2018 October 23 – Katherine Grier “From ‘Favorites’ to ‘Fur Babies’: How Pets Became Part of the American Family”
Ideas about animals as family members have continued to evolve throughout history. In this lecture presented by the Clements Library, Dr. Katherine Grier examines the roles pets have played in the 19th and 20th century. She is the author of “Pets in America: A History” (2006), the first book to examine how past Americans lived with animals in their homes. Dr. Grier is director of the Museum Studies Program and professor in the Department of History, University of Delaware, where she also received her Ph.D. An expert on the history of everyday life in the U.S. in the long 19th century, Kasey Grier turned her attention to the history of animal-human interaction several decades ago.