Hilda L. Smith was recently honored by her alma mater, Southwest Missouri State (now, Missouri State University) as an outstanding graduate of the history department.  She offered a public lecture, “Letter Writer to Account Keeper: Women’s Work in Early Modern Art” on Jan. 25th based on the research she completed last year while on a fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library.  In addition, she met with Phi Alpha Theta members, groups of history majors and had dinner with the faculty.  She also has received a residential fellowship for the month of April to Chawton House in Hampshire, UK, which houses the largest private collection of early modern women’s writings and was a residence of one of Jane Austen’s brothers.  She will research the degree to which early eighteenth century fiction continued the feminist themes elucidated by the late seventeenth-century feminists she studied earlier in her career.