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The Many Playgrounds of an Industrial Age

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The Gilded Age was a period of rapid growth, diversification and urbanization in America. The vacationing habits of Americans were no exception. Americans in this era vacationed in a growing number of northeastern summer playgrounds, from the Adirondacks to Coney Island, from Martha’s Vineyard to the Catskills, and from Saratoga to Newport. This lecture will explore the many and diverse summer holidays of the American Gilded Age.

Will B. Mackintosh’s book Selling the Sights: The Invention of the Tourist in America, will be available for purchase at the reception and the author will be available for a book signing.

Event thumbnail photo credit: “Bathers at Cottage City, Martha’s Vineyard,” c. 1890. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

Will B. Mackintosh, Associate Professor of History, University of Mary Washington

Will B. Mackintosh is a cultural and social historian of the 19th-century United States, with particular interests in the history of leisure, the history of crime, and the cultural history of capitalism. He is author of “Selling the Sights: The Invention of the Tourist in American Culture” (NYU Press, 2019) and editor of “The Panorama, Extensive Views from The Journal of the Early Republic.” He is currently working on a new project dealing with the Loomis Gang, a group of horse thieves in 19th-century New York. Mackintosh is an Associate Professor of History at University of Mary Washington in Virginia.

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