Katherine C. (Kasey) Grier is director of the Museum Studies Program and professor in the Department of History, University of Delaware, where she also received her Ph.D. An expert on the history of everyday life in the U.S. in the long 19th century, Kasey Grier turned her attention to the history of animal-human interaction several decades ago. The result was Pets in America: A History (2006), the first book to examine how past Americans lived with animals in their homes.   

Ideas about animals as family members have continued to evolve throughout history. Join Kasey as she examines the roles pets have played in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Arrive early to enjoy a special visit with therapy dogs from Therapaws of Michigan from 5:00-6:00 pm in the lobby outside of Robertson Auditorium.


Katherine Grier

From Favorites to Fur Babies: How Pets Became Part of the American Family


Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
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Ross School of Business, Robertson Auditorium 
701 Tappan Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234

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University of Michigan William L. Clements Library