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Conference Program


Thursday, October 17, 2019

Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
4:00 – 4:30 p.m. Registration
4:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Cathy Matson, Program in Early American Economy and Society and University of Delaware

4:45 – 6:00 p.m.

Roundtable:  What is a Mid-Atlantic Plantation?
Chair and Moderator:  Libbie Hawes, Cliveden of the National Trust
Aaron V. Wunsch, Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, University of Pennsylvania
Daniel K. Richter, McNeil Center and University of Pennsylvania
Cathy Matson, Program in Early American Economy and Society and University of Delaware

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Reception
Friday, October 18, 2019

McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 3355 Woodland Walk (34th and Sansom Streets), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration & Coffee
9:00 – 9:15 a.m.

Daniel K. Richter, McNeil Center and University of Pennsylvania
Laura Keenan Spero, McNeil Center

9:15 – 10:45 a.m.

Four Mid-Atlantic Plantations?

Chair and Comment:  Leslie M. Harris, Northwestern University

Joel T. Fry, Bartram’s Garden
Slavery and Freedom at Bartram’s Garden 

Gregory Hargreaves, University of Delaware
The North American Fall Line & the Plantation Complex: The Case of Iron

Laura Keim, Stenton Museum and Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, University of Pennsylvania
“Acco’t of Negroes”: The Labor Force at a Merchant’s Mid-Atlantic Plantation

Melissa Morris, University of Wyoming
New Netherland Plantations and the (Mid-)Atlantic World

10:45 – 11 a.m.  Break
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Chair and Comment:  Matthew Mulcahy, Loyola University Maryland

Jennifer Anderson, Stony Brook University
Building a Trans-Colonial Plantation: Josiah Martin and the Management of his New York/Antiguan Estates

Jason Daniels, Black Hills State University
“Could I settle my affaires here in some manner to leave”: Absenteeism, Estate Development, and Trade between Pennsylvania and Jamaica at the turn of the Eighteenth Century

Max Grivno, University of Southern Mississippi
From Maryland to Mississippi: Landscapes of Work and Resistance in the Old South

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Lunch (on your own)

1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Labor and Laborers

Chair and Comment:  Justin Roberts, Dalhousie University

Elsa Mendoza, Georgetown University
Enslaved Laborers and Gendered Divisions of Labor at Georgetown University and the Jesuit Plantations in Maryland

Lorena Walsh, Independent Scholar
Mid-Atlantic Agriculture South of the Mason-Dixon Line: Ringgold Family Plantations in Kent County, Maryland, 1776-1790

3:15 – 4:30 p.m. Presentation and Discussion: The Penn & Slavery Project
4:30 – 4:45 p.m. Break
4:45 – 6:00 p.m. 

Presentation: Tales from Three Plantations

Chair and Moderator:   Lu Ann De Cunzo, University of Delaware

Michael J. Gall, Richard Grubb & Associates
Behind Closed Doors: Enslavement on the Rumsey Tenant Farm

Gloria Henry and Vertie Lee, John Dickinson Plantation, Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs
Life on a Jones Neck Plantation

Gregory R. Weidman, Hampton National Historic Site

New Light on Hidden Lives: Recent Discoveries on Enslavement and Freedom at Maryland’s Hampton Plantation
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Reception
Saturday, October 19, 2019

Stenton Museum, 4601 N. 18th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
(Bus transportation for participants will depart from Warwick Rittenhouse Square Hotel, 220 S. 17th Street, at 8:15 AM)

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Registration and Coffee
9:30 – 9:45 a.m.

Laura Keim, Stenton Museum and Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, University of Pennsylvania

9:45 – 11:15 a.m.

Town and Country
Chair and Comment:  Whitney Martinko, Villanova University

Anne-Claire Faucquez, University Paris VIII
Mapping Slavery in Seventeenth-Century New York Hinterlands: Manors as a New Model of Plantation

Craig Hollander, The College of New Jersey and Francesca Paldino, Rutgers University-Camden
“That Elegant Seat”: A New Look at Trenton’s Oldest House

Catharine Dann Roeber, Winterthur and University of Delaware
Coming and Going: Townhouse and Plantation in the Delaware Valley, 1680-1750

11:15 – 11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Landscapes of Power
Chair and Comment:  Deirdre Cooper Owens, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Library Company of Philadelphia

Laura E. Masur, Catholic University of America
Priestly Plantations: Agriculture, Labor, and Landscape in the Middle Atlantic

Andrea Mosterman, University of New Orleans
A Spatial Analysis of Enslavement in Early New York’s Dutch American Homes

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Lunch (provided)

2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Lives of the Enslaved
Chair and Comment: Michael L. Dickinson, Virginia Commonwealth University

Sean Condon, Merrimack College
Access to Freedom on Maryland’s Western Shore in the Late Antebellum Period

Kyle Repella, University of Pennsylvania 
Seeking a “Stable Peace”: The Dutch Atlantic Ordeal of Ten Enslaved Native Americans

Michelle Diane Wright, Community College of Baltimore Country
Shades of Hilton: Exploring the Lives of Color at Hilton in Baltimore County

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.