CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

October 15, 2008

DOING HISTORICAL RESEARCH IN PHILADELPHIA

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

DOING HISTORICAL RESEARCH IN PHILADELPHIA

In September, my husband Monte and I spent twenty-eight days traveling along the northeastern seacoast. My journaling began in Philadelphia and ended in the mountains of New Hampshire. As I look back, three strands braided themselves together, forming the story of our travels: first, research, second cemeteries and third, people— family, old friends and new friends. The post below relates our experiences doing research in Philadelphia. It will be followed with posts on research in Maine, cemeteries and people.

     Our research journey began in Philadelphia, where I’d seen a reference listing the Historical Society of Pennsylvania as being the repository of the Bingham Papers. In the 1790s, William Bingham had purchased the Penobscot lands in the Maine territory of what was then Massachusetts. When Henry Knox and William Duer, the previous land proprietors, had gone “belly-up,” the land was returned to the state, freeing it as a land speculation for Bingham.
     However, the Bingham purchase wasn’t my only interest. I’m writing a historical journal article profiling a female French émigré, Madame, whose goal it was to create a French colony in (more…)

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March 1, 2008

AMERICA’S FIRST MANNED HOT AIR BALLOON

The cheers rising from inside Washington Prison Yard walls were soon followed by yells of pleasure from the multitudes of people gathered beyond the prison walls. The overflow crowd covered the city’s vacant lots and housetops, as well as on the hills for miles around. Half the city’s population was present.

It was mid-morning, January 9, 1793. The shops were closed, no trades were made and no business was being undertaken. Starting at sunrise, cannons discharged incessantly. An atmosphere of celebration and anticipation surrounded the city of Philadelphia.

Shortly after ten the crowd’s excitement peaked, (more…)

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