The Public Humanist

The Public Humanist contributor: Mary Fuhrer

Mary FuhrerMary Fuhrer is a public historian who specializes in the social history of New England. She has a B.A. in History from Princeton, an M.A. in Public History from George Mason University, and a Ph.D. in American History from the University of New Hampshire. Mary’s professional experience has focused on recovering the everyday life of New England’s folk and helping others use primary source evidence such as letters, diaries, vital, church and town records, tax valuations, wills, deeds, and material culture to tell stories from the past. She provides research and programs as a consulting historian for historical and humanities associations. Her book, A Crisis of Community: The Trials and Transformation of a New England Town, 1815-1848, was released by the University of North Carolina Press on March 17, 2014. This project received support from the Old Sturbridge Village Research Fellowship, the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, the Anniversary Endowment Fund and the Authors’ Fund of the University of North Carolina Press. Mary’s current research focuses on the relationship between the “White Plague” of tuberculosis and popular culture in the first half of the 19thc century in New England. She has received support for this project from the Massachusetts Historical Society and the New England Regional Consortium Fellowship.

Never Done: Women’s Work and Why it Matters

Women’s stories from the past aren’t easy to recover. Women left less evidence, different evidence, evidence that’s harder to find and often more challenging to interpret. And where they have been recovered, women’s stories have often been drowned out by male-focused narratives of national politics, commercial and industrial economies, and power in the public sphere.