Thursday, May 28, 2015

June 2015 Genealogy and Local History Event Calendar

May 30, Saturday, 2015 Southern Maine Genealogical Conference sponsored by the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society will be held in Portland, Maine.  The keynote speaker will be Margaret Dube, CG.  For more information see

May 30, Saturday, 1pm Summer Walking Tours of the Black Heritage Trail in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Meet up at the Discover Portsmouth Center, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire from May to September.  There will be a fee involved.  Stay tuned or call for more information.

May 30 and 31, Blacksmith Weekend at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, New Hampshire.

May 31, Sunday,  Home Sweet Home Event,  come celebrate some maverick Massachusetts families North of Boston, Massachusetts. Four locations at historic homes, presented by the Trustees of Reservations, and learn the stories of the Crane, Appleton, Dodge, Coolidge, and Emerson families. Click here for the details...

June 3, Wednesday, 7pm, Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire, at the East Kingston Public Library, 47 Maplevale Road, East Kingston, New Hampshire.  Free to the public.  Humorist Rebecca Rule tells the stories of the rituals, traditions and history of town meeting, including the perennial characters, the literature, and the wisdom of this uniquely New England tradition.  Contact the library for more information:  603-642-8333. 

June 4, Friday, noon, Lunch and Learn:  The American Plate, at Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts, Free to members, $8 non members, Bring or buy lunch and learn about the evolution of the American diet.   Click here to register

June 5 – 7, Trimmings: Adorning the Fashionable Figure in the 17th Century, at Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Discover the process and purpose of decorating and embellishing wardrobes in the 1600s.

June 6, Saturday, 10am, From the Roots Up: The Basics of Climbing Your Family Tree, at the Nevins Library, Garden Room, 305 Broadway, Methuen, Massachusetts, sponsored by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists.  Presented by Lucie LeBlanc Consentino.  Free to the public.

June 6, Saturday, 11am – 1pm, Beacon Hill Walking Tour, meet at the Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Massachusetts, $10 Historic New England members, $15 non-members.  Tickets required, click here:

June 6 and 7,  French and Indian War Encampment at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, New Hampshire.   One of the biggest re-enactment weekends with battles at 1:30 both days, open hearth cooking, blacksmithing, textile productions, joinery, tours of the fort, and colonial vendors.

June 9, Tuesday, 7pm, Cows and Communities: How the Lowly Bovine has Nurtured New Hampshire, at the Merrimack Public Library, 470 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, New Hampshire. Free to the public.  Call 603-424-5021 for more information.

June 9,  Tuesday, 7pm, Dick Eastman Returns, sponsored by the Worcester County Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists.  Free to the public.  See the website for more details

June 10, Wednesday, 6pm, Boston Historical Societies, at the Massachusetts Historical Society.  A public program on the neighborhood organizations, with representatives of local organizations telling about the great projects they have started or recent accomplishments. Register by phone 617-646-0578 or email 

June 10, Wednesday, 1pm, That Reminds Me of a Story, at the Goodlife Programs and Activities Center, 254 N. State Road, Concord, New Hampshire. Join Rebecca Rule, who has made it her mission for the past 20 years to collect the stories of New Hampshire.  She’ll tell some stories, and invite the audience members to contribute a few of their own.  Free to the Public. 603-228-6630 for more information.

June 10, Saturday, 10am, From the Roots Up- The Basics of Climbing your Family Tree, at the Nevins Public Library, Route 28/ Broadway, Methuen, Massachusetts, sponsored by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, and presented by Lucie LeBlanc Consentino.  Free to the public.

June 11, Thursday, 6pm, Lowell Lecture: Joseph J. Ellis,  at the Boston Public Library, free to the public.  Pulitzer Prize winning author Joseph Ellis will discuss the years between the end of the American Revolution and the start of the Federal Era. A book sale and author signing will follow the lecture.

June 13, Saturday, 1:30pm, Dick Eastman, sponsored by the Middlesex Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists.  Free to the public.  See the website for more details 

June 15 to June 21, Monday to Sunday,  Freedom Week: Celebrating African American Emancipation, at Sturbridge Village Museum, Sturbridge, Massachusetts. See more at this link:

June 15 – June 20, Monday – Saturday, Program in New England Studies, $1,500 Historic New England members, $1550 non-members, an intensive week-long learning experience with lectures and tours on history, architecture, preservation, decorative arts, workshops, and specialized tours of properties, museums and private homes.  Purchase tickets here: 

June 17, Wednesday, 6pm, Book Event:  Soldier, Engraver, Forger – Richard Brunton’s Life on the Fringe in America’s New Republic, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Free to the public.  Join author Deborah M. Child for the launch of NEHGS’s newest publication.  Book sales and signing to follow the program.  Click here to register:

June 17, Wednesday, 7pm, Genetic Genealogy, by the Martha’s Vineyard Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, at the Family History Center in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts. Free to the public.  DNA analyst Clint Richmond will speak about genetic genealogy. 

June 17, Wednesday, 7pm, George Washington Spied Here:  Spies and Spying in the American Revolutionary War (1775 – 1783) at the Freedom Town Hall, 12 Elm Street, Freedom, New Hampshire.  A talk by Douglas Wheeler about Nathan Hale and the Culper Spy Ring of New York, Long Island and Connnecticut.  Free to the public.  Call 603-539-5799 for more information.

June 18, Thursday, 7pm, New England’s Colonial Meetinghouses and their Impact on American Society, at the Bow Bog Meeting House, 11 Bow Bog Road, Bow, New Hampshire.  Paul Wainwright will tell the story of the society that built ad used meetinghouses, and the lasting impact they have had on American Culture.  Free to the public.  Call 603 – 228-8149 for more information.

June 18, Thursday, 6:30 pm, A Well-Worn Path: Migration from Dobrzechow and Kozuchow to Massachusetts, 1898 - 1924, at the Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front Street, Chicopee, Massachusetts, sponsored by the Polish Genealogy Society of Massachusetts.  A presentation by Patricia Yocum.  Free to the public.

June 19, Friday 8:30 – 4pm  Celia Thaxter’s Garden Tour, a walking tour of Celia’s restored garden on beautiful Appledore Island.  Learn about the history of the Isles of Shoals and the famous garden described in the 1893 book An Island Garden. The boat departs and returns to New Castle, NH.  Tour includes lunch and expert guides.  $100 per person.  Phone 603-862-5346.  Click here for more information  Tour repeated on June 26, July 16, July 25, July 26, July 30, August 7 and August 9th

June 20, Saturday, 2pm, Baseball in Boston Before the Red Sox, at the Concord Museum, 53 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord, Massachusetts. Baseball historian and vintage base ball player Brian Sheehy, Captain of the Essex Base Ball Club will lecture on base ball in the 19th century.  $10. 

June 20 and 21, Saturday and Sunday, Stark’s Muster and Garrison at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, New Hampshire.  Check the website for schedule and details  During the American Revolution, Charlestown was an assembly point for 1,500 troops under General John Stark who will appear again and make his call for the men of New Hampshire to fight for freedom.  Drills, recruitment, dance instruction, inspection and marches. 

June 21, Sunday, 10am – 5pm, New Hampshire’s Birthday! At Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Celebrate 400 years of American history.  New Hampshire residents receive FREE admission! ID required.

June 21, Sunday, 5:30pm  The Way They Were, at the Hamilton House, 40 Vaughan’s Lane, South Berwick, Maine, $8 Historic New England members, $15 nonmembers.  Go behind the scenes to learn about the daily routines of domestics, groundskeepers, and others who worked at the Hamilton House.  Purchase tickets here:

June 25, Thursday, 6:30pm, Vanished Veterans: New Hampshire’s Civil War Monuments and Memorials, at the Hooksett Library, 31 Mount Saint Mary’s Way, Hooksett, New Hampshire.  Historian George Morrison presents a diverse selection of New Hampshire’s Civil War monuments from the 1860s to the 21st century.  Free to the public.  Call 603-485-6092 for more information.

June 26, Friday, 6:30pm From Seed to Tree:  Growing Memories into Stories, at the New England Telephone Museum, 1 Depot Square, Warner, New Hampshire.  This is an active workshop where participants will experiment with a toolbox of storytelling techniques to make their family stories more vivid and engaging.  Free to the public.  Call 603-456-2234 for more information.

June 29, Monday, 5:30pm Family Search, a lecture by genealogist Lori Lyn Price, at the Amesbury Public Library Genealogy Club, 149 Main Street, Amesbury, Massachusetts.  Registration is required, call 978-388-8148.  Free to the public. 

Coming Soon!  Plan ahead

July 3 to 5, Independence Day Celebration at Sturbridge Village Museum, at Sturbridge, Massachusetts.  Old fashioned family fun, parade, a patriotic reading of the Declaration of Independence, crafts, drill with the militia, learn dances from the 18th century, and play 19th century “base ball”.  See this link for more information:

July 4, Saturday, 10am – 5pm, An American Celebration!  At Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  An old-fashioned 4th of July celebration with children’s bike and wagon parade at 2:30pm, a visit by Abraham Lincoln, traditional games and crafts, garden tours, live music by Bedford Big Band, living history exhibits, hands on activities, food and fun for all! Active military families FREE. 

July 11, Saturday, The Maine Genealogical Society Fair at the Cultural Building, Home of the State Library, Archives and Museum, Augusta, Maine, Free admission. Visit with genealogical and historical societies from around the state of Maine.

July 8-9, Hermione in Newport, Rhode Island, Lafayette’s replica ship will be in Newport. See the website

July 11, Saturday, 8:30pm,  July Evening Lantern Walk, at Colonial Pemaquid in Maine. Step into the past as you tour a 17th century village, meet some of the inhabitants and be challenged by an 18th century soldier on guard duty at Fort Frederick.  Rain date is Sunday, July 12.

July 11 and 12, Hermione in Boston, Lafayette’s replica ship will be in Boston. See the website

July 14, Tuesday, 4 – 5:30pm, DNA Testing and Revolutionary Ancestors,  at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts, presented by Jennifer Zinck.  Free to the public.

July 14 – 15, Hermione in Castine, Maine, Lafayette’s replica ship will be in Castine. See the website

July 26, Sunday,  Massachusetts Genealogical Council Annual Meeting and Seminar, Mansfield, Massachusetts

August 1 and 2, Saturday and Sunday, Redcoats and Rebels, At Sturbridge Village Museum, Sturbridge, Massachusetts.  This is the largest military re-enactment in New England with nearly 1,000 soldiers playing British, Irish, Spanish, Scottish, French and Colonial troops. Events and activities including extended hours until 8pm are all listed at this link:

September 19, Saturday, 7:30 pm, Talking Baseball with Doris Kearns Goodwin and Ken Burns, sponsored by the Concord Museum,  at the Fenn School, Concord, Massachusetts. Join Doris Kearns Goodwin, curator for the Art of Baseball exhibit, and filmmaker Ken Burns for a lively conversation about their shared love of baseball moderated by Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.  Registration required.  priority seating for members opens on July 15th.

September 19 and 20, Return to No. 4: Revolutionary War Weekend at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, New Hampshire. One of the biggest re-enactments of the year at the Fort at No. 4, with battles both weekend days at 1:30pm.  Fortified village tours, sutlers row for shopping, and self tours of the camps where you can see drills, open hearth cooking and demonstrations of colonial camp life. See the website for more information and a schedule of events

September 26 and 27, Saturday and Sunday,  from 11am – 3pm both days, rain or shine, The 11th Annual Portsmouth Fairy House Tour, the world’s largest fairy house tour, held in Portsmouth, New Hampshire’s historic South End at the Governor John Langdon House, Strawbery Banke Museum, Prescott Park and Peirce Island.  More than 100 handcrafted fairy houses made by local artists, florists,  garden clubs, and businesses on display.  A great way to expose your children to historic homes and gardens.  Advanced tickets are highly recommended.  For more information and to purchase tickets click at this link:  

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Weathervane Wednesday ~ Above a former insane asylum

Weathervane Wednesday is an on-going series of photographs I post weekly.  I started out by publishing only weather vanes from the Londonderry area, but now I've been finding interesting weather vanes from all over New England.  Sometimes my weather vanes are whimsical, or historical, but all are very interesting.  Often, my readers tip me off to some very unique and unusual weather vanes.

Today's weather vane is from somewhere in Massachusetts.

Do you know the location of weather vane #210?  Scroll down to see the answer...

Today’s weather vane photos were sent to me by reader and fellow genealogist Sharon Gillis.  She photographed the Medfield State Hospital and sent me the weathervane photo via Facebook.   Her photos of the entire hospital campus were wonderful, and I asked her for permission to use a few for this blog post.

According to Wikipedia this hospital was originally the Medfield Insane Asylum, established in 1892 as the first public facility in Massachusetts for mental patients.  The campus was developed between 1896 and 1914 and had 58 buildings and a capacity to care for 2,200 patients.  It was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994, and closed in 2003.  The grounds were used for filming major motion pictures such as Shutter Island and The Box.   Several buildings have been demolished.

The town of Medfield has plans to re-develop the campus.   No plans have been made public yet.

Wikipedia “Medfield State Hospital”

Wicked Local Medfield “Medfield Owns State Hospital:  $3.1 Million land deal finalized” , posted 4 December 2014

Youtube video “A World Apart: A History of Medfield State Hospital”   (30 minutes) 

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Tombstones at the Derry History Museum

The following tombstones, fragments and rubbings from the 
Forest Hill Cemetery in Derry, New Hampshire were photographed at the
Derry History Museum
29 West Broadway
Derry, New Hampshire

The label reads:
Willow and Urn Fragment circa 1790
This gravestone fragment from an unknown burial
site at Forest Hill Cemetery is in the "Willow and
Urn" style that was common in the late 18th - early
19th century.  Its design is related to the re-discovery
of the classical writing, art and philosophy of the 
ancient Greek and Roman cultures. 

The label reads:
Elizabeth McKeen - circa 1752
The gravestone of Elizabeth McKeen (1725 - 1752)
is carved in the "Death Head" style - a common motif
in puritan New England.  Her broken stone has since
been replaced by a large family memorial stone. 

DIED  ??? YE 17TH

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Honoring Your Veteran Family Members and Ancestors ~ For Memorial Day and All Year Long

Here is Vincent's grandfather, José García Rivero (1908 - 1994).  His father was a military man- a carabinero in Spain.  José was a military cadet and served first as a carabinero, then in the Spanish Civil War (1936 - 1939) and was a captain in the Guardia Civil under Franco's government in Spain.  His brother Joaquin was a Guardia Civil, too.

1950s in Madrid, Spain

1971 in Madrid, Spain

After José passed away, Vincent inherited his sword, spurs, uniform and hats.  We have tried several ways to display some of these items.  Finally we decided to have the uniform, medals and the dress hat preserved and professionally framed.  Here are some photos of how we discussed laying out the uniform with the specialist at the framing store.

And here is the final result.  We decided to do a frame for the uniform, and then a deep shadow box for the dress tri-cornered hat, with a photo from the 1950s.  It was expensive since it used all acid free materials, UV Plexiglas, and a lot of labor since the uniform and medals were stitched to the backing (no metal pins or plastic parts).  This framing display will preserve the uniform, and also proudly display it in a basement family room with no windows.

I think José would have enjoyed this!

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Surname Saturday ~ KENDALL

Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Library of Congress


The Kendall Family goes back for many generations in Cambridgeshire, England.  John Kendall (1580 – 1660) had ten children, and seven came to Massachusetts.   They all lived near each other, often in contiguous communities.   I descend from Mabel and Thomas.

These Kendall children all came to Masachusetts:
1) Mabel (about 1606 – 1690) married William Reed and lived in Woburn, Massachusetts
2) John (about 1608 – 1690) married Elizabeth and lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts
3) Thomas ( about 1616 – 1681) married Rebecca and lived in Reading, Massachusetts
4) Francis (1620 – 1706) married Mary Tidd and lived in Woburn, Massachusetts
5) Elizabeth (1623 – 1696/7) married Morris Somes and lived in Gloucester, Massachusetts
6) Bethiah (d. 1668.9) married Theophilus Phillips and lived in Watertown, Massachusetts
7) Mary married Thomas Whitney and lived in Watertown, Massachusetts

Mabel and her husband William Read, my 10th great grandparents, came to Massachusetts on the Defence with three children in 1635.  They settled in Woburn, where her brother Francis was living.  Eventually they had a total of nine children born in England, Dorchester, and Woburn.  William eventually returned to England and died at Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1656.  Mabel married second to Henry Summers on 21 November 1660 in Woburn.  I descend from her daughter, Abigail, born 1634 in Dorchester, who married Francis Wyman as his second wife.

Mabel’s brother Thomas Kendall is my 9th great grandfather.  He first settled in Charlestown with his brother Francis.  Later Thomas removed to Lynn and settled in the area that was later known as Reading.  This area became South Reading, and later Wakefield.  He was a Deacon of the church and selectman for many years.  He had ten daughters, and the Kendall name was not passed on in his line as a surname.  However, Sewell’s History of Woburn, pages 619 - 620 remembers him like this:

“Francis Kendall remembers likewise in his will the eight children of his brother Thomas (one of the first settlers of Reading, and a deacon of the church there) who were living, when he, said brother died.  It seems that this brother of Frnacis Kendall, of Woburn, Deacon Thomas Kendall of Reading, and Rebecca his wife, had ten daughters, but no son that lived.  But these daughters, in order to preserve their maiden name, Kendall, among their posterity, directed, eath of them, when married, that her first born son should have the given name Kendall, prefixed to his surname; as Kendall Peirson, Kendall Boutwell, Kendall Eaton, Kendall Briant, etc., etc, etc., which gave occasion to the following lines respecing these daughters in a Poem written by Lillie Eaton, Esq., of South Reading, and published with Flint's Historical Address upon the 200th anniversary of the founding of Reading.  In mentioning the vernerable matron, their mother, he observes:
"She had ten daughters; and each one
When married, christened her first son
Kendall; and thus we many infer
Why 'tis these names so oft occur"
                     -- Flint's Address, p. 64"

Thomas Kendall and his wife, Rebecca, were originally buried the old cemetery in Reading and then his grave was removed to the Wakefield Old Burial Ground.  His tombstone is described in Graven Images: New England Stonecarving and its Sybols, 1650 – 1815, by Allen Ludwig, Wesleyan University Press, 1999, page 84.  His gravestone has no dates, and the epitaph is:

Fugit Hora                               [Time Flies]   
Memento Te Esse Mortalem    [Remember that you are mortal]
Upon ye death of Thomas Kendel
Her in ye Earth is layd on of ye 7 of this Church Foundation
So to remaien tel ye powerful voice say ris, in her I a Gloris
A Patarn of piati & Love & for peace
But now alas how short his race
Here we mourn & mourn we moust
To se zion sons like gold now laid
In dust

Rebecca’s epitaph reads:

Here lyeth the mother of ten
Who had 175 grand and great-grandchildren

Some Kimball Sources:

A Mills and Kendall Family History: American Ancestry and Descendants of Herbert Lee Mills and Bessie Delano Kendall, by Helen Schatvet Ullman, Boston: Newbury St. Press, 2002

The Kendall Family in America, by William Montgomery Clemens, reprinted by Higginson Book Company, 1919. Online at 

New England Kendalls website

Notable descendant:  President Calvin Coolidge

The Deacon Thomas Kendall House survives at 1 Prospect Street in Wakefield, Massachusetts.  It is a federal style house, but the central chimney and inner rooms date back to Deacon Kendall, who lived there until 1681.  The house is on the National Register of Historic Places, but is privately owned.   See a photo at this Wikipedia article 

My KENDALL genealogy:

Generation 1:  John Kendall of Cambridgeshire, England

Lineage A:

Generation 2:  Mabel Kendall, born 1606 in England, died 5 June 1690 in Woburn, Massachusetts; married about 1625 in Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire, England to William Reed, son of Thomas Reed and Mary Cornwall.  He was baptized on 18 April 1601 in Brocket Hall, and died 9 April 1656 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.  Nine children.

Generation 3: Abigail Reed married Francis Wyman
Generation 4:  Nathaniel Wyman married Mary Winn
Generation 5:  Increase Wyman married Deborah Pierce
Generation 6:  Increase Wyman married Catherine Unknown
Generation 7: Jemima Wyman married Joshua Burnham
Generation 8: Jemima Burnham married Romanus Emerson
Generation 9:  George Emerson married Mary Esther Younger
Generation 10: Mary Katharine Emerson married George E. Batchelder
Generation 11: Carrie Maud Batchelder married Joseph Elmer Allen
Generation 12: Stanley Elmer Allen married Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)

Lineage B:

Generation 2: Thomas Kendall, born about 1616 in England, died 22 July 1681 in Reading, Massachusetts; married Rebecca about 1640 in Charlestown, Massachusetts.  Twelve children.

Generation 3: Rebecca Kendall, born 10 February 1644 in Reading, died 30 August 1713 in Reading; married 15 June 1665 in Reading to James Boutwell, son of James Boutwell and Alice Unknown.  He was born about 1642 and died 5 December 1716 in Reading.

Generation 4:  Sarah Boutwell married John Townsend
Generation 5:  Sarah Townsend married Brown Emerson
Generation 6:  John Emerson married Katherine Eaton
Generation 7: Romanus Emerson married Jemima Burnham (see above)

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Before and After

before restoration

after restoration, hanging in our house in New Hampshire
We call her "Madonna of the Half Moon"!
We have no date for this painting, and the artist is unknown

detail of the Madonna's face

My husband and I brought many pieces of art, books, family photographs, and other small objects from his family home in Puerto Rico to our new house in New Hampshire.  The tropical rain forest weather there was damp and hot.  The house was located in San Juan, with open windows to the weather and dirty city air.  It was only a block from the beach, so the salt air ruined appliances, plumbing and many other objects in the home.  The heat, humidity and time (over 30 years) had damaged some of the art, and spoiled many of the family photographs.

These professional movers packed up and flew the household objects
 from Puerto Rico to New Hampshire.
You can see the Madonna painting behind the movers head in this photograph.
It was so dirty we could barely see the image! 

This was one painting that we decided we should have restored.  One of my friends from the Londonderry Historical Society had been a conservator at Sturbridge Village, and he recommended that I find a fine art conservation lab through the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC).

My father-in-law was orphaned as a little boy, so he was raised and educated by the Jesuit Fathers in Cuba and South America. Later, he used to travel around South America and Europe and collected art.  This painting is one he bought in Peru about 25 years ago and brought back to Puerto Rico.

Through the AIC directory we found Mary Lou White, of the Fine Arts Conservation Lab in Raymond, New Hampshire.  She took on the project of cleaning up this painting.  My mother-in-law and husband remembered what it looked like, but I had never seen the image.  The heat and humidity of San Juan, Puerto Rico had darkened many layers of natural resin varnish on this painting, which Mary Lou estimates to be from the 1800s.  She cleaned off the many layers of varnish and applied a modern, synthetic varnish which will not darken over time.

Doesn't the Madonna look great!  The texture of the fabric on her dress is amazing.   If you have a work of art you need restored, I highly recommend you find a restoration expert through the AIC.  There is probably one near you.

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works: 

Mary Lou White, Fine Arts Conservation Lab in Raymond, New Hampshire 603-895-9351

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Weathervane Wednesday ~ Above the fire station

Weathervane Wednesday is an on-going series of photographs I post weekly.  I started by publishing weather vanes from the Londonderry area, but now I've been finding interesting weather vanes all across New England.  Sometimes my weather vanes are whimsical, or historical, but all are interesting. Often, my readers tip me off to some very unique and unusual weather vanes, too! If you know an interesting or historical weathervane, please let me know.

Today's weather vane is from New Hampshire.

Do you know the location of weather vane #209?  Scroll down to see the answer!

Today's weather vane was photographed above the Bedford, New Hampshire fire station on Route 101, and it's physical address is actually 55 Constitution Drive (the road behind the fire station, not visible from Route 101).  This one is hard to see since it is a busy intersection and if you are driving you have to pay attention to the traffic.  It is also hard for passengers to see since it is a very small two dimensional fire engine see against dark pine trees.  I rarely see weather vanes of modern fire engines, so this was a fun one for me to find.  I think I've driven by dozens of times and never noticed it!

Bedford, New Hampshire Fire Department

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday ~ STEEL, buried at Derry, New Hampshire (then Londonderry)

These tombstones were photographed at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Derry, New Hampshire.



These two gravestones are typical of the early Scots Irish in Nutfield.  One is plain with no adornment, and the child's tombstone has a simple geometric design.  The lettering on both is crude and unplanned for the space.  

The Thomas Steel buried and photographed above is the son of Charter Thomas Steel.    He arrived with his wife Martha Morrison with the original group of Ulster Scots from Aghadowey, Northern Ireland in 1718 and went to Maine where they suffered great deprivations.  A group of them came first to Methuen and then to Nutfield (later called Londonderry) in 1719.  This burial ground is now in the town of Derry, because of the schism in the early 19th century. 

I'm not sure about little Naomi Steel, buried next to Thomas.  Who are her parents? 

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