Rudiments of Fife & Drum
Smith's work explores the complex relationship between handcraft, national identity, and social and political activism in American history. She will re-establish a site for community engagement in "Old Hundred," the Museum's historic administration building, during a three-month residency inspired by Connecticut's central role in the development of American fife & drum music. Old Hundred, a landmark of Ridgefield's historic district named for its role as a general store, bank, and post office from 1783 through 1883, abuts the site of a Revolutionary War battle. Smith's project will focus on eighteenth and nineteenth century New England drum manufacturing and performance traditions, and the drum's role in communication, commerce, entertainment, and war. The transformation of Old Hundred involves the creation of a "period room" that functions as space for public programing related to the exhibition, including workshops, performances, and meetings.