Saturday, April 11, 2009

Long Overdue Update of Events

I cannot believe it has been 2 months since I last posted any updates from my research. I have been swamped with John Brown events and articles and research, Oh My!

Things that have occupied my time lately:

Saratoga CA March 8, 2009

I had the pleasure and great honor of speaking to a standing room (100+/-) only audience at the Saratoga Historical Museum in Saratoga, CA. It was very exciting to speak to such a large and obviously interested group of people about John Brown and the Family. My dad, Paul, and brother, James, also attended and saw the fun and excitement of these types of gatherings for the first time. My dad had a blast having his picture taking with every woman in the museum.

The museum display on Mary Brown and Family was informative and full of great information. I had the opportunity to spend a few minutes with my good friend, Jean Libby. I accessed the Brown research files and spent a few wonderful hours reviewing the contents, and gathering new information for my tree and research.

I met Gen Guracar, the women who organized the Bi-Centennial Quilt Project that Grandma Keesey participated in, and from which Jean Libby found my family. I also met Damon Nalty's widow, and we are in discussions about me working on the book that he did not get to finish prior to his death. More info to follow!

Article about the museum (and me) is here