Once Upon a Time in New York

When I was a kid in school, I always looked forward to the relatively rare times that they dragged the 16mm projector into the classroom to present a primitive A/V program. At least it was something different than the routine lecture format used for most schooling at the time. Fast forward to today, and you…

Adam Ruins Giving

If you are paying to receive cable TV channels, you may be getting TruTV as part of your subscription. If that’s true (no pun intended), you may already know about the phenomenon known as “Adam Ruins Everything,” where host Adam Conover takes on many sacred cows and long-held beliefs that he and his experts say…

You have to start somewhere

  When does it start? I’m part of the Baby Boom Generation, or at least the tail end of it. Now, when I walk through antique stores, my eyes and mind are constantly sifting through all the piles and displays looking for the toys and games that were a pleasurable part of my past. When…

You Can Befriend Your Pickers

I just finished watching a YouTube video featuring Mike Wolfe talking to Jim Mertens of WQPT, Iowa Public Television. Mike Wolfe is one of the “pickers” on the popular PBS TV show, American Pickers. Mike and his longtime friend Frank Fritz travel the country looking for artifacts that they can bring back to their retail…

History is yesterday, today, tomorrow…

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Lately, I’ve been on several photo shoots that have taken me to popular local restaurants. All of these restaurants were built on the bones of old houses dating back to the late 1800s. Because of the rules, codes, and regulations that govern the operation of food venues, many changes were…

Colonial Williamsburg in Financial Straits?

If you’re interested in Colonial Williamsburg and/or historic preservation and education, then make sure to read several accounts of the recent news coming from the world’s largest restoration village. I’ve read through four different accounts of the news and opinion on this subject just to get a handle on how and why the village finds…

Grants for Historic Preservation

It’s a shame that so many of the locally maintained historic structures that we pass on the road are not open to the public. Sure, they’ve been saved by concerned citizens in the neighborhood who have the best of intentions. Maybe the buildings are open for viewing a few hours a week, a month, or…

Color My World

My wife’s Grandpa Sam was a house painter by profession. At the time he was working, house painting was a job best left to professionals because you didn’t just walk into your local Home Depot and select a latex color from a palette offering thousands of choices. Grandpa Sam also specialized in stenciling, which required…

Volunteering

 I just checked on a popular search engine for the phrase “volunteering for historical societies” and I got almost three million listed results. The first few pages show that the need for volunteers extends way beyond just our borders, to such countries as Canada, Great Britain, and Australia. The evidence suggests that the funding gap faced…