Monday, December 31, 2012

In Death Lamented with Sarah Nehama

In Death Lamented by Sarah Nehama on Fieldstone Common
In Death Lamented by Sarah Nehama



This Thursday on Fieldstone Common we will speak with jeweler, author and curator Sarah Nehama about In Death Lamented, an exhibit on mourning jewelry.
Sarah Nehama on Fieldstone CommonMourning jewels, tangible expressions of love and sorrow, are the focus of In Death Lamented on view at the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) through 31 January 2013. The exhibition features more than 80 objects representing some of the best examples of this type of jewelry. Exhibition highlights include the Society’s Adams-Winthrop commemorative seal ring containing the braided hair of John Quincy Adams and a gold memorial ring for Queen Caroline of Brandenburg-Ansbach.

The jewelry included in the exhibition illustrates some of the most exemplary types, from early gold bands with death’s head iconography to bejeweled brooches and the intricately woven hairwork pieces of the Civil War era. Displayed within the larger context of the mourning rites that our New England ancestors brought with them, these relics attest to the basic human emotion of grief and the need to remain connected to those gone before.

A full-color companion book, In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry features photographs and descriptions of all of the Nehama and MHS pieces, along with historical and stylistic backgrounds and essays pertaining to cultural practices around death and mourning in England and America.

About the Guest Curator and Author
Sarah Nehama is a designer/jeweler who works in precious metals and gemstones. She sells her work through galleries, at juried shows, and to private customers. Sarah has a degree in art history and studied jewelry making in Boston and New York. She is a collector of antique mourning and sentimental jewelry and currently resides in Boston.


Sunday, December 30, 2012

Show Notes - The Rhode Island Campaign with Christian McBurney

Following are some items that were mentioned during the 27 December 2012 Fieldstone Common interview with Christian McBurney, author of The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French and American Operation in the Revolutionary War.

The podcast of the interview is now available.


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The Rhode Island Campaign describes the occupation of Newport, Rhode Island and ensuing battles during the Revolutionary War. It represents the first joint engagement between American and French forces.

Some of the main characters during these events were

American Military

Major General John Sullivan


Major General Nathanael Greene

General Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette

British Military

Sir Robert Pigot

Major  General Francis Smith

Major General Richard Prescott

Hessian General Friedrich Wilhelm von Lossberg

French Military

Jean Baptiste Charles Henri Hector, comte d'Estaing



Westholme Publishing, the publisher of The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French and American Operation in the Revolutionary War donated two copies of the book that were given as a "door prizes" during the live show. One copy went to a listener in Oregon and the other to a listener in Massachusetts. A big thank you to the Westholme Publishing for  their generosity!




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Friday, December 28, 2012

The Rhode Island Campaign with Christian McBurney Now a Podcast

The most recent episode of Fieldstone Common featuring Christian McBurney, author of the book The Rhode Island Campaign:The First French and American Operation in the Revolutionary War is now available as a podcast.

The podcast can be played through the computer using your default media player (click play below) or downloaded to iTunes (also below).




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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Rhode Island Campaign with Christian McBurney



The Rhode Island Campaign by Christian McBurney on Fieldstone Common
LIVE: THURSDAY, 27 December 2012 at 1:00pm EST

This Thursday on Fieldstone Common we will speak with author Christian McBurney about The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French and American Operation in the Revolutionary War.

On July 29, 1778, a powerful French naval squadron sailed confidently to the entrance of Narragansett Bay. Its appearance commenced the first joint French and American campaign of the Revolutionary War. The new allies’ goal was to capture the British garrison at Newport, Rhode Island. With British resolve reeling from the striking patriot victory at Saratoga the previous autumn, this French and American effort might just end the war.

The Rhode Island Campaign by Christian McBurney on Fieldstone Common
Christian McBurney
The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French and American Operation of the Revolutionary War unravels one of the most complex and multi-faceted events of the war, one which combined land and sea strategies and featured controversial decisions on both sides. Many prominent patriots participated, including Nathanael Greene, Marquis de Lafayette, John Hancock, and Paul Revere. Most important, while the campaign’s failure led to harsh criticism of the French in some quarters, leaders such as Greene, Lafayette, and George Washington steadfastly worked to ensure that the alliance would remain intact, knowing that the next joint operation could well succeed. Relying on in-depth research from American, French, British, and German original sources, author Christian McBurney has written the most authoritative book on this fascinating episode in American history.

CHRISTIAN M. McBURNEY, a graduate of Brown University, is a partner in a Washington, DC, law firm. He is the author of several books and articles on early Rhode Island history, including A History of Kingston, Rhode Island, 1700–1900 and British Treatment of Prisoners During the Occupation of Newport, 1776–1779.

Show Notes - The Unofficial Family Archivist with Melissa Mannon

Following are some items that were mentioned during the 20 December 2012 Fieldstone Common interview with Melissa Mannon, author of The Unoffocial Family Archivist.

The podcast of the interview is now available.



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You can learn more about Melissa Mannon from her web page. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook. Her blog page, ArchivesInfo, is a great place to get the latest information on her thoughts and projects.

Melissa also has a group on Facebook called Life in Context. This is an open group so feel free to join if you are interested.

The group description reads as follows:
"This group is an outgrowth of the "Life in Context: Telling Your Story" workshop that is run collaboratively by Sue West of Space4U and Melissa Mannon of ArchivesInfo. "Life in Context" helps people explore the meaning of personal items and provides information about how to use objects as a launching point for telling valuable family and community stories."


Sue West is the colleague that Melissa Mannon has collaborated with on her Life in Context workshops. Sue is a Certified Organizer Coach and a Certified Professional Organizer who is based in New Hampshire.

ArchivesInfo the publisher of The Unofficial Family Archivist, donated two copies of the book that were given as "door prizes" during the live show. One copy went to a listener in Massachusetts and the other to a listener in California. A big thank you to the ArchivesInfo for  their generosity!



Fieldstone Common's sponsor is Houstory, makers of the Home History Book and the Heirloom Registry. Fieldstone Common listeners can take 15 % off their Heirloom Registry order by visiting the Heirloom Registry at www.heirloomregistry.com, and entering FIELDSTONE – in all caps – at checkout.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Unofficial Family Archivist Now Available as a Podcast

by Derrickkwa
The most recent episode of Fieldstone Common featuring Melissa Mannon, author of the book The Unofficial Family Archivist is now available as a podcast.

The podcast can be played through the computer using your default media player (click play below) or downloaded to iTunes (also below).




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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Unofficial Family Archivist with Melissa Mannon

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LIVE: THURSDAY, 20 December 2012 at 1:00pm EST

This Thursday on Fieldstone Common we will speak author Melissa Mannon about preserving your family archives.

The Unofficial Family Archivist advocates for the value, recording and care of your family memories. Are you passing on a well-rounded collection of personal papers, photographs and memorabilia or are you passing on bits that leave more questions than answers? Keep and maintain the good stuff that highlights your life story. Get rid of the clutter.

Within every home is a treasure trove of information. Unfortunately, many irreplaceable documents that help tell individual stories, and the stories of our communities, are deteriorating among our personal belongings.

With that warning in mind, The Unofficial Family Archivist focuses on the care of personal papers, photographs, and memorabilia found in the typical home. Written for individuals who hope to protect family history, this book provides everything an unofficial archivist needs to ensure materials that connect us with our past are available for future generations. Its goal is to help you create and maintain a valuable family and community resource of recorded information about your world from the unique point of view of you and your loved ones.

Author Melissa Mannon is an archivist, cultural heritage consultant and author of the ArchivesInfo blog and newsletter. The Unofficial Family Archivist expands the information from her previous publication, Cultural Heritage Collaborators: A Manual for Community Documentation. Melissa's consulting work, projects and workshops encourage cultural heritage organizations to work collaboratively with local governments, businesses, and individuals who keep records in order to identify archives and plan for their care.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Show Notes: Marmee & Louisa with Eve LaPlante

Following are some items that were mentioned during the 13 December 2012 Fieldstone Common interview with Eve LaPlante, author of Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother.

The podcast of the interview is now available.


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The companion book for Marmee & Louisa is called My Heart is Boundless which includes original, previously unpublished writings on Abigail May Alcott.

You can learn more about Eve LaPlante from her web page.

Watch a 3-minute video about Marmee & Louisa. 



 Following are specific notes from the discussion:

Fruitlands is the location of the utopian community started by Bronson Alcott. It is open all years for visitors but has limited hours during the winter so be sure to check the Fruitlands website before making a visit.

Orchard House is the Alcott home in Concord, Massachusetts where Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women, the story which made her the most successful author of the 19th century.
You can learn more about Louisa May Alcott from the following Sources:

The Louisa May Alcott is My Passion blog


The Louisa May Alcott Society

The 24th annual American Literature Association Annual Conference will be held May 23-26, 2013 at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts. The even will feature sessions on Louisa May Alcott.

Free Press, a division of Simon and Schuster, the publisher of Marmee & Louisa and My Heart is Boundless, donated two copies of the Marmee & Louisa that were given as a "door prizes" during the live show. One copy went to a listener in Pennsylvania and the other to a listener in Arizona. A big thank you to the Free Press for  their generosity!



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Megan donated two copies of her book, Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing which were won by Fieldstone Common listeners in Pennsylvania and Arizona.  Thank you Megan for your generous donation!




Fieldstone Common's sponsor is Houstory, makers of the Home History Book and the Heirloom Registry. Fieldstone Common listeners can take 15 % off their Heirloom Registry order by visiting the Heirloom Registry at www.heirloomregistry.com, and entering FIELDSTONE – in all caps – at checkout.

Fieldstone Common greatly appreciates the support of Houstory as a sponsor. Show your support for Fieldstone Common by visiting our sponsor's site.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Marmee & Louisa with Eve LaPlante Now Archived as a Podcast

by Derrickkwa
The most recent episode of Fieldstone Common featuring Eve LaPlante author of the book Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother is now available as a podcast.

The podcast can be played through the computer using your default media player (click play below) or downloaded to iTunes (also below).




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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Marmee & Louisa with Eve LaPlante

LIVE: THURSDAY, 13 December 2012 at 1:00pm EST

This week on Fieldstone Common host Marian Pierre-Louis talks to Eve LaPlante, author of Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother.

Louisa May Alcott was one of the most successful and bestselling authors of her day, earning more than any of her male contemporaries. Her classic Little Women has been a mainstay of American literature since its release nearly 150 years ago, as Jo March and her calm, beloved “Marmee” have shaped and inspired generations of young women. Biographers have consistently attributed Louisa’s uncommon success to her father, Bronson Alcott, assuming that this outspoken idealist was the source of his daughter’s progressive thinking and remarkable independence.

But in this riveting dual biography, award-winning biographer Eve LaPlante explodes these myths, drawing from a trove of surprising new documents to show that it was Louisa’s actual “Marmee,” Abigail May Alcott, who formed the intellectual and emotional center of her world. Abigail, whose difficult life both inspired and served as a warning to her devoted daughters, pushed Louisa to excel at writing and to chase her unconventional dreams in a male-dominated world.

 In this groundbreaking work, LaPlante paints an exquisitely moving and utterly convincing portrait of a woman decades ahead of her time, and the fiercely independent daughter whose life was deeply entwined with her mother’s dreams of freedom. This gorgeously written story of two extraordinary women is guaranteed to transform our view of one of America’s most beloved authors.

Eve LaPlante, author of Marmee & Louisa
Eve LaPlante is a great niece and a first cousin of Abigail and Louisa May Alcott. She is the author of Seized, American Jezebel, and Salem Witch Judge, the winner of the 2008 Massachusetts Book Award for Nonfiction. She is also the editor of a collection of Abigail May Alcott's private papers. She lives with her family in New England.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Show Notes - Hey, America, Your Roots are Showing

Following are some items that were mentioned during the 6 December 2012 Fieldstone Common interview with Megan Smolenyak, author of Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing.

The podcast of the interview is now available.



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You can learn more about Megan Smolenyak from her web page and you can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Following are specific notes from the discussion:

Host Marian Pierre-Louis mentioned a blog post she had written when the book first came out - "What Professional Genealogists Can Learn From Megan."

Megan has written a number of books. You can see a listing of articles and podcasts here. She also regularly writes a blog that is featured on the Huffington Post. She has written many articles about celebrities.

Megan started the Unclaimed Persons group which matches genealogists with coroners in order to help identify unknown next of kin. This project is still accepting volunteer genealogists.

The archive of Megan's Orphan Heirloom articles from Ancestry Magazine is available online. Tracy St. Claire was the person who gave the Bible that was discussed to Megan Smolenyak.  Tracy has a website called Bible Records Online where she has posted digital images or transcriptions for 1158 orphan Bibles that she has recovered. I found important records relating to my family. Maybe you will too!

Megan was an "Army Brat" and has worked extensively on military projects. Her military projects have been featured in newspapers as well as in her own articles. Her research on the sailors on the USS Monitor was featured on the BBC program Timewatch.

You can learn more about her involvement with Ellis Island and the search for the real Annie Moore on her website.

Megan recently helped a journalist with the New York Times research a house history in New York City - "Storm Jeopardizes Building’s Survival After Two Centuries."

Megan donated two copies of her book, Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing which were won by Fieldstone Common listeners in Pennsylvania and Arizona.  Thank you Megan for your generous donation!



Fieldstone Common's sponsor is Houstory, makers of the Home History Book and the Heirloom Registry. Fieldstone Common listeners can take 15 % off their Heirloom Registry order by visiting the Heirloom Registry at www.heirloomregistry.com, and entering FIELDSTONE – in all caps – at checkout.

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Hey America Your Roots Are Showing with Megan Now a Podcast

by Derrickkwa
The most recent episode of Fieldstone Common featuring Megan Smolenyak author of the book Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing is now available as a podcast.

The podcast can be played through the computer using your default media player (click play below) or downloaded to iTunes (also below).





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Upcoming in December on Fieldstone Common

Be sure to mark your calendar. We'll be giving away some great books during the live broadcasts of Fieldstone Common.




6 Dec 2012 at 1pm EST
Megan Smolenyak, Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing

Hey, America, Your Roots are Showing with Megan Smolenyak. Megan Smolenyak is a genealogical adventurer who loves solving mysteries, making unexpected discoveries and pushing the boundaries of conventional genealogy. You've read the headlines; now get the inside story as she  reveals how she cracked her news-making cases

13 Dec 2012 at 1pm EST
Eve LaPlante, author of Marmee & Louisa


Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and her Mother with Eve LaPlante. Based on newly uncovered papers, this moving portrait of Louisa May Alcott’s relationship with her mother will transform our view of one of America’s most beloved authors.

20 Dec 2012 at 1pm EST
Melissa Mannon, author of The Unofficial Family Archivist
The Unofficial Family Archivist with Melissa Mannon.  Within every home is a treasure trove of information. Unfortunately, many irreplaceable documents that help tell individual stories, and the stories of our communities, are deteriorating among our personal belongings. This new book advocates for the value, recording and care of your family memories.
27 Dec 2012 at 1pm EST
Christian McBurney, author of The Rhode Island Campaign
The Rhode Island Campaign with Christian McBurney. The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French and American Operation of the Revolutionary War unravels one of the most complex and multi-faceted events of the war. Relying on in-depth research from American, French, British, and German original sources, author Christian McBurney has written the most authoritative book on this fascinating episode in American history.

Monday, December 3, 2012

A Very Special Day!

Marian Pierre-Louis, Ken Lockridge, Meaghan Siekman
(click to enlarge)
What do you get when you combine Fieldstone Common host, Marian Pierre-Louis and September 13, 2012 guest Meaghan Siekman and November 29, 2012 guest Ken Lockridge? A very special day!

Today Fairbanks House Curator, Meaghan Siekman and Marian Pierre-Louis welcomed Ken Lockridge and his wife as they passed through Boston on their way from Montana to Sweden.

Ken Lockridge, author of A New England Town
Ken and his wife spent the day in Dedham, Massachusetts, the subject of his book A New England Town: The First Hundred Years. Meaghan Siekman, curator of the Fairbanks House (the oldest timber-frame house in America) gave the Lockridges a tour.

The group relaxed during a fun afternoon of conversation and Ken indulged the ladies by signing all their copies of his books.

Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing with Megan Smolenyak

LIVE: THURSDAY, 6 December 2012 at 1:00pm EST

Part forensic scientist, part master sleuth, Megan Smolenyak2 has solved some of America's oldest and most fascinating genealogical mysteries. You've read the headlines; now get the inside story as the "Indiana Jones of genealogy" reveals how she cracked her news-making cases, became the face of this increasingly popular field—and redefined history along the way.

Whether she's scouring websites to uncover the surprising connections between famous figures or using cutting-edge DNA tests to locate family members of fallen soldiers dating back to the Civil War, Smolenyak2's historical sleuthing is as provocative, richly layered, and exciting as America itself.

Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak (yes, that's her real name) is a genealogical adventurer who loves solving mysteries, making unexpected discoveries and pushing the boundaries of conventional genealogy.

A popular writer, speaker and TV guest, Megan has appeared on Good Morning America, the Today Show, among others. In addition to consulting on shows ranging from Who Do You Think You Are? to Top Chef, she is the author of six books and former Chief Family Historian and spokesperson for Ancestry.com.