Archive for the ‘History’ Category

Especially charming

If ever you wanted to read the Historic Furnishings Report or the Historic Structure Report for the Hamilton Grange National Monument, please, feel free to download the linked giant PDFs. I’m warning you that they are scans of copies that were produced over thirty years ago, so. But there is some interesting info. Did you […]

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This morning I learned about an event taking place this summer in Port Angeles called the “Northwest Colonial Festival.” I was at once excited about such a thing, as those of us living in what would have been “Parts Unknown” in the 18th century have very little access to colonial history, unless an exhibit of […]

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I am nearly done reading Joanne Freeman’s “Affairs of Honor”, which I have been meaning to get to for a couple months now and I wish I hadn’t waited so long because it’s such an impressive and enlightening book. I haven’t time to write out a full review, and really there is far too much […]

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The Public Theater

Finally got around to getting Hammy properly framed. I should get it back in a week or so.

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Wooly

An absolutely lovely evening spent sitting in the bath with a glass of white wine, a baseball game on the radio, and reading this article about wool production in early America. Delicious. After I read the sheep article, I read another chapter of “Howards End” by EM Forster. It’s wonderfully clever. I always like to […]

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Back on topic

I’ve been reading about John Jay. Also William Maclay and Thomas Jefferson, but that’s a different book. You know who is a big John Jay fan? Hillary Clinton. Someone who calls themselves a “John Jay fan” would appear to be extremely well-qualified to — but… I digress. Why is it that Americans seem to mostly […]

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Cartes Postal

“Greetings from this bleak and endless highway through the middle of nowhere. Here’s a picture of two horses butts.” Lafayette

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Postcards

Yesterday afternoon, I spent some time in a local antique shop, picking through a couple hundred old postcards. Many contained faded messages, many others were never sent. Quite a few of the ones with messages were missing their stamps, perhaps steamed off by a collector? Here are the ones I brought home: The Treasury Department. […]

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In the past five months, western Washington has received a year’s worth of rain. Hahaha. Ugh. Speaking of Washington, I have had some time to think about the Chernow biography I finished. I dogeared so many pages but didn’t exactly take as many margin notes as I wanted to (don’t often have a pencil handy). […]

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Rumbullion

Most people don’t know why Mount Vernon is called Mount Vernon. It has been the name of the Washington estate since the mid 1700s. George Washington’s beloved elder brother Lawrence named it after Admiral Edward Vernon, under whom he served while in the Royal Navy. It took on a life of its own, and today […]

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