Month: December 2014

To make maccarons of valentia Almonds: a guest post by Cooking in the Archives collaborators Marissa Nicosia and Alyssa Connell

Macaroon Recipe

ABOPublic is excited to welcome Marissa Nicosia and Alyssa Connell of Cooking in the Archives, who’ve prepared a special holiday joint post for our readers. You can also see the recipe here along with all of their other updated early modern recipes. Be sure to check out their site! What do ladies bake? Ladies bake macaroons,…

Tis the Season…

Book Cover (1796)
by Dr. Thomas Hayes
National Library of Medicine

Although it is not yet “officially” winter, I am sure you or someone you know is experiencing one of its common adverse effects—meaning the ever-popular, ever-annoying, ever-prolonged common cold. I’ve had mine the past week, and as Christmas begins to rear its pretty little tinseled head, I’ve come to the conclusion that enough is enough.…

Regency World Unleashed

Promenade Dress (1812)
Ackermann’s Repository of Arts
By Rudolph Ackermann

Consider yourself a connoisseur of all things Regency? Let us introduce you to public scholar and author, Candice Hern. She is not only a collector (owning about 40 volumes of the 4 most important magazines in the Regency period) but also an acclaimed bestselling author of historical romance novels set during the Regency era— when George IV acted…

Hell Hath No Fury like an 18th-Century Woman Scorned

Anna Maria Bennett letter (1785)
by Michael L. Taylor
LSU Library

[pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“May you breathe your last in the arms of a prostitute, and may you find to your everlasting terror a solemn truth that there is a hereafter”- Anna Marie Bennett Letters[/pullquote] Louisiana State University  is host to The George De Forest Collection, a sizable collection of both European and American manuscript…

Class is in Session

Image via Creative Media Skills

Did you know there’s a class in which you can learn to become an 18th-century hair styling expert? I didn’t either. And I don’t just mean “experimenting” on typical cosmetology barbie doll heads, but actually learning and practicing this skill on real live people. That is what one renowned UK hairdresser and Hollywood 18th-century hair expert, Lou Sheppard, brings to the…