Plantation Kitchen; color halftone by H. S. Crocker Company, Inc. (publisher) after Hubert A. Lowman (photographer); THNOC, gift of Beverly A. Harber, 2014.0188.10

Plantation Kitchen; color halftone by H. S. Crocker Company, Inc. (publisher) after Hubert A. Lowman (photographer); THNOC, gift of Beverly A. Harber, 2014.0188.10

June, July, and August
These virtual talks will take place on Zoom.
Admission is free. Registration information below.

In conjunction with the exhibition Pieces of History: Ten Years of Decorative Arts Fieldwork, THNOC presents “Connecting the Pieces,” a series of virtual interactive talks with our Visitor Services staff this summer. Each month, we will delve into a different topic related to the exhibition and the history of the Gulf South before the Civil War. These Zoom-based programs are free and will be available at several different dates and times. Space is limited; please register early. 

August: The Invisible Labor of Plantation Women 

Discussions of the pre–Civil War South often overlook the work and contributions of women. Common portrayals of the quintessential “Southern Belle” and her enslaved attendant are a far cry from the realities of such women’s lives and labor. Drawing on firsthand narratives and objects documented by Decorative Arts of the Gulf South, this program will explore the lives and labor of women—both the enslaved and enslavers—in the context of Gulf South plantations before the Civil War. 

Upcoming schedule and registration links (all times are Central):   

Note: Please only register for one program per month. 

Thursday, August 12 @ noon: Register here 

Saturday, August 14 @ 1 p.m.: Register here

Friday, August 20 @ noon: Register here

Tuesday, August 24 @ 1 p.m.: Register here


July: Luxury and Violence in the Plantation South 

The skill and craftsmanship of designers and artisans is on full display in beautiful decorative arts objects, but less visible are the economic and social influences that shaped such objects’ production and use. July’s program will delve into those influences, focusing on the role that the institution of slavery played in shaping the material culture of the Gulf South and examining the global trade networks that connected the region to markets and manufacturers around the world. Finally, we will explore the ways in which decorative arts objects are emblems of taste and refinement as well as material embodiments of wealth and power. 


June: Exploring History through Objects 

Documents and books aren’t the only ways to learn about history. Objects such as tools, decor, and furniture, reflect the stories, culture, values, and daily lives of the people who made and used them. In “Exploring History through Objects,” we will delve into some of the objects documented by the Decorative Arts of the Gulf South project over the years, using each artifact to investigate the people who made, used, and preserved them, while opening up a wider discussion about the pre–Civil War history of the Gulf South. 


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