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October 31, 2010

by Virginia Scott


It is great to be home. I enjoy going to the different meeting and gaining information for our work but I get homesick after about three days. This trip was from Tuesday to Sunday so it was a little long. The Meeting of the Nation Trust for Historic Preservation introduced me to a whole new group of professionals. Though the historical commission and museum professionals were there, the majority of attendees were historians and architects that specialize in the preservation and restoration of our historic places. The theme of the conference was the "Next American City" so the focus was on the restoration of our inner cities and main streets. I learned some things that I hope we can use such as the parts of a barn. I have a worksheet that allows us to document our historic barns. If you have an old barn we can document and there apparently grants for restoration of the buildings. I attended a session that discussed the surveying and documenting of ranches, farms, and homesteads that I think will be useful. Learning that documenting our landscapes is as important as documenting our family history. A different but educational meeting.

The core team has been busy working on projects in our archive. We are extending the Dord Fitz Exhibit to the end of November. This will end our exhibits for 2010 since we will be closed for the month of December. It has been a busy year with the book project and our usual activities plus two national meetings.

We have an addition to the museum we will see if you can notice it when you come to visit. Lovella had to show me. There is always some thing new when I return from trips. We are always changing so come see us.


I met a gentlemen from the Philadelphia area on one of the tours at the preservation meeting that was intrigued by the southern women depicted in sculptures and portraits at the various sites. He asked me and the other southern women present how these women became so prominent in our history. We all looked at him and said together, they assumed the power and leadership. We encouraged him to read about southern women and summarized to him that we are not shy. Interesting observation by him and one I had not really thought about and I guess I just assume that was the way of the world. Strong pioneer women

On that note here are some important women from history that did historic things in November:
  1. in 1872, four days after she led a march to Rochester's city hall to demand that she be registered to vote, Susan B. Anthony defies the law by casting a ballot in a New York election.
  2. in 1864 southern diarist Mary Chestnut writes of home life in the waning days of the civil War: "A thousand dollars has slipped through my fingers already this week. At the commissaries I spent five hundred today for sugar, candles, a lamp. When the chimney of the lamp cracks, we plaster up the place with paper, thick letter paper, preferring the highly glazed kind, In that hunt queer old letters come to light."
  3. in 1880 celebrated French actress Sarah Bernhardt makes her American debut at the age of thirty-six in Dumas Fils's La Dame aux Camelias. It is the first of ten American visits for Bernhardt, most of which are billed as farewell tours.
  4. in 1928 Anthropologist Margaret Mead arrives in Ta'u, Samoa, to begin research for her book Coming of Age in Samoa, which will influence the way generations of Americans view child-rearing practices.
  5. in 1865 Mary Edward Walker, the first female surgeon in the U.S. Army and a Confederate prisoner of war for four months, becomes the only woman to be awarded the Medal of Honor. The award is revoked by a review board but restored posthumously.

This was election week, another historic election for America. I hope we did good.

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