Saturday, January 23, 2016

News and Views

News and Views
 Another viewer weighed in on the Society’s Christmas card debate:
Andy J: Thank you for your season's greetings card.  Very much appreciated.
       I love old greeting cards.  Some of the oldest and best say "Happy Holidays" or "Season's Greetings" because the Season and the Holidays refer to the four weeks of Advent leading up to Christmas Day AND the 12 Days of Christmas from Christmas Day to the Day before Epiphany (January 6th).  Christmas is, indeed, a Season, many days long, and celebrations go on for more than just one day.
        The terms "Season's Greetings" and "Happy Holidays" aren't some politically correct plot to be nice to non-Christians, although that does seem like an awfully good idea to me!  You know, the Golden Rule kind of thing!  Good Grief!

And still another reader avoided the whole issue by focusing on the photograph. They remembered Ms Gould, because the reader’s father had hauled Ms. Gould’s horses and buggy to various horse shows.

So if you don’t know what we are discussing, next time you get an email from Lawrence Lore, you might want to open it…..just saying.  It could be controversial, even if it just looks like a simple Holiday or Christmas card as the case may be….


The website Lawrence Lore keeps being noticed by others as well. An Indiana Bicentennial Legacy project called 200 Years Along the Wabash has requested information that we have about Steamboats on the Wabash. John K and Kaye F have been doing research on the steamboats since this will be another one of our companion exhibits for the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit Water/Ways.  One of our volunteers, Ellen W  is constructing a small replica of a steamship, and we plan on having Robert Swenson speak at one of the programs offered during the fall.  Bob is an architect and retired professor at SIU as well as a historian on the construction of steamboats. 

Even the Sumner Press commented on an article about Red Hills that had been published on the blog.

After reading about Kevin B’s WWI research A Jones opened a dialogue with him about her great uncle Horace Granville Jones. He is listed as having died of disease at LeMans France on Sept 19,1918 but is buried in Lawrenceville cemetery. It is somewhat unusual that his remains were brought back to Lawrence County as most soldiers who died there were interred in France.

Another reader inquired about whether we would be offering any cemetery tours this summer. At the present time, obits continue to be collected by Rose R (in fact an entire room at the new genealogy library is dedicated to housing our collection) but with the Smithsonian coming in the fall, the volunteers have their hands full.  Hopefully this popular and entertaining way to pass a morning or afternoon at one of Lawrence County’s historic cemeteries will be back on the calendar for next year.

K Redmond inquired about adding photos and corrections to the Centerville Cemetery database. Kevin B is collecting those now, and will download them in the near future. So check back often for updates.  Click here to see Database

Flossie P enjoyed the article about organized religion in the Black Community and praised Larry C and John K for their hours of research.  Larry C has discovered more information about an early church used by blacks on Allison Prairie close to Day Cemetery, and will hopefully develop that more fully into an article. Click here to see more Black History.

Jim A has offered an article that he has written about Family Tree Maker, and the company’s announcement of that they would cease supporting this popular program. Jim offers some advice and solutions to genealogists who are now faced with deciding what to do.  The informative article will either be published on the blog or in a future newsletter for members.  


The membership chairman (I Jackman) reminds everyone to pay their dues for 2016, as the January issue of the newsletter will be sent soon to members only. The articles in the newsletter are different from the ones on the blog, but that is not the only reason to become a member. (Although I do know there is a photograph of an exciting 'Railroad' find this month.)  Dues are our main source of income.  The sale of books and donations are the other ways we stay ‘afloat.’ With the Smithsonian Exhibit coming and the addition of our new building’s expenses we need every dollar we can.  Please support us. (We made it convenient to pay by Paypal just click here­)