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USF professor interviewed for 19th Centuries Study Association blog

TAMPA, Fla. -- Cynthia Patterson, an associate professor in the Department of English, was recently interviewed for the 19th Centuries Study Association’s blog. Patterson’s research focuses on the lives of 19th century women.

When questioned, Patterson confessed that the one thing she would change about the 19th century is the archiving practices of major universities and institutions. The records for women – particularly those of non-elite, non-white women – were not maintained as carefully as men’s, because their activities were considered “less important.”

“The generation of women involved in the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, at least in the state of Florida, is dying off,” Patterson said. “What will happen to their records and memories when they’re gone? I’m kept up at night thinking about that!”

She also noted the resurgence of one particular 19th century trend: craft cocktails. Patterson cited the St. Augustine Distillery, which is set up in the town’s old “ice house,” as a producer of classic distilled beverages and cocktails from late 19th and early 20th century recipes.

Patterson’s new research focuses on the reading habits of Florida women during the Progressive Era. She already has presented one conference paper on the subject and has several more in the works.

Read her full interview here.


Filed under:English Arts and Sciences    
Author:Holly Lanier