Lydia Olsson

Lydia Olsson, third daughter of the third president of Augustana College, left behind five diaries documenting her life as a young Swedish-American woman living in the Midwest. Find my research and writing on Lydia Olsson, women’s life writing, and women’s 19th-century collegiate experiences here.

Itinerant Glassworkers

For more than 300 years, talented, traveling lampworkers entertained and educated crowds on the art, science, and skill of glassmaking, and the dizzying array of wonders that could be made of glass. Find my research, writing, and speaking on this topic here.