Last fall when I was in Portland I went to visit the campus of my alma mater Lewis and Clark College. In the last few years a decision had been made to, in some way, recognize the participation of the slave York as a member or the Corps of Discovery. The college commissioned Alison Saar who creates public sculpture connected to African American history. Here’s a link to an interview with Ms. Saar about her work:
I also wanted to share something about an author I really enjoy, Merritt Ierley. He is a social historian. His books include:
With Charity for All: Welfare and Society, Ancient Times to the Present
The Year that Tried Men’s Souls: A Journalistic Reconstruction of the World of 1776
A Place in History: A Centennial Chronicle of North Arlington, New Jersey, Birthplace of Steam Power in America
Wondrous Contrivances: Technology at the Threshold
The Comforts of Home: The American House and the Evolution of Modern Convenience
I have heard him interviewed on NPR, but I couldn’t get to an actual audio recording or even a transcript at the NPR website. What I did find was a New York Times article that quotes one of his books and it made me laugh because it was about front porches.