Everyday Objects: Fancy Forms and Familiar Functions

March 4th, 2012

Everyday life in central Pennsylvania during the 19th century was comprised of daily tasks performed by the women of the family. This exhibit will showcase some of these commonplace objects that would have been a part of everyday chores, such as cooking and sewing. The items included would have been used on a regular basis primarily by 19th century central Pennsylvania housewives and girls, whether in farm homes, country houses like the Centre Furnace Mansion, or homes in small urban settings, like the Victorian homes in Bellefonte.

The objects will be exhibited in context in two settings. One setting will focus on the sitting room, and the other on the kitchen. The exhibit will include primarily Centre County objects from the Centre Furnace Mansion collection and local collectors. Objects will range from stoneware, redware, and china, to textiles; from baskets and other storage containers to iron and tin cooking utensils.

Everyday Objects, to be presented by the Centre County Historical Society, is being developed by an exhibit committee that includes Penn State Integrative Arts student Olivia Perdew under the guidance of faculty member Richard Pencek, Diane Farr, Barbara Brosnan, Mary Sorensen and Jackie Melander. Photography provided by Penn State student Ian Lopera and faculty member Fredric Weber.

Additional educational materials for the exhibit are being made possible through the support of a grant from the State College Branch of AAUW.