Meet the Board:
Elaine Rice Bachmann
Elaine is the Deputy State Archivist and Acting Secretary, State House Trust for Maryland State Archives.
What do you like about being involved with the Society of Winterthur Fellows?
Without question my two years in the Winterthur program were the most impactful of my life in terms of the trajectory of my career, the friendships I forged, and the influence from classmates, teachers, and professional colleagues. By serving on the board of the Society, I am giving back to a program that gave me so much.
Reviving a Tradition
Today, an unofficial class photo taken in one of the period rooms is standard procedure. If our class (WPEAC 1993) wasn't the very first, we can take credit for reviving the tradition. We must have posed in eight or ten locations throughout the museum, but my favorite is our interpretation of the great carved eagle in the Conservatory.
What book do consider to be essential reading?
Ambitious Appetites: Dining, Behavior, and Patterns of Consumption in Federal Washington (Octagon Research Series, 1990), by Barbara G. Carson. Nobody does it better than Barbara Carson in getting to the "So What?" of doing material culture. This study of early Washington society uses archival sources and decorative arts to create a window into how people lived and interacted in a specific place and time. She demonstrates a methodology that can be applied to any place or time period. Our class was lucky to have her lecture on several occasions. She is missed!