Archive for January, 2012

Monday, February 6, 2012

7:00-9:00 pm

National Museum of Natural History

Baird Auditorium

10th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW

Metro: Smithsonian/Federal Triangle

NPR’s Tell Me More host Michel Martin and Prof. Annette Gordon-Reed, Prof. of Law, Harvard University, and Pulitzer Prize-Winning author of The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family will discuss the lives of six slave families living at Monticello alongside Jefferson and his family. They will also explore ideas about how Thomas Jefferson and the 11 other American Presidents who owned slaves could have used the power of their office to end slavery and improve the lives of free black communities across the U.S., and chose not to. This program is based on the exhibition, Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty. Copies of The Hemingses of Monticello, and Andrew Johnson will be available for sale and signing. The event is free and open to the public on a first come-first seated basis. Please call 202/633-0070 for more information.

via NMAAHC – Home Page.


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Visual Thinking Magic

Visual Thinking: Not Just About Pictures | Visual Thinking Magic, written by Adam Sicinski on January 26, 2012 ·

While working through the process of visual thinking, it’s easy to come to the conclusion that visual thinking is predominantly about drawing pictures. While this is true to a certain degree, I would like to however broaden the idea of what a picture is — at least in terms of how it relates to visual thinking.

A picture is any type of graphical or organizational tool you use that helps you to represent your thoughts and ideas in a visual way.

via Visual Thinking: Not Just About Pictures | Visual Thinking Magic.

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The More Things Change….

…the more they stay the same.

“…After the…bubble burst…they were eager to go wherever new opportunities presented themselves.  The biggest losers were the newcomers and the chronic poor who had tried to get rich quick.  Speculation…had driven the price up so fast that houses and businesses were mortgaged to the hilt…when the craze stopped abruptly and paralyzed commerce…”

What does it sound like we are talking about here?  Can you fill in the missing words?  Does it in part sound rather like events you yourself might have witnessed in recent years?

A tulip, known as “the Viceroy”, displayed in a 1637 Dutch catalog, cost a minimum of ten times the annual earnings of a skilled craftsman.

The year?  1637.  The place?  Netherlands.  The passage is from Our New Netherlands Immigrant Ancestors by Virginia Carpenter Jansen,[1]talking about tulip mania’s effect on Dutch immigrants: “Our New Netherlands immigrants that came to America were from Belgium, Germany and Norway as well as from Holland and other Dutch provinces. Most went to the booming city of Amsterdam to find work or to escape religious persecution. They lived there less than a generation before they moved again to the New World during the period 1632 to 1665.  After the bubble burst they were eager to go wherever new opportunities presented themselves…”

[1] Jansen, Virginia Carpenter. “Chapter 27. Westfall Ancestry of the Jansen Daughters.” Westfall Emigrants to America. webpages.charter.net/gjansen/famwes.htm (accessed April 4, 2011).

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From the Irish Civil War to the American Revolution, and from the African nation of Cameroon to the Republic of Bulgaria, Season 3 of Who Do You Think You Are? will take you all over the world and inside the fascinating family histories of 12 celebrities.

Learn more on NBC.com

Watch a preview

Whose stories will you discover this season?

[Above from an email release by Ancestry.com]

This year I again helped to research an episode.  The details of each story remain a secret until the episode airs.  However, even knowing the details of my own research last year, I could not tell which episode I had worked on until I watched it…what fun…how we genealogists love a mystery!   So, this season I will again be following every episode with the same anticipation as everyone else…or perhaps with even greater anticipation…waiting to see into whose ancestry my piece of the story fits!

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