Still working! Coming soon!
overdue, it is still a work-in-progress.
The revised, updated,
modernized and much more easily navigated version of The Poorhouse Story.
While we work on the new version ... this
version will remain functional but look pretty bad!
(But that's what remodeling always does, right?)
This current version will be
maintained while the work progresses. If you would like to learn more
if you would like to help with or support the effort please watch for more
details soon. (Or click above.)
Thanks for your patience.
Yes! There really was such a thing as a Poorhouse!
It was not just something your parents made up, like a boogeyman, to frighten you into saving your money and spending carefully and to discourage you from making excessive, greedy demands on the family budget.
County Poorhouses dotted the United States throughout most of the 1800s.
To provide a clearinghouse for information about 19th century American Poorhouses for ... history buffs, genealogists, teachers/students, and others with a similar interest.
to make records of all 19th century American Poorhouses accessible for genealogical or historical research
to remove the secrecy which shrouds the poorhouse
to make the history of the poorhouse more well known
to dispel the negative image attached to poorhouse residence
[This] will remind me of the ancestors' requirement of me:
"Tell them that you know of us," they say. I give them my word."
|Renee Kemp, "Appointment in Ghana"
in Modern Maturity Magazine, July-August 2000