Randolph-Macon College continues its interdisciplinary series, “Working Girls,”
with a lecture that will take place on Tuesday, March 9, 2010. This event is
free and open to the public.
Dr. Sarah Hand Meacham will present “Every Home a Distillery” at 7:30 p.m. in
Room 212 (the Topping Room) in Old Chapel, located on R-MC’s historic campus.
Alcohol was essential to survival in early America and women were its primary producers.
Meacham, the author of Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology
in the Colonial Chesapeake (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009),
will discuss the crucial role women played in cidering and distilling in the colonial
Chesapeake, and how men supplanted them by using newer and cheaper technologies.
Much of her original research is based on advice and recipes published for women
in guidebooks such as The Accomplished Lady's Delight. Meacham is an assistant
professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University.
For more information about the “Working Girls” series, contact R-MC History Professor
Anne Throckmorton at (804) 752-7269.