“The Father of his Country”

March brings an unusual confluence of poetry and politics. On March 4, 1789, the U.S. Constitution came into effect as the governing document for the newly formed nation. March 21 is recognized as World Poetry Day and March 24 marks 138 years since the death of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-82), who was one of 19thContinue reading ““The Father of his Country””

“Home is the Starting Place”

I was reminded of this photograph after seeing that St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on March 17. It’s an image that is published on page 30 of my book Weir Farm National Historic Site (Arcadia Publishing). My book tells the story of Julian Alden Weir (1852-1919), who is one of the founders of American Impressionist painting.Continue reading ““Home is the Starting Place””

Attic Clock

Don’t forget that on March 8, all the clocks will “spring forward” for daylight saving time. The time will move ahead by one hour and we’ll lose an hour of sleep. But we’ll gain extra sunlight and the pleasure of knowing that spring is near – it arrives on March 19 to be exact. TheContinue reading “Attic Clock”

Longfellow’s Smoking Jacket

To celebrate Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s birthday on February 27, I thought I would present an image that has never been displayed in public or printed before. Indeed, even the subject of the photograph is a very rare sight. One of the things I enjoy about being commissioned by the National Park Service, is the opportunityContinue reading “Longfellow’s Smoking Jacket”

Fort Warren Demilune

In working with the National Park Service, I get to visit many interesting places. The experience is also an educational adventure. I never heard of a “Demilune” before until I was commissioned to photograph Fort Warren and other sites at Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. The fort is a National Historic Landmark dating backContinue reading “Fort Warren Demilune”

Washington’s Conference Room – Fireback

For Presidents’ Day, I thought I’d offer this image, which has never been seen before other than by National Park Service personnel. Nor has it ever been printed or publicly exhibited. Even during a tour, it would not be possible to get a clear, head-on view of this cast iron fireback. The photograph is partContinue reading “Washington’s Conference Room – Fireback”

Theodore Roosevelt’s “Entertainment Center”

The North Room of TR’s “Summer White House” was a place he designed for meeting with heads of state and other dignitaries. The room, especially the Northeast corner, was used as a modern day version of what we would call a family entertainment center. The Victrola record player was acquired sometime after 1910. Here, TRContinue reading “Theodore Roosevelt’s “Entertainment Center””

Weir House Living Room – Valentine’s Day Heart

This fireplace is one of two in the living room of Julian Alden Weir’s house in Connecticut. Weir (1852-1919) is one of the founders of American Impressionist painting and his farmstead has been preserved as Connecticut’s first National Park site. You can read more about this fireplace on page 57 of my book Weir FarmContinue reading “Weir House Living Room – Valentine’s Day Heart”

From the Boston Harbor Islands Collection

The 39 acres of Georges Island is just over seven miles from Boston and the site of Fort Warren, a National Historic Landmark dating back to 1847. The fort remained in use for 100 years, including service as a Civil War prison where it held Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens. The site is partContinue reading “From the Boston Harbor Islands Collection”

From the Washington’s Headquarters Collection

The Ford Mansion at Sunrise Another iconic president with strong ties to a home is George Washington. The Ford Mansion in New Jersey was his military headquarters during the winter encampment of 1779-80. It is now the site of Morristown National Historical Park. I was very motivated to create this photograph. As a night-person, itContinue reading “From the Washington’s Headquarters Collection”