Brown Bag “Some are weatherwise, some are otherwise”: Popular Almanacs and Weather Cosmology in Mid-eighteenth Century America 3 October 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Lauri Coleman, College of William and Mary

Historians of early America have turned to almanacs such as those written by Nathaniel Ames and son and Benjamin Franklin for any number of reasons, but these sources have rarely been studied for the main purpose for which they were written: namely, the interpretation and prediction of the weather. Studied as a culturally-constructed discourse, the weather offers historians a window into the religious, philosophical, and experiential worldviews of those who wrote and read about it. Coleman’s interest in almanacs is part of her larger cultural study of weather and the multiple ways it was interpreted and used as a rhetorical tool in eighteenth-century America.