Lydia Maria Child Society – ALA 2017 Boston

Lydia Maria Child Society Activities during ALA 2017

We welcome you to the ALA in Boston and hope that you’ll be able to take part in one or more of our activities!

Friday, May 26:  Walking tour of Medford, MA, and Medford Historical Society and Museum

Dr. Kyna Hamill, of the School of Theatre at Boston University, will be leading us on a 45-minute walking tour of Medford, beginning at Medford Square, that will focus on significant Lydia Maria Child sites.  This walk will end at the Medford Historical Society and Museum (MHSM), where we will see artifacts such as an 1826 portrait of Child and Child’s “Floral Souvenir” scrapbook.  Lunch in Medford will round off the tour.

Gather in Medford at 10am at Medford Square in front of the doughnut shop at 35 Riverside Avenue, where the 95 bus from Sullivan will drop off the Westin group.  Kyna will meet us here.

Travel from the Westin:  Those who would like to go in a group from the Westin to Medford using public transportation (subway and bus) can meet in the hotel.  The round-trip cost will be approximately $10.  We will meet in Westin’s lobby by 9am and leave immediately.

The tour will be “easy walking,” which comfortable footwear may enhance.  You may wish to bring rain gear and/or sunscreen.  Unfortunately, the MHSM is not wheelchair accessible.  We are happy to arrange for the Child artifacts to be brought to Medford’s Public Library, which is two blocks from the MHSM, if such accommodations are requested.

Sadly, the LMCS cannot provide financial assistance.

Please e-mail Sandy Burr at by 5pm on Monday, May 15, to sign up for the trip.  We’ll use the total number to plan on a head count and to make lunch reservations in Medford.  Please include your need for wheelchair accessibility and your plan to either meet us in the Westin lobby or at Medford Square, 35 Riverside Avenue.

Saturday, May 27:  Panels and Business Meeting

8:10am to 9:30am

Session 14-D   Social Justice Pedagogy Roundtable

Organized by the Lydia Maria Child Society

Moderator: Sandra Burr, Northern Michigan University

  1. Jacqueline Emery and Carol Quirke, SUNY College at Old Westbury
  2. Marlowe Daly-Galeano, Lewis-Clark State College
  3. Philip Kadish, Hunter College, City University of New York
  4. Tracey-Lynn Daniels-Lerberg, University of Texas at Arlington
  5. Lucy Sirianni, University of California at Berkeley
  6. Sarah Olivier, University of Denver

9:40am to 11am

Session 15-D   Limning the Possibilities of Lydia Maria Child

Organized by the Lydia Maria Child Society

Chair: Sarah Olivier, University of Denver

  1. “‘Invisible Danger’: Lydia Maria Child and Writing Race in Mammoth Cave,” Emma Newcombe, Boston University
  2. “Cookbook Morality: Child vs. Corporate Cookbooks,” Linda Civitello, Independent Scholar
  3. “‘Nothing But a Tiger’: Portraits of Lydia Maria Child,” Kyna Hamill, Boston University
  4. “Dialogic Spiritualism in Child and Poe: Philothea and the Cosmology of ‘Eureka,’” Adam C. Bradford, Florida Atlantic University

2:10pm to 3:30pm

Session 18-M   Business Meeting: Lydia Maria Child Society