Women's Lives in Early America : Research & Interpretation
Azie Dungey, Writer, Actor, & Creator of the web series "Ask a Slave"
- A Funny Thing Happens When We Talk About Slavery and What We Can Do About It
Azie Dungey is a writer and actress best known for creating the satirical web series Ask A Slave. The web series is based on her actual interactions with visitors in the two years she worked at George Washington's Mount Vernon, where she portrayed one of his house slaves. The critically acclaimed series has over 2 million views on YouTube and was featured in New York Magazine, The Washington Post, Mother Jones, MSNBC, NPR, and BBC World among others. As a follow-up to her series, she is currently writing a book of travel essays about early American public history sites called "How I Survived the 18th Century" for Penguin/RandomHouse. She has been a lecturer on the interpretation of early black history at historical sites, the role of comedy and satire in communities of historical trauma, and writing for television comedy at such institutions as Yale University, Brown University, the University of Southern California, the Hudson Historical Society, and St. Mary's College of Maryland where she was a Chaney Visiting Scholar. Azie recently wrapped her third season as a writer for the Emmy-nominated Netflix show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, with showrunners Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. She is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
Concurrent Afternoon Sessions:
Donah Zack Beale, Independent Historian & Interpreter- British Detached Hospital
- Searching for Women in Primary Sources: The British Detached Hospital and More
Donah Zack Beale holds a Master of Arts in Gerontology and completed six courses towards a PhD. in Folklore and Cross-Cultural Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been researching and presenting programs on women's health issues, and 18th and 19th century medicine and sanitation for over 25 years. She is a member of the British Detached Hospital and the 2nd New Jersey Regiment. In her 21st century life she has directed clinical trials programs for the University of Pennsylvania, and a private physicians group for for 30 years. She has programmed folk music concerts for 40 years.
Elyse Bennett, Independent Historian & Interpreter
- Reclaiming "Stupid Questions"
Elyse Bennett's passion for interpretation and visitor interactions has been influenced by 16 years of participation in reenacting, an undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College, a masters from UNC Greensboro, and experience at a wide range of historic sites and museums.
Lauren Curtis Skorka, Independent Historian & Interpreter
- Continental Army Petty Sutler: Adventures in Researching a New Impression
Lauren Curtis Skorka began researching and developing a petty sutler impression in 2016, inspired by the activities of female followers during Brown’s Raid at Ft Ticonderoga in 2015 and presentations and workshops attended during regional living history conferences since early 2016. She was recently part of the petty sutler interpretation offered to the Continental Army during the Battle of Short Hills (NJ).
Lauren earned her Master of Arts in History from Rutgers University in 1999. She was a volunteer at Morristown National Historic Park in 2001 where she met members of the 2nd NJ Regiment during an encampment weekend. She joined the 2nd NJ in 2002 and has been a reenactor with this organization since.
Samantha Vogeley, Independent Researcher and Living History Interpreter
- The Life of a Laundress on the Strength of Washington's Army
Samantha Vogeley has been in the reenacting hobby for 31 years and a living history interpreter for 13 years. Over the past 4 years she has researched the lives of women on the strength of George Washington's army and the jobs they performed for the military forces. Her primary focus is laundry practices both in garrison and on campaign. She looks forward to collaborating with her audience on implementing this activity in camp scenarios.