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Travel and Transportation in Early Wayne County

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Part One – Traveling the National Road The origins of the National Road (also known then as the Cumberland Road) go back well before the birth of our nation. Other roads…

Garfield Arch in the Arboretum

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The beautiful stone arch in Hayes Arboretum on the west side of the park and visible from Elks Country Club Road is one of those little mysteries around Richmond. The arch…

The Bag Lady

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A recent request to the reference team at MRL led to a woman I had forgotten about but who frequently was seen around Richmond in the past – Ethel Gibson, AKA…

Shakespeare Tercentenary Pageant 1916

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Richmond in 1916 celebrated 300 years since the Bard’s death with an all-day sampling of his works.  As the cover states, it was “Presented by ALL OF RICHMOND for  ALL OF RICHMOND” and…

Shoe-a-Rama on South 6th

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“…co-owner of a shoe store” read a small section of the obituary, but, as many of us know, there is often much more to a story than meets the eye. Violet…

Frontier Women in 1816 Indiana

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Part IV – Clothing the Family Among the many responsibilities an Indiana pioneer woman had, one of the most continuous, next to feeding her growing family, was keeping them clothed. Clothing…

Frontier Women in 1816 Indiana

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Part III – Health and Childbirth For a woman in early Indiana, childbirth was a very real part of her life. More births were attended by female midwives than male doctors…

Frontier Women in 1816 Indiana

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Part II – Cooking There can be no argument that the bulk of the household chores on the frontier was the domain of the women and chief among these was the…

Frontier Women in 1816 Indiana

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Part I – The Frontier Home Life on the frontier of Indiana at the dawn of statehood was not easy for anyone. But the hardships were perhaps especially acute for the…

Early Gas Explosion

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Since several members of the Local History Team work on the Reference Desk, some of the posts on this blog will be about topics that originated with reference questions. Sometimes,…

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