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My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.

Monday, September 18, 2017

St. Johnsbury, Vermont Sites with Tigers, and Bears, Oh My

A recent visit to St. Johnsbury, Vermont to see a library surprised me because I then discovered there were a lot more things to see in this lovely city. I hope to prove it by sharing my photos.
Within a few blocks of entering St. Johnsbury, Caledonia Co., Vermont,  we came across the Maple Grove Farms Sugar House Museum. The factory is behind the sign, and unfortunately, they stopped giving factory tours about seven years ago. The museum is behind where I stood for this photo, but they do give out samples of maple candy.

Downtown streets.



Welcome Center, St. Johnsbury
The Chamber of Commerce, Town Clerk and Treasurer's Office are housed in the old Railroad Station, shown below.


Town clerk's office to the right.
(We toured the museum, but didn't go to the planetarium, due to time constraints.)







2nd floor. The ceiling was amazing.

Numbers 17 (Athenaeum) and 3 (Fairbanks Museum) were circled by a Vermont visitor's center employee on route 91. Whole map of area not shown above.



My previous post covers the beautiful Library also known as an Athenaeum. Visiting this building is a must! Please read about it.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

An Athenaeum -- A great combination of Art, Books, and a Poole's Corner!


About a year ago, somebody told me I should visit the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum and Library because it is so beautiful. But, a visit to St. Johnsbury, Vermont would take a little planning because of the distance from Massachusetts, and I wanted to incorporate the visit with a possible trip to Canada. As we all do, I googled for some city information, and saw photos of the inside...the library was beautiful, but oh, I didn't know about all the art work, and their world famous 10 x 15 foot masterpiece by Albert Bierstadt. Then, I read that my ancestor, William Frederick Poole had a hand in selecting the first books for the library! So, with all those reasons, I knew I had to visit. And visit soon, since the painting, The Domes of the Yosemite, painted 1867, would be moved soon to have conservation work done and would return in the summer, 2018.
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum
1171 Main Street
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
802-748-8291

The above large room is the art gallery with art and sculpture displayed everywhere you looked throughout the library. The masterpiece in the center, The Domes of the Yosemiteis by Albert Bierstadt and is moved out from the wall for inspection and a future move from the building to have conservation work done on it. The YouTube short video explains the work that needs to be done (very interesting).

View is from the art gallery looking towards the library.
Below, shows five views of the beautiful architecture. 




All the windows have wooden interior shutters, to block out the sunlight and the walls are black walnut. "The floors are two kinds of wood: black walnut and ash." Per the director.

I was informed that the library catalogue was printed in 1875, and about 8,000 books of the books listed were recommended to the first director of the Athenaeum by my 2nd great-grandfather, William Frederick Poole. One of the librarians, Shara, told me the book, Catalogue of the Library of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum was online, and allowed me to take a picture of her hard copy. Use the link above to view. Per Wikipedia: "The library’s book collection, originally consisting of 8,000 finely bound volumes selected with the advice of the noted bibliographer W.F. Poole, has been expanded to include nearly 45,000 volumes." 
My husband and I returned to the library a second day, because I had more questions and had to retake a few photos. It was fortunate that we did, because I got to meet Bob Joly, the Athenaeum Director. I mentioned my ancestor, and he knew exactly who he was. As a matter of fact, mentioned the Poole corner, just a few feet from where we were standing! I was told the books (see above) are part of the original collection that Mr. Poole recommended to the library. There about 1,000 in storage, and all are originals with leather binding. Eventually, they will be brought back into the library. Finding new information about his life is pretty exciting, and is something I can now share with my other Poole cousins.


One of several reading rooms. (Poole's corner on right.)

Portrait of Horace Fairbanks*
I love the old file cabinets, filled with cards from years gone by. 
Entrance to the second floor, non-fiction books are there.

* From Wikipedia: Horace Fairbanks (March 21, 1820 – March 17, 1888) was an American politician and the 36th Governor of Vermont from 1876 to 1878.
In 1871 Fairbanks presented to St. Johnsbury the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, which incorporates a free public library containing 8,000 volumes and an art gallery. He was a trustee of the University of Vermont and Andover Academy.
His brother Franklin was Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives, and their philanthropic activities in St. Johnsbury and throughout Vermont led to creation of the Fairbanks Museum and the endowment of numerous libraries and other institutions.

The Athenaeum is a few blocks from this spot. In a few days, I'll write about other things to see in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. The post has been written and is called, "St. Johnsbury, Vermont Sites with Tigers, and Bears, Oh My" as seen on the previous link.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Great Animation Showing Two Centuries of U.S. Immigration

Two Centuries of U.S. Immigration (1 dot = 10,000 people)

(Click on above link.)

Here’s Everyone Who’s Immigrated to the U.S. Since 1820

Use the controls at the bottom to stop / resume the animation or to move back and forth in time."

Thanks to Robert Forrant, facebook friend from Lowell, MA who posted this yesterday. Sharing was encouraged, and I thought some genealogy friends would enjoy seeing this.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

President Lincoln Died in Pvt. Clark's Room...See Clark's Unusual Shaped Tombstone

President Abraham Lincoln died in a room that belonged to a Lowell, MA resident, Pvt. William Tilton Clark. When I discovered several years ago that Pvt. Clark was buried in Lowell, Massachusetts, I knew I had to locate his stone in the city I now live. Please read what was written on FindAGrave (below) for an interesting account, to see his photo and learn what Pvt. Clark took that belonged to President Lincoln. A link to a 2010 Boston.com newspaper article, "Lincoln’s boots made journey to Lynn," gives the history about all the artifacts that Clark took and what happened to them in Lynn, MA. Very interesting article.

I have taken several hundred cemetery photos for this blog, and there still can be surprises when I go searching for stone, but this one was among the most difficult to find.

What steps did I take to locate it?

1. Checked FindAGrave. Yes, nice write up and photo of stone. However, it was taken in 2005, and the photo was rather clear, so I thought it would be a piece of cake to find.

2. Went to the Cemetery, and met with a cemetery employee who told me where the burial site was. This is a huge cemetery, you always should try to get directions first. Map and photos of the Lowell Cemetery.

3. Couldn't locate it, went another day with husband, who usually has good luck, and better eyes. But had to go back to the office for the exact location drawn on a map (the plot number was of no use to me without the map).

4. Found it! So what was the problem? The shape of the stone determined what it looked like from two side views. The picture below shows the full design, and the following two photos show a shot from each angle. Figure 2 is the angle taken in 2005 by the FindAGrave photographer.

Figure 1
See distance from the Chapel.

Figure 2.
Stone covered in shadows


William T. Clark
Died Apr. 4, 1888
Boston
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
(My image shows death date as April 1, so I looked up his death record, just to be sure it was the 4th.)

Figure 3
Another view, with family members listed.

Other views, still with shadows.

Below is the Peterson House at 453 Tenth Street, Washington, DC
My photo taken in 1975. Wish I had taken more of the photograph.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Philadelphia's Great City Hall - One of the 10 most beautiful city halls in the U.S.


Imagine a city hall with 700 rooms. This place is huge. Interesting history may be seen at

An article found on facebook caught my eye today, titled, "The 10 most beautiful city halls in the U.S." Memories of my trip to the top in 2012 were shared on one of my older blogs. Since it made the top 10 in the article, I'm posting, just in case you want to visit or see if your city hall is on the list.

We saw the mayor, Michael Nutter, 98th mayor, run down all these stairs.

Lovely tiled hallway, almost ghost-like, without a person around.


Clock tower, where few tourists go. I was very fortunate that I was  able to see all 4 clocks. If I remember correctly, only 4 visitors at a time. We were there during a week in February. The entire building is closed on weekends and holidays.




37-foot bronze statue of William Penn.