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John W. (Jack) Larkin
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  • Warren, MA
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John W. (Jack) Larkin commented on Joanne Riley's page Community
"re barn colors. One thing I can say based on the evidence of landscape paintings and surviving historic structures, is that barns were almost entirely upainted in New England until well after the Civil War.. Ordinary farmhouses were mostly upainted…"
Nov 23, 2010
John W. (Jack) Larkin is now a member of The Massachusetts Studies Network
Oct 8, 2009

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Where Do You Consider Your "Hometown"?
Grew up in Chicago. Have lived in rural Mass. since 1972
What is your interest in the Mass. Studies Network?
I;nterested in hearing about scholarly work, public interpretation and museum exhibits on Massachusetts and New England history.
About Me:
Chief Historian Emeritus, Old Sturbridge Village and Affiliate Professor of History at Clark.. Currently teach courses on New England studies at Clark , consult with museums and historical agencies, work on teacher education in American history, and write, with two books currently in the works.
Your Website: under constructio
Your Organization:
Clark University
Your Title:
Affiliate Professor of History
Another Organization?
Old Sturbridge Village
Another Title?
Chief Historian Emeritus
Major areas of interest
Archaeology, Cultural Heritage, Education (college/university), Education (K-12), History, Local Studies, Visual Arts
As of 11/23, Where We Worked: American Workers and the Nation They Built, has been released by my publisher, Lyons Press/GlobePequot. The book has a national scope 1830s-1930s, but contains many images and narratives about work and workers in Massachusetts including farming, craftsmanship, household work, textile manufacturing, and office work.

A Place in My Chronicle: A New Edition of the Diary of Christopher Columbus Baldwin 1829-1835, has recently been published by the American Antiquarian Society. Baldwin, born in Templeton, Ma, and educated at Harvard, was a lawyer in Worcester who became the first paid Librarian of the AAS - a pioneer and innovator in Massachusetts local history, genealogy and historical collecting.

I invite my colleagues to check out these books at the GlobePequot ( and American Antiquarian society ( sites

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At 13:38 on October 8, 2009, Heather Cole said…
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