All posts by Jennifer Guerin

About Jennifer Guerin

Jennifer has a BA in History and American Studies from Smith College, and has previous non-profit experience at the Smith College Museum of Art, the Toledo Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. While working at the Smithsonian, she developed a love of genealogy while researching collections of family papers and transcribing oral histories. Jennifer’s primary historical interest is Revolutionary history, particularly the experiences of everyday people during revolutionary periods. She is also passionate about food culture and popular music of the past and the present.

Not just Rip Van Winkle

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Harriet Hanson Robinson (1825-1911). Courtesy of

As anyone engaged in the study of family history knows, researching the women of the past can be a difficult process. Many commonly used sources draw out details in the lives of men but provide only minimal statistical information about the lives of women. Women are often erased from the narratives written by historians and their documents lost or destroyed. This state of affairs is changing, however, and improving, thanks in part to the entrance into the historical field of women eager to tell their own stories. This substantial increase in historical work by women began in part with the field of genealogy, which opened to women much more quickly than other areas of study. Continue reading Not just Rip Van Winkle