Dr. Nora Pat Small
Office: 2526 - Coleman Hall
Nora Pat Small's Vita
The historic built environment is my passion and my academic research area. Historic architectural documents of our past surround us; all we need do is figure out how to read them. The vernacular landscape reveals culture and society as surely as our carefully archived print and manuscript collections do.
Office hours vary by semester. Please call or email for information.
Frequently Taught Courses
HIS 2010 US History to 1877
HIS 5050 American Architectural History
HIS 5060 Historic Preservation in the United States
BA, University of Delaware, Art History
Master of Architectural History, Certificate in Historic Preservation, University of Virginia; Master's Thesis: Lighthouses of the Eastern Seaboard
PhD, Boston University; Dissertation: "Beauty and Convenience: The Architectural Reordering of Sutton, Massachusetts, 1790-1840"
Vernacular Architecture Forum
Society of Architectural Historians
American Association of Museums
American Association for State and Local History
Society for the History of the Early American Republic
My research focuses on the built environment of the Early American Republic. I am fascinated by the intersections of archtecture, technology, economics, society, and politics in that period when Americans began to self-consciously shape the landscape of their new nation.
Selected PublicationsBeauty and Convenience: Architecture and Order in the New Republic, University of
Selected Conference Presentations
"Erasing Radicalism in the Rural Midwest? Preserving New Harmony, Indiana," International Conference on Cultural Landscapes and Heritage Values, U Mass., Amherst, May 2015.
Commenter, Panel on “The CCC and the Land Lincoln: Interpreting a Layered History at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site,” Illinois History Conference, Springfield, September, 2011
"The Economic and Iconic Power of Lighthouses in the Early Republic," presented at the Society for the History of the Early American Republic conference, July, 2009
" 'To Embrace or Breach': Fence Meanings and Metaphors," in conjunction with Dr. Debra Reid, lecture delivered at multiple sites in conjunction with local openings of the Smithsonian Institution's Museums on Main Street exhibit "Between Fences," Fall 2005-Spring 2006, and Fall 2008-Spring 2009
Funding & GrantsNEH summer Seminar Scholar, Philadelphia, 20ll. Seminar on "The Early American Republic and the Problems of Governance".
Charleston Historic Preservation Commission, ex officio member
Lincoln Log Cabin Foundation Board, secretary