Field Report: Boston Athenæum Fellow C. Ian Stevenson
Join New England Regional Fellowship Consortium Fellow C. Ian Stevenson for a report on his research in the Boston Athenæum’s special collections in support of his dissertation, “This Summer-Home of the Survivors”: The Civil War Vacation in Architecture and Landscape, 1878-1918.
C. Ian Stevenson is a PhD candidate in Boston University’s American & New England Studies Program. His interdisciplinary work combines methods of vernacular architecture, cultural landscapes, material culture, and environmental history. Stevenson’s dissertation, “This Summer-Home of the Survivors”: The Civil War Vacation in Architecture and Landscape, 1878-1918, explores communal vacation cottages and campgrounds constructed by Civil War veterans as places to merge memory and leisure among their comrades and families. Ian has an MA in Preservation Studies from Boston University and a BA in American History from Bates College. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Vernacular Architecture Forum.