The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) has awarded visiting fellowships for historical research for the year 2012 to five creative artists, naming faculty Deborah Brevoort as a playwriting fellow. Brevoort was awarded a Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellowship which will fund her project Homespun, a historical play about George and Martha Washington and the role of fashion in shaping the American identity. The Virginia Stage Company has commissioned this work as part of their American Soilseries which explores the cultural and historical foundations of Virginia and Hampton Roads.
The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) is an independent research library founded in 1812 in Worcester, Massachusetts. The fellowships are awarded under a program for creative and performing artists, writers, filmmakers, journalists, and others to conduct historical research in the Society’s premiere collection of pre-twentieth century printed materials. The library's collections document the life of America's people from the colonial era through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Collections include books, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, broadsides, manuscripts, music, graphic arts and local histories.