The Industrious Bee:
Francis Daniel Pastorius, His Manuscripts, and His World
 
A conference co-sponsored by 
The McNeil Center for Early American Studies and
The University of Pennsylvania Libraries


Philadelphia, 23–24 October 2009
 
 

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With support from:
University of Pennsylvania
The Department of English
The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
The Department of History
Rebecca Bushnell, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences
 
Francis Daniel Pastorius (1651-1719) left behind a formidable body of writing that is only now beginning to be adequately studied but touches upon virtually every cultural, social, philosophical, religious, and political question relevant to life in early America. German-born cosmopolitan lawyer, farmer, schoolmaster, poet, and founder of Germantown, PA (1683), Pastorius’s encyclopedic body of work ranges from the first antislavery tract in America to children’s ABC primers, legal texts, poetry, gardening manuals, and a massive commonplace book, “The Beehive.” Rich as they are in their own right, the manuscripts Pastorius kept also offer a fascinating vantage point from which to view the transmission of knowledge from Europe across the Atlantic to early America. In addition, Pastorius’s methods of information storage,  while informed by the humanist tradition, merit new scrutiny in the digital age.
 
Rich as they are in their own right, Pastorius’s manuscripts also offer a fascinating vantage point from which to view the transmission of knowledge from Europe across the Atlantic to early America. In addition, Pastorius’s methods of information storage, while informed by the humanist tradition, merit new scrutiny in the digital age. In conjunction with the appearance of a new, web-based edition of his major work, “The Beehive,” this conference brings together scholars from a wide range of disciplines and institutions, speaking on a variety of topics connecting Pastorius with literary history, history of the book, intellectual history, legal history, horticulture, and pedagogy. There will also be the opportunity to view some rarely-seen Pastorius manuscripts.
 
Program Committee:
Max Cavitch, J. M. Duffin, David McKnight, Brooke Palmieri, John Pollack, Nancy Shawcross, Daniel K. Richter, and Dan Traister
 
     
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