Monthly Archives: April 2011

What Happened at the Statehouse 146 Years Ago Today? We Found Out at “The Repose of Lincoln”

On April 29, 1865, more than 50,000 people visited the Ohio Statehouse to pay their respects to Abraham Lincoln. That day, a memorial service was held for the assassinated president at the Statehouse, and his body lay in state in … Continue reading

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Indoors at VMI, There’s Little Sorrel and George Marshall’s Important Speech

While the Gothic Revival architecture may be the most popular exterior attraction at Virginia Military Institute, there are plenty of other interesting discoveries inside museums on the Post. After lunch on the terrace of Moody Hall, home to the VMI … Continue reading

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Alexander Jackson Davis Gave VMI Its Gothic Revival Style

When the Ohio Historical Center prepared its exhibit, “Ohio’s Garden Path: The Flowering of Our Landscape,” one of my jobs was to scan several illustrations from Cottage Residences, an architectural pattern book by Alexander Jackson Davis and Andrew Jackson Downing … Continue reading

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Matthew Fontaine Maury, “The Pathfinder of the Seas,” Had One Great VMI Home…And a Steinway, Too

To start our Garden Week tour of Virginia Military Institute, we attended a lecture about Matthew Fontaine Maury, a naval officer and oceanographer who made significant contributions to navigation and meteorology.  Colonel Keith Gibson, executive director of the VMI Museum, … Continue reading

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“Virginia Military Institute: Houses, History and Honor” Enticed Us to Lexington for Easter Weekend

Spring flowers at The Greenbrier, April 22, 2011 Last week, more than 250 gardens, private homes and historic landmarks across Virginia were open to the public for the 78th season of Historic Garden Week in Virginia. On Saturday, Lexington celebrated … Continue reading

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Hope and Keep Busy Until Fall, When Louisa May Alcott Comes to Sandusky

During a recent visit to the “new books” section of the library, Susan Cheever’s biography of Louisa May Alcott caught my eye. How could I not check out this latest look at one of my favorite authors? For the blue-tunicked … Continue reading

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Frances Trollope Visits the Ohio Historical Center to Dish about Domestic Manners of the Americans

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been going to the Ohio Historical Center. When I was growing up, I had birthday parties in the Ohio Village, ate at the Colonel Crawford Inn and walked gingerly around the two-headed … Continue reading

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