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Clarissa F. Dillon encourages the use of primary sources when investigating 18th-century English domestic practices in eastern Pennsylvania. An historian, demonstrator, interpreter and teacher, she brings wide-ranging research, hands-on experience, and careful documentation into publications and presentations on 18th-century housewifery.

Clarissa has presented at annual and regional conferences of the Association for Living History, Farms and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM), the National Coalition of Independent Scholars (NCIS), and the 2005 Southeastern Symposium on Eighteenth-Century Studies. She gives programs at schools, garden clubs, Questers groups, historic sites and museums in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. She has been a kitchen garden consultant at the 1696 Thomas Massey House in Broomall, Pennsylvania, the Thompson-Neely House in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania, and Rockingham in Rocky Hill, New Jersey; she has been a consultant for kitchen and kitchen garden for Cedar Grove, a Fairmount Park House in Philadelphia, Waynesborough in Paoli, Pennsylvania, and the William Trent House in Trenton, New Jersey.
Clarissa's doctorate in History is from Bryn Mawr College. She has been doing hands-on activities since 1973. She is a retired teacher with 31 years of experience. Clarissa is a founding member of PAST MASTERS in Early American Domestic Arts. Many of her articles have appeared in this organization's newsletter; she also writes "Clarissa's Corner" in which she explores areas of interest.