Clarissa F. Dillon
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Haverford, PA


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Clarissa Dillon, Ph.D.


2014 Schlebecker Award Winner from the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Dillon on receiving the 2014 Schlebecker Award from the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM). The Schlebecker Award was established in 1988 to honor Dr. John T. Schlebecker, renowned agricultural historian and a driving force behind the establishment of ALHFAM. This lifetime award is intended to recognize individuals within the organization who have made outstanding contributions to the growth and development of ALHFAM.

It was awarded at the 2014 Annual ALHFAM Conference in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, to Clarissa F. Dillon, Ph.D. "...for her significant contributions to the field of living history over many years, her valuable presentations at regional and annual meetings based on her research into the domestic arts of the 18th century and her mentorship of a new generation of historians to carry on the ALHFAM mission."

We are very proud of Clarissa and her achievements.

2018 Class Schedule is filling up. See our Classes page.

Clarissa's quarterly "helpful pieces of information"

Newest in Current Publications:

"So Serve It Up: Eighteenth-Century English Foodways in Eastern Pennsylvania has been reprinted! It is now illustrated.

"Cheeks of rose, untouched by Art"?

"Let No Time Be Wasted: Helpful Hints and Useful Information for the Busy Housewife in her Sphere"

Clarissa Dillon, Ph.D. intends this website to promote the study and understanding of the 18th century domestic sphere in Southeastern Pennsylvania. An historian, professional teacher and researcher, Clarissa brings her insights to life in her presentations, and deep research and practical experience into her publications pertaining to cooking, medicine, daily life, economics, culture, morals, gardening and the women of the 18th century.

On this site you'll find a list of books and papers currently available for purchase from the author. Subjects cover gardens, food and cooking, women, children, medicine and cultural discussions. Clarissa's unique style and deep research make these publications a pivotal part of any 18th century afficionado's library.

Clarissa is a founding member of Past Masters in Early American Domestic Arts, an organization dedicated to bringing the public to a better understanding of the century. Past Masters, in operation from 1986 through 2012, authored a widely-read informative and entertaining quarterly newsletter throughout its existence, and a cookbook that aids both novice and veteran historic cooks.