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June 2017 Source Guide
Places: Words in a Silent World
People: Rediscovering Kelso
Sitting in the Garden
When warm weather arrived, our ancestors relaxed outdoors on stumps, turf benches, and chairs hauled from the house. With the advent of the green-painted Windsor, garden furniture evolved into its own specialty.
Stories in the Walls
Until well into the 19th Century, those who could afford a stately brick house relied on brickmakers who crafted and laid bricks by hand. Fingerprints and other marks fired into the bricks can provide clues that help date early buildings.
Built to Last: America's Canals
The cutting-edge technology of the 1820s, canals linked seaports to the nation’s interior, spreading not only commerce but new cities, people, ideas, even hellfire, across the country. They persist—some still hauling freight, others giving a sample of a classic alternate lifestyle.
See You at Our Cape
More than a century ago, an enterprising merchant grafted a house to an old Cape—naturally, on Cape Cod—to make a boarding house for vacationers. Carol and Tom Garvey continue the tradition of hosting guests in what’s now their summer home, which once belonged to Carol’s British grandparents.
In Praise of the Poysoned Weed
Colonists made use of everything they could find, including a plant John Smith called the “poysoned weed.” It was so lovely and had so many virtues—ink, animal trap, dye plant, even cure-all medicine—they shipped it back to Europe, where (like here) poison ivy remains a plague.
Two Homes, One Name
Besides sharing family ties, the Van Cortlandt House in The Bronx and the Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, share a history of owners who built successful businesses and served their new nation in war and peace.
Reviving the Continental Navy
By age five, Bryan Andrews had joined a Revolutionary War re-enactment group and began studying the movement of goods by water. Now eighteen, the high-school senior has turned his research into action, organizing and outfitting the Western Squadron of the Continental Navy to teach us about this little-known aspect of the fight for independence.