Date of Defense
Dr. Peter Schmitt
Thomas A. Dietz
Furniture has always had its place in our society and so today has its place in our museums. These objects that we surround ourselves with can paint us part of the total picture of life in the past. This is what studying history is all about, understanding the past. Objects, such as furniture, are then tangible reminders that we have which help us put that picture together. A style of furniture can show a society's rebellion to a certain way of thinking, or it can show what natural resources are readily available in a certain region. The type of furniture found in an area can tell us if it is a crossroads and therefore on the cutting edge of style and thought, or if a certain place is rebelling against these new ideas.
Neilan, Emily, "Historical Object Research: From a Chair to a Story" (1997). Honors Theses. 1275.
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