Mary Babson Fuhrer is a public historian who specializes in the social history of New England. She has a B.A. in History from Princeton, an M.A. in Public History from George Mason University, and a Ph.D. in American History from the University of New Hampshire.
Her book, A Crisis of Community: The Trials and Transformation of a New England Town, 1815-1848 (University of North Carolina Press), was awarded the Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize.
Mary’s professional experience has focused on recovering the everyday life of New England’s folk and helping others use primary source evidence such as letters, diaries, vital, church and town records, tax valuations, wills, deeds, and material culture to tell stories from the past. She provides research and programs as a consulting historian for historical and humanities associations. In 2014, Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities awarded her the Massachusetts History Commendation for “extensive work in Massachusetts history over the past two decades, [which] has improved the interpretation of history for numerous organizations and countless individuals.” Mary is an elected Fellow of the American Antiquarian Society.
Mary’s current research focuses on the relationship between the “White Plague” of tuberculosis and popular culture in the first half of the 19thc century in New England. She has received support for this project from the Massachusetts Historical Society, the American Antiquarian Society, and the New England Regional Consortium Fellowship.
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