Tobaccoland: Landscape, Culture, and the Transformation of Central PA, 1828-2017

Tobaccoland: Landscape, Culture, and the Transformation of Central PA, 1828-2017 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship recipient Caitlin Black will share findings from her research in the collections on Tobaccoland: Landscape, Culture, and the Transformation of Central PA, 1828-2017. Bring your lunch and your questions!

Caitlin’s research looks at tobacco in Central Pennsylvania from the nineteenth century to the present day. She is interested in both the agricultural and urban aspects of tobacco, including how it is grown, marketed, processed, and sold. Her research considers how technology, Pennsylvania German culture, gender, and material culture have shaped the local tobacco economy and distinguished it from other tobacco-growing locations. She is also interested in the role of national organizations and federal policies in affecting central Pennsylvania’s tobacco production and cigar manufacturing.

Image of Caitlin Black.Caitlin is a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at Penn State, Harrisburg. She is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and holds a Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Maryland. Caitlin has presented her research at conferences for organizations including the Eastern American Studies Association, Vernacular Architecture Forum, Pennsylvania Historical Association, New York Society of Folklore, and American Studies Association. She also serves as co-editor of New Errands: the Journal of Undergraduate American Studies. In addition, Caitlin teaches in the Humanities Department at Penn State, Harrisburg.

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October 17, 2017 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA 12pm FREE