During the summer of 2008, I interned with the National Park Service at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. Hopewell Furnace is the site of an 18th/19th century iron plantation, which means that they produced the pig iron that would later be sent off to forges. I lived on site with another intern, and really got to experience the beauty of a quiet historic site. Although we were curatorial and research interns, on weekends the staff let us interpret some of the things that women might have done…which meant full out costumes and intense hard labor (starting a fire is hard work!). I used photos from my summer at Hopewell Furnace to show some of the things that women did in a seemingly male dominated place.
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