The Poorhouse Story NEWSLETTER 7/4/2001 (Eleventh issue)
HAVE A HAPPY & SAFE -- FOURTH OF JULY
Well, I got swamped by life and this newsletter is late ... again. (So what's new about that?)
Moving is probably nobody's favorite experience. But for a dyslexic research junkie with a day job that requires lots of travel ... it is a nightmare. I started moving into the new place on the 9th of June and didn't have to be out of the old place until the 23rd. That was supposed to make it easy. Never happened ... the easy part, that is ... ! I am out of the old place and in the new place; but most of my life remains in as-yet-not-unpacked boxes. And I can't see any time in the near future when they may get unpacked.
The upside of this may be that every single object in my personal physical universe has now been looked at, judged, and found either worthy of saving, wanting to go in the trash, or simply needing to be cleaned up. Plato said, "The life which is unexamined is not worth living." Whew. Thank you, Plato. And so ... a conscious move makes life worth living? Right. Maybe ... after the ibuprofen kicks in and the boxes finally get unpacked. And when all those new resolutions to live better ... resulting from those recent moments of "What was I thinking/doing ?" ... actually get implemented.
And speaking of What was I thinking? ... Last month I shared a rather private family story with the feeling that only those of you who read this newsletter were likely to read it anyway. Remember the little essay called "Funny-Looking Family Trees" which I mentioned I had posted on the CLASSROOM CORNER page? Well, on Thursday (May 31st) it was mentioned in the Rootsweb newletter, Missing Links ... and about 3,000 people visited our website that day to read it! So much for intimate little shares on the internet. Yikes! (I will try not to let that kind of audience size get to me. Otherwise I may wind up like the centipede who, when someone called his attention to how many legs he actually had to move in order to walk, was paralyzed with confusion ... till he forgot about it. I'm trying to forget about it.)
And some kinds of acknowledgement feel real good. The print magazine (remember when we didn't have to make that distinction?) Family Tree Magazine in their August issue (which hit bookstores June 26th?) named The POORHOUSE STORY one of the 101 Best New Web Sites for Tracing Your Roots! [Click on that link to go see the rest of the list; there are lots of real goodies.] The PHS wouldn't be on that list without the work of all of you volunteers who take time to locate poorhouse information and send it to us. So ... pat yourselves on the back!
Enjoy your 4th of July! (as you celebrate Independence Day)
Linda (& Maddie, too)
Table of STATISTICS and NEW ITEMS ADDED to The PHS Website
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Visits to The POORHOUSE STORY
(based on readers submissions)
The Wythe County [Virginia] Poor Farm (which is being lived in and preserved as a museum by Sarah & Abner "Junior" Graham) celebrated several milestones on June 16th. Covering the dedication of a highway marker noting the historic value of this poorhouse, and the dedication of a cemetery marker in a wonderful celebration ... complete with photo album ... was FUN! It feels really good to be able to acknowledge folks who are "doing the right thing" instead of having to report on the loss of poorhouse history in some communities.
(We didnít create them;
we just show them!)
of the Muscatine County Home Cemetery --
|NEWS ALERTS||Wythe County [Virginia] Poor Farm named to National Register of Historic Places|
|Picture Postcards/Photos/Illustrations||CT||New London|
|In 1882 the Newport Poor House and Farm on the 92-acre Coasters Harbor Island was donated to the Navy by the City of Newport and the State of Rhode Island on the condition that the site would be used for the training of recruits. [This postcard shows a row of canons along the water at that Naval Training Station at Newport, Rhode Island.]||RI||Newport|
|Old photo of the clearing
of the land for the
building of this Forest County Poor Farm ... in a county which was appropriately named!
|Notes: from Readers/Local/Historical||IA||Wapello|
|Ever wonder what an old time
Overseer of the Poor
and Superintendent of a Poor Farm
You've gotta see this! >>>>>>
Formal Portrait Photo
Leicester [Worcester County] Massachusetts
|Historical Memorabilia||IL||Iroquois (commemorative plate)|
|SEE THIS WONDERFUL PAINTING! >>>||NC||Entitled "Headquarters of Vincent Collyer, at New Berne, N.C.---Distributing Captured Clothing to the Needy" -- this is an illustration from 'The Soldier in Our Civil War' published in about 1880.|
This is the largest project which the PHS Volunteers have undertaken yet! They did GREAT!
(Still some more counties to be posted later.)
To read about this program which was undertaken during the 1930s and 40s by the Works Progress Administration,
see these notes off the Ohio page.
|OHIO||New addition: none|
|Then ... it grew!
Carolyn Feroben took up the effort and searched for such inventoried records in California .... by the way, not an easy state in which to find them. She is publishing them first on the CA-RECORDS e-mail list and then sharing them with PHS.
|CA||Previously Published: Santa Clara/Fresno/San Francisco|
|CA||New addition: none|
|This is not an interment
list, but a very
helpful history and description of the cemeteries used by the poorhouse. It was sent by the Allegany County Historian.
Resident lists from CENSUS
(new material or off-site links to the web)
Poorhouse in Literature
||Didn't have any time to read any new books! PHL|
|STATE ARCHIVES Holdings||new||Bob Sherman, a professional historian who works for the Rhode Island Historical Society has provided us with a very instructive lesson in how to find poorhouse historical information and records throughout the state. This is an extremely helpful and very specific document which lists the nature and location of many, many records|