From the 1850’s to the 1930’s, more than 250,000 orphans from New York City and Boston were sent westward. The train made many stops along the way as married couples picked out the boy or girl they wanted. Michigan was one of many middle western states to take in 12,500 children from 3 to 16 […]
Amazing film from 1956 of a the Abraham Lincoln Assassination eyewitness.
Amazing film from 1956 of an eyewitness of the Abraham Lincoln Assassination. The panelists on this show were, left to right (in order of appearance): Bill Cullen, Jayne Meadows, Henry Morgan, and Lucille Ball. The host was Garry Moore. Samuel Seymour was only five years old when he saw President Lincoln assassinated. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB4LNKNDhS8 A Milwaukee Sentinel […]
Amelia Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 and disappeared July 2, 1937
Amelia Mary Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart disappeared in 1937 on an attempted round-the-world flight. People have been searching for her remains and her plane ever since A recent news report announced that a piece of riveted aluminum found in 1991 may likely be from her plane. Sophisticated imagery, not available […]
White, pink or red dogwood trees – Which do you prefer?
GOTCHA! BY INEZ MCCOLLUM It’s time for those beautiful dogwoods to bloom! The buds are popping, ready to open. As I look at them, I have special memories of two dogwood trees that bloom in my yard. Actually before those two, a volunteer dogwood tree came up at the back of our home and grew […]
Are you planning what to do on spring break, yet? Here’s a typical one from the 1950s – Oh the memories!
1950s Spring Break Vacation by Jean Butterworth In the fifties my Dad purchased a brand new 1950 streamline Chevrolet automobile. Our family planned a Spring Break vacation from Tuscaloosa, around the upper half of Florida, and down the east coast to Miami and back home on the western side of Florida. We invited two friends […]
A Valentine story – Endless Love – this will bring tears to your eyes
An Endless Love by Christie Seiler Boeke Bob, thinking back on our life together, it is impossible for me to remember a time when you were not a part of me. Bob and Christie 1949 I know I am who I am because of you. Your steady and sustaining love and companionship during all the […]
Migrant workers in Michigan – 1940 photographs of a largely invisible population
Since hand labor is still necessary for the production of the blemish-free fruits and vegetables that consumers demand, migrant workers shift from place to place picking fruits and vegetables to feed a hungry nation. Although invisible to most people, the presence of migrant farm workers in many rural communities throughout the nation is undeniable. Today, between […]
Miss Celie was the Medicine Woman in Kentucky
What is in your medicine cabinet? When I was a child, there was no medicine cabinet – just a box with Vicks Salve, rubbing alcohol, Musterole for chest colds, Castor oil, Syrup of Pepsin and maybe cod liver oil. But then there was Miss Celie! I must describe her before you meet her. She was […]
Can you guess the name of this famous star?
She was world famous star, but was very shy, had few friends, drove around in a battered old car, and only spent around a hundred dollars a week of her $7,500 weekly salary. Do you know the name of this famous actress? Here are some additional clues. Her father died when she was fourteen, leaving […]
Root hog or die, – these photographs show how the people of Missouri survived the Great Depression
The Great Depression and drought hit the people of Missouri, the ‘Show Me” state, hard just as in other states. However, the people found a way to survive in the rural sections. Some of the ways they made do with whatever they had is pretty amazing. These photographs ‘show’ how life was in 1936 for many […]