Monthly Archives: March 2011

The Quiet Little Country Village Is Finally In the Rear-View Mirror

Five years ago, things happened fast. In February, it was off to Portland to see the “Hesse: A Princely German Collection” exhibition. In April, Cindy joined the triumvirate for a vacation in Holland and Belgium. Later that month, a promising … Continue reading

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“Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen,” with Chanel Lipstick and a Teeny-Tiny Waist

In 2007, the Kent State University Museum received quite a gift. That year, the Estate of Katharine Hepburn entrusted almost 700 pieces of the actress’s personal collection of her performance clothes to the museum. Since then, students have been working … Continue reading

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Pulling the Devil’s Tail While “In Search of a Better World” with Benjamin Franklin

While I live in one of the 24 American counties that are named for Benjamin Franklin, I’m a beneficiary of his invention of bifocals, and I love the ethereal sounds that emanate from the glass armonica that he developed, I … Continue reading

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“Forever Free” at the State Library: Emancipated from Not Knowing about the “Pouter Pigeon” Silhouette and the Spoon Bonnet

Most times when I visit the State Library of Ohio, I darken the door just before closing to pick up or return my latest OhioLINK book requests. For the next few weeks, though, my visits to the State Library will … Continue reading

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“Heavenly Days, What Next?” It’s EJBH’s 99th Birthday.

Today would have been my grandmother’s 99th birthday. EJBH was our family’s answer to the Queen Mother. From her hat and her handbag to her Castleberry knit suits and her lace-up shoes, she was always perfectly dressed for the occasion. … Continue reading

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Making Friends with Mister Rogers’ Mother

Whether you’re in search of Civil War paraphernalia, framed locks of hair or Super 8 Kodachrome movies, our family archive is one nifty collection to browse. Some of my favorite items, though, are the vacation scrapbooks that my mother made … Continue reading

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