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Hello, I’m Caitlin! I’m a social and cultural historian with a special emphasis on gender and female identity in western civilization during the 19th and 20th centuries. I also happen to have a personal love for everything mid-century!

The point of this blog is to do a couple of things. First, it lets me share some really awesome bits of history with you. Second, it lets me keep track of some of my research. And third, it gives me something fun to do (I’m a humanities professor by day and while I actually do love my job, there isn’t much room for hobbies…so I’m lucky that my hobby crosses over into work territory!)


About the Blog

What Would Laura Petrie Do? poses the question of exactly that and hopes to address other issues like, How did women live in mid-century America? How were they supposed to live? And how does that lifestyle apply to us now?

I know…it all sounds so terribly academic and boring, but I promise it won’t be too dull. 

Why Laura Petrie? She’s the quintessential model for femininity and house wifery in Mid-Century America. She represents everything women were to aspire to…women wanted to be her and their husbands wanted them to be her.

She also dressed fantastically.

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