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Friday Seminar
Lindsay Keiter, Pennsylvania State University-Altoona
Dec 1, 2023 at - | Location: McNeil Center for Early American Studies, 3355 Woodland Walk/Zoom

Lindsay Keiter

Lindsay Keiter is an assistant professor of history at the Pennsylvania State University’s Altoona campus. Her current research focuses on the economic functions of marriage in the late eighteenth through early nineteenth centuries. By examining how families planned financially and how marriage functioned as a conduit for various types of property, she connects the experiences of families and individuals to the wider forces of early America’s volatile market economy. Her research has been supported most recently by the American Antiquarian Society, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the New-York Historical Society, and the American Philosophical Society. She presents her research regularly, including at recent meetings of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, the Business History Association, and the American Historical Association.

Keiter received her doctorate from the College of William & Mary and worked as a historian for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation before joining the faculty at the Pennsylvania State University’s Altoona campus. 


The McNeil Center sponsors a seminar that meets on Friday afternoons approximately twice a month between September and May, with the paper for each session circulated in advance. Over two hundred people attend at least once a year, with an average attendance of 40 to 50 at meetings held at various sites in the Delaware Valley. While most of the regular attendees are graduate students and faculty from institutions in the Philadelphia area, participants come from as far afield as Long Island, New York City, Princeton, Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington. 

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