Fannie Hardy Eckstorm and Her Quest for Local Knowledge, 1865-1946
Fannie Hardy Eckstorm and Her Quest for Local Knowledge, 1865–1946 reveals an important story that speaks directly to contemporary issues as historians of science, social science and humanities begin to re-evaluate the nature, content, and role of indigenous and folk knowledge systems. Eckstorm's life and work illustrate the constant tension between local lay knowledge and the more privileged scientific production of academics that increasingly dominated the field from the early twentieth century. At the time Eckstorm was writing, the growth in professionalism and eclipse of the amateur led to a reorganization of knowledge. As increasing specialization defined the academy, indigenous knowledge systems were dismissed as unscientific and born of ignorance. Eckstorm recognized and lauded the innate value of traditional knowledge that could fell trees in the interior of Maine and ship them internationally as finished lumber.
Ethnology, Women anthropologists, Women folklorists, Historians, Historiography, Biography, Maine
Anthropology | History | Social and Cultural Anthropology | United States History
MacDougall, Pauleena M., "Fannie Hardy Eckstorm and Her Quest for Local Knowledge, 1865-1946" (2013). Faculty and Staff Monograph Publications. 40.