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Feathers, Fins, and Fur: The Pet in Early Maryland

Location: Homewood Museum
Dates: January 4–March 31, 2007



Students in a Fall 2006 course co-taught by Catherine Rogers Arthur, director of Homewood Museum, and Stuart “Bill” Leslie (History of Science and Technology), drew on correspondence, probate inventories, newspaper ads, journals, and a rich array of visual materials, to explore views of the pets and livestock that were part of the scenery of early Maryland. The students assisted in organizing and curating the show, in addition to the more practical aspects of exhibition production. Divided into several sections, the exhibition focused on specific kinds of pets—including cats, dogs, birds, fish, horses, and rodents—and related themes such as early veterinary practices, wild animal domestication, the affiliation between children and pets, and animal idioms. 

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