Where We Lived:
Discovering the Places We Once Called Home
                                                                      Tom Landis interviews Jack Larkin
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Tom Landis' conversation with Jack Larkin is podcast from the Down Home Radio web site.
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Tom LandisRecently on Down Home Radio, I had the pleasure of speaking with Jack Larkin, author of Where We Lived.  Mr. Larkin is museum scholar and chief historian at Old Sturbridge Village. 
 
Where We Lived is considered the most evocative book to date about how families lived at the dawn of the republic and how their houses shaped their lives.  Listen to Jack and Tom's conversation!
Home, Sweet, Home
700 Square Foot HomeThe predominant type of home in an early American village was a tiny home of no more than 500 square feet and as little as 200 square feet or less. 
 
The typical house might be a one-story log cabin just 10 by 20 feet with up to 13 family members. Today, a new single-family home averages about 2,400 square feet for 2.6 occupants, enjoying 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in a heated and air conditioned space.
Where We Lived: Discovering the Places We Once Called Home
Where We LivedWhere We Lived, Discovering the Places We Once Called Home is about how early American families lived in these old houses and the range of their lives in them--from the impossibly wealthy to the unimaginably poor, from Boston and New York to the small farms and plantations of the rural South, from trim New England villages to the raw frontier "West" of Missouri, Ohio, and Illinois.
 
Where We Lived presents, for the first time, a marriage of eyewitness accounts of early American life with the remarkable photography of the Depression-Era Historic American Building Survey. Combining images with text by gifted historian Jack Larkin, Where We Lived offers a new look into everyday life at the dawn of the new Republic, from the lives of slaves and paupers to those of frontiersmen and East Coast elites. 
Historic American Buildings Survey
Friends Meeting HouseWhere We Lived is richly illustrated with handsome black-and-white photography of old houses from the Library of Congress Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) collection and supplemented with period woodcuts, engravings, paintings, artifacts, and maps. 
 
HABS is the nation's first federal preservation program, begun in 1933 to document America's architectural heritage.  Creation of the program was motivated primarily by the perceived need to mitigate the negative effects upon our history and culture of rapidly vanishing architectural resources.
Old Sturbridge Village
Old Sturbridge VillageOld Sturbridge Village (OSV) is a history museum and learning resource that invites all visitors to find meaning, pleasure, relevance, and inspiration in the exploration of New England's past. It is a nonprofit, educational museum that is open year-round in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.
 
The centerpiece of the museum is a re-created rural New England town of the 1830s set on more than 200 acres of historical landscape, encompassing a Center Village, Mills Area, and Countryside.  Jack Larkin is chief historian at OSV.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation and The Taunton Press, the leading publisher in the house and home category, have partnered to publish a series of books supporting the preservation movement.
 
Topics range from 'how-to' renovations to community revitalization.  The first in the line of titles is Where We Lived by Jack Larkin.
 
The Taunton Press provides authentic, reliable information by practicing experts for people who are passionate about their pursuits. 
 
This excellent book, with photographs from the Historic American Buildings Survey, takes you on a journey through American when it was young, telling in a direct and powerful way the stories of early American families and their houses.
 
It's my pleasure to share with you my conversation with Jack Larkin.
Tom Landis, Host
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