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.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Boston Athenaeum -- A 6 Floor Tour of this Beautiful Building

Through these red doors is one of the most beautiful buildings I've ever been in, The Boston Athenaeum. From their website, "Founded in 1807, the Boston Athenæum is one of the oldest and most distinguished independent libraries and cultural institutions in the United States. For nearly half a century the Athenæum was the unchallenged center of intellectual life in Boston, and by 1851, had become one of the largest libraries in the United States. Today its collections comprise over half a million volumes, with particular strengths in Boston history, New England state and local history, biography, English and American literature, and the fine and decorative arts."

This was my 6th visit, but the first time to tour all five floors and basement during their annual Open House. Other visits were for first floor viewings, a book reading, a small exhibit to see Daniel Chester French: The Female Form Revealed last year, and a private short tour when I met with an archivist regarding my gg-grandfather's job there as the Librarian. I am not a member because of the cost ($345 annually for two) and the distance factor.

This is the place to go for genealogy and history research, I believe. Just check out the holdings and library tabs. One young man was taking a break in an aisle and was quite excited to see a 1918 city directory for New York City, he didn't know those existed!

The photos are in no particular order, and at the end of this post, there is a flyer cover and a map of the rooms. It was a rainy day, so some photos are a little dark.

Once you enter, you are assigned a box for pocketbooks, none allowed in the building. I had box #71, and I know there are more than that. Then proceed into the Bow Room (usually for members only) to register (below).

There were at least two patios, view is overlooking the Granary Burial Ground, and Boston.

Statue of Nathaniel Bowditch by Robert Ball Hughes (above and below) 2nd floor.

Along with the books, the Conservation Lab is located in the basement. (above and below)

The drum (above and below) houses over 80,000 books. Staff retrieves these books.

Following three photos taken on 3 different floors. View is of the Granary Burial Ground.

On a quiet day in July 2016 (above and below).

Note: I found three exciting things during my visit, and will share them in another post.

On a Rainy Sunday Afternoon, Nothing is Better than Flowers!

I have written about the Stevens-Coolidge Place in North Andover, MA three times, the most recent post was last year when the estate had it's first open house. However, not all rooms were available to see. Last month, the house was open for it's "Rooms in Bloom" event, and going was a perfect thing to do om a gloomy Sunday afternoon. Good decision, because this time I got to see the pantry and kitchen. The local garden clubs had floral displays in each room, which brightened up the afternoon.

Previous posts of this house are at the end of the post. If you live in the area or want to visit, the grounds are open year-round and you are free to walk around. The house open just a few times a year.  Parking is across the street.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Christmas on Main St. with Norman Rockwell in Stockbridge, MA

"Home for Christmas" by Norman Rockwell, December 1967
I took this photo, of the original painting.
On December 3, 2017, we went to the "28th Anniversary Recreation of Main Street at Christmas". I am quite certain the afternoon would have almost looked like the painting if it had snowed. The street was cleared of all cars, except for the many antique cars lining both sides of the street. Decorations were up, and the streets were packed with people walking, and horse drawn wagon rides. There were carolers, a food booth, and everybody passed through the Red Lion Inn, either to eat or browse. I am not a car lover, but I did take quite a few photos of them, including 3 of my husband, since he looked at every one! It wasn't dark enough to take night shots, unfortunately. Although the weather looked frightful, it was cool, no wind nor rain.

Front and back of the green truck.

I'm not sure why there were no room lights on, but perhaps because the original painting was done in winter, and the Inn was closed. Now, it is open year round.

The above photo was taken from the Inn porch, and the three below were inside the Inn.

Gift Shop

Cars began departing around 2:00.

Photo of the button above, cost $5.00 and gets you on to Main Street. The picture was done by Norman Rockwell for a Saturday Evening Post magazine, dated December 23,1944, cost .10. If I had known at the time, I would have looked for the original magazine cover, when we went to the Norman Rockwell museum.