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Women’s History Consortium: Women’s Health and Hygiene in Early America

March 3, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


The third annual Women’s History Consortium, hosted by Mrs. Boice’s Historie Academie, will be held at Washington Crossing Historic Park on March 3 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Join us for a day of engaging and insightful presentations on some of the details of home life for colonial women in the late 18th century.

Presentations include:

  • Foul Bodies: Cleanliness in Early America (Keynote) – Dr. Kathleen M. Brown, University of Pennsylvania professor and historian
  • “Afraid To Be Alone in the Dark”: The Hidden Fragility of Family Life in Colonial New England – Nicholas A. Bonneau, consulting scholar for the Mutter Research Institute of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the Principal Historian at the Arch Street Project
  • “To friendless Pain unhop’d-for Ease to give…” Housewives and Their Medicines in the 18th Century – Clarissa F. Dillon, independent historian and interpreter
  • The Role of the Midwife in Early America – Nancy V. Webster, independent historian and interpreter

Period clothing is encouraged but not required. The program and various workshops will be held rain or shine. Cost is $75 and includes a general site tour at 4:00 PM. Registration fee includes a resource packet, light breakfast, lunch featuring historically-inspired dishes, and a tour.

Registration and payment may be submitted here.


March 3, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Washington Crossing Historic Park – Visitor Center & Historic Village
1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States


Mrs. Boice’s Historie Academie
(215) 932-5583
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