Penn State Harrisburg

Anne A. Verplanck, Ph.D.

· Associate Professor of American Studies and Heritage Studies; Humanities


Dr. Anne Verplanck teaches courses in American art and visual culture, social and cultural history, American decorative arts and material culture, museum studies, and heritage studies. Prior to joining the Penn State Harrisburg faculty in 2010, she worked in the museum field for 30 years. Until 2009, she was the Curator of Prints and Paintings at Winterthur Museum, where she also served as Interim Director of Museum Collections and Interim Director of the Research Fellowship Program. In addition, she taught in the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture/University of Delaware, and George Washington and George Mason universities. She has served in curatorial and consultant positions to numerous museums and historic sites and has lectured widely.

Research Interests

  • 18th- and 19th-century American Art and History
  • American Portraiture
  • Public Heritage
  • Cultural History
  • American Material Culture
  • Philadelphia
  • Quaker material culture
  • The History of Photography
  • Publications

Courses Taught

  • AM ST 307 American Art
  • AM ST 400 America to 1765
  • AM ST 401 Revolution and the Early Republic, 1765-1815
  • AM ST 480 Museum Studies
  • AM ST 491W Themes and Eras: The City
  • AM ST 533 American Civilization in the 18th Century
  • AM ST 550 Public Heritage
  • AM ST 570 Topics in American Art: Painting
  • AM ST 570 Topics in American Art: Decorative Arts and Material Culture
  • AM ST 570 Topics in American Art: Cultural Landscapese
  • HIS 03 American Nation: Daily Life in America, 1650 to the Present

Publications and Research

Selected Publications  

  • Looking Forward/Looking Backward: the Graphic Arts in Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia (in progress).
  • “Teaching Museum Studies in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries or, a Tale of Two Courses.”  Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies (Fall, 2015).
  •  “‘They Carry Their Religion . . . Into Every Act of their Public and Private Lives’: Quaker Daguerreotype Consumption in Philadelphia, 1839-60,” Early American Studies (Winter, 2015): 237-278.
  • “Making History: Antiquarian Culture in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia," Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography (October, 2014), 395-424.
  • “Patina and Persistence: Miniature Patronage and Production in Philadelphia, 1840-1860,” in Sven Beckert and Julia Rosenbaum, eds., The American Bourgeoise: Distinction and Identity in the Nineteenth Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), 63-85.
  • “The Silhouette and Quaker Identity in Early National Philadelphia.” Winterthur Portfolio 43:1 (Spring 2009), 41-78.
  • Quaker Aesthetics: Reflections on a Quaker Ethic in American Design and Consumption (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003), edited volume with Emma Lapsansky.
  • "The Social Meanings of Portrait Miniatures in Philadelphia, 1760-1820," in Ann Smart Martin and J. Ritchie Garrison, eds., American Material Culture: The Shape of the Field (Winterthur, DE: Winterthur Museum, 1997), 195-223.

Selected Exhibitions

  • Installations of Prints and Paintings Gallery, 2001-2009, Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, DE
  • Currier & Ives: The Sporting Prints,   March-June, 2001, Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, DE
  • Steamboat Vacations: Excursions on the Chesapeake, April 1999-Jan. 2000, Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD
  • Auguste Edouart and the American Silhouette Tradition, 1995-2000, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC