Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Sap’s Running at Slate Run Living Historical Farm

The sap is running in the sugar maple trees, so it’s sugaring time in central Ohio. Yesterday, I learned about making maple syrup the 1880s way at Slate Run Living Historical Farm in Pickaway County. Dave, an interpreter at the … Continue reading

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Want to Recreate the 1860s Look? First, Put Your Modern Sensibilities in the Basket

With the Civil War Sesquicentennial underway, some history buffs like me are interested in how to accurately recreate clothing that was worn during the 1860s. To help re-enactors and docents who want to dress in the style of the time, … Continue reading

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Mary Jane Was An “Odd Sheep,” But That’s Why Carlos Sought to Gain Her Love

As a Special Collections librarian, I’ve read, inventoried and described thousands of letters, but those drafted in the 19th century are my favorites. During this period, letters did more than convey information; they revealed the writer’s character. People took great … Continue reading

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“The Butler of the Statehouse” and a Civil War Surgeon Joined Tina and Me for a Valentine Tea at the Kelton House

My love of tea parties dates back to childhood visits to the Williamsburg Inn.  Whenever we vacationed in Colonial Williamsburg, we’d make sure we were back at the Inn by 4:00 to enjoy its elegant tea.  Helping myself to sugar cubes, clove-studded slices of lemon, and an … Continue reading

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