Family Portrait 1863

Family Portrait 1863

Kitty, Steven and Jasper Anthony
Labor Day weekend Ohio Village hosted a vintage baseball tournament. Teams came from all over and we were fortunate that photographer, Bruce Schultz came up from Louisiana to make real tintype photographs in his studio tent. Here is a link to his site for more information about his work.

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Audiobooks, Podcasts, & More

I’ve been enjoying listening to learn more about the people, events, changes and challenges both large and small before, during, and after the Civil War. Here are some Audiobooks and Podcasts I recommend:

Yale University Open Course on iTunes U  Continue reading

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Graceanna Lewis

Graceanna Lewis

Our characters have been approved for the village! Much of our research was done at The Ohio State University Rare Books collection. What an amazing resource!
My characters’ early life is based on Graceanna Lewis, a Quaker naturalist from Pennsylvania.

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Sarah Ayers Ingraham Gage

Sarah Ayers Ingraham Gage

b-1813, d-1885, was 50 years old in 1863, possible date for this photo is 1873 or 1880. Newly married Sarah Ayers Ingraham Gage and her husband William “Big Bill” Gage were the first white settlers in Holly Township Michigan, traveling from New Hampshire by covered wagon, and played an important role in the formation of the area. Continue reading

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Sewing Supported the Civil War

Needle and thread were important tools for women in supporting and giving comfort to soldiers. The last gift a mother, wife, or other female relative often gave to a departing soldier was a sewing kit, called a “housewife”, that they made for him to carry to repair his uniform. Women gathered in church halls and parlors to sew the vast quantities of bed shirts and linens needed for the wounded. The work likely gave them some solace and a chance to share news as they gathered to work. Read more in Ardeana Hamlin’s article at Bangor Daily News.


“Women contributed to the war effort in innumerable ways. Women’s domestic work, including sewing, took on new meaning when their labors were destined to assist soldiers.”  Selection from “The Influence of Woman”, Harper’s Weekly, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries
Link to online archive of the exhibition “Women on the Border: Maryland Perspectives of the Civil War”.

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