Saturday, April 26, 2014

Saturday Serendipity (April 26, 2014)

After an absence last week while I was on a week-long visit to see and assist my parents, Saturday Serendipity returns this week in an abbreviated form.  I am back to visit my parents again this weekend, but . . . Here are a few recommendations for inclusion on your reading list this week:  

1.  Two interesting reads courtesy of The Vault. If you are a Little House on the Prairie fan, the first will interest you -- a letter from Rose Wilder replying to her mother Laura Ingalls Wilder about the first draft of one of the books on which they collaborated, By the Shores of Silver Lake. You can read about it and see the letter here.
2.  The second read at The Vault is a fascinating series of maps published in 1874 by Dr. Sidney Carney, the Associate Medical Director for New York Life Insurance Company.  The maps show the prevalence of five diseases across the eastern U.S. Dr. Carney tracked pneumonia, malaria, typhoid, rheumatism, and tuberculosis (then called "phthisis").  You can read more and see the maps here

3.  My parents celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary a little over a week ago making theirs the second longest I am aware of in the family genealogies.  This week there was a heart-warming piece about a note an 88-year-old man added to a birthday card for his wife of 67 years. You can see the card and the note he added here

4.   As we approach the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, we are seeing the start of a flood of interesting articles, posts and books about that devastating war and time.  From the NEHGS Weekly Genealogist is this link to a story of how the effects of an 18-year old who died in the Battle of the Somme were displayed after being locked away for 98 years.  See photos of the possessions and read about how and why they came to light after so long by going here.

5.  And finally, speaking of WWI, if you have ancestors or relatives that fought and maybe died in the "War To End All Wars," then you might be interested in the tours that are being organized to visit the great battle fields of that awful war.  NEHGS provided this link to an article about "coach tours" to the battlefields taking place this year.   
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Copyright 2014, John D. Tew
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1 comment:

  1. How wonderful he still loves her the same as when they met...