and 28, each at 12:30-2:00 pm EDT. They are:
Researching Quaker History Online: A WorkshopTuesday, June 14, 2022 | 12:30-2:00 pm EDT
Presenters: Mary Crauderueff, Susan Garfinkel, Emily Higgs Kopin
Research in the digital age increasingly requires new tools, methods, and sources. Presenters in this hands-on session will demonstrate some of the most useful tools for conducting Quaker history research online. Speakers will cover scanned Quaker meeting records available through Ancestry.com; architectural survey of Quaker meeting houses in the Historic American Buildings Survey; contemporary born-digital online resource; and, archived websites in the Internet Archive.
History from Things: Quaker Material and Visual CultureWednesday, June 22, 2022 | 12:30-2:00 pm EDT
Presenters: Laura Keim, Isabella Rosner, Anne Verplanck
Attention to material and visual culture extends our ability to understand the past as lived experience. Presenters in this session share case studies from their research that profile material and visual culture artifacts and methods to shed new light on Quaker history: Quaker material life at Philadelphia’s Stenton, home to six generations of the Logan family; a seventeenth-century needlework suite from London’s Shacklewell School; and, applying methodological tools for interpreting Quaker portraiture.
Quakers in the Field: Ethnographic and Oral HistoriesTuesday, June 28, 2022 | 12:30-2:00 pm EDT
Presenters: Alex Primm, Rebecca Hamilton-Levi, Oscar Lagusa Malande
Oral histories, interviews, and ethnographic research present rich opportunities to work closely with living informants to collect and preserve first-hand accounts of recent and current events. Presenters in this session share background and methods used in contemporary contexts: oral history projects including early work with elder Friends and current research in the Ozarks; the QuakerSpeak bi-weekly video series featuring first-person narratives by and for contemporary Friends; and, ethnographic fieldwork among Kenyan Quakers in the post-missionary/colonial era.