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HIST 5505 Making History Public: History Down the Toilet (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

The City of Boston Archaeology Program has excavated three sites that help tell the story of Boston’s nineteenth-century immigrants. Two middle-class North End houses––the Paul Revere House and the Clough House, were transformed c. 1800 into rental housing for poor immigrants. Dorchester’s Industrial School for Girls was a privately funded charitable institution, which took in indigent girls, most of whom were immigrants. We will study artifacts recovered from these three sites in order to recover something of the lived experience of Boston’s immigrant communities. The course is group-project oriented and will culminate in a public exhibition and an i-book.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Robin Fleming

Prerequisites: The History Core, Parts I and II.

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17