Keeping a Sharp Eye Out for Insurance Fraud

Virginia State Police Insurance Fraud Program: Insurance Fraud is the crime we all pay for. It’s estimated that Insurance fraud costs Virginians between 0 – 00 a year higher premiums, as well as 00 a year more for good and services. Find out more about the financial impact of insurance fraud and how to avoid becoming a victim. Rewards of up to 000 are available for information that leads to an arrest for the crime of insurance fraud. Go to www.stampoutfraud or call the toll-free hotline 1-877-62FRAUD to report suspected fraud. Tipsters will remain anonymous.

Keeping House: Women’s Lives in Western Pennsylvania 1790-1850

Keeping House: Women’s Lives in Western Pennsylvania 1790-1850

This book is a fascinating re-creation of the lives of women in the time of great social change that followed the end of the French and Indian War in  western Pennsylvania.  Many decades passed before a desolate and violent frontier was transformed into a stable region of farms and towns.  Keeping House: Women’s Lives in Western Pennsylvania, 1790-1850  tells how the daughters, wives, and mothers who crossed the Allegheny Mountains responded and adapted to unaccustomed physical and psychological hardships as they established lives for themselves and their families in their new homes.

Intrigued by late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century manuscript cookbooks in the collection of the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, Virginia Bartlett wanted to find out more about women living in the region during that period.  Quoting from journals, letters, cookbooks, travelers’ accounts – approving and critical – memoirs, documents, and newspapers, she offers us voices of women and men commenting seriously and humorously on what was going on around them.

The text is well-illustrated with contemporaneous art– engravings, apaintings, drawings, and cartoons.  Of special interest are color and black-and-white photographs of furnishings, housewares, clothing, and portraits from the collections of the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania.

This is not a sentimental account.  Bartlett makes clear how little say women had about their lives and how little protection they could expect from the law, especially on matters relating to property.  Their world was one of marked contrasts: life in a log cabin with bare necessities and elegant dinners in the homes of Pittsburgh’s military and entrepreneurial elite; rural women in homespun and affluent Pittsburgh ladies in imported fashions.  When the book begins, families are living in fear of Indian attacks; as it ends, the word “shawling” has come into use as the polite term for pregnancy, referring to women’s attempt to hide their condition with cleverly draped shawls.  The menacing frontier has given way to American-style gentility.

An introduction by Jack D. Warren, University of Virginia, sets the scene with a discussion of the early peopling of the region and places the book within the context of women’s studies.

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Keeping The Promise: The MidSouth HealthCare Network – VISN9

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