The Early Modern Commons

Recreating the French Habitant in the Illinois Country

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Updates and "An Introduction to Research Methods"

9 March 2015

Hello everyone, A few posts have been saved in draft form, but never published because of time constraints.  There are a few blogs that I follow and really enjoy the daily...

Of Hearth and Home: Cooking and Eating Appropriately Part I

9 December 2013

An entry from the Kaskaskia Manuscripts included in Kaskaskia Under the French Regime by Natalia Maree Belting, pages 45-46 (emphasis my own):------Mary Catherine Baron, when...

Tools of the Habitant

5 September 2013

An absolute gem of a resource to the French 18th century living historian is Denis Diderot's Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers (Encyclopedia...

Buffalo Robe Beds

29 May 2013

On a tour last summer of the Louis Bolduc House in Colonial Ste. Genevieve, I noticed a child's bed with a buffalo robe sitting atop a simple mattress.  Here is an old photograph...