Saturday, February 23, 2013

Down East Schooners and Shipmasters with Ingrid Grenon

Down East Schooners and Shipmasters with Ingrid Grenon on Fieldstone Common
LIVE: THURSDAY, 28 February 2013 at 1:00pm EST 

This week on Fieldstone Common, Marian Pierre-Louis interviews Ingrid Grenon, author of Down East Schooners and Shipmasters.

Nothing is more iconic of Maine than the image of a majestic vessel—masts raised—gliding through the fog on the dark North Atlantic. From the early days of the search for a Northwest Passage to the quest for the mysterious and illusive Norumbega, the history of Mount Desert Island, Hancock, Bar Harbor and the rest of the Down East area has always traveled on schooners. Now, in the twenty-first century, these ships and their heritage are being preserved, and Mainers are sailing aboard them once again. In this collection, author Ingrid Grenon presents the most important and incredible stories from the decks of Down East’s schooners, revealing how these remarkable vessels and Down East Maine are tied together.

Down East Schooners and Shipmasters with Ingrid Grenon on Fieldstone Common
Ingrid Grenon was born in Maine, where she grew up in proximity to many treasures of previous centuries. Ingrid currently resides in southeastern Massachusetts, where she owns a small horse farm and is employed by the State Department of Developmental Disabilities. She holds a degree in psychology, as well as a degree in equestrian science, and also has a riding master's degree. In addition, Ingrid has a diploma in horseshoeing science from Oklahoma Farrier's College. She is also a published poet.

Ingrid is a member of the Boothbay Region Historical Society, the Somerset Historical Society, the Braintree Historical Society, the Mount Desert Island Historical Society, the Maine Maritime Museum, the Penobscot Marine Museum and the Maine Historical Society.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Show Notes - Connecticut's Fife & Drum Tradition with James Clark

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Following are some items that were mentioned during the 21 February 2013 Fieldstone Common interview with James Clark, author of Connecticut's Fife & Drum Tradition.

The podcast of the interview is now available.



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James Clark belongs to a fife and drum band called Connecticut Valley Field Music. You can learn more about the band at their website. Visit their Facebook page to see lots of photos of the band in action and to hear a sample of their music.

The book Connecticut's Fife & Drum Tradition, published by Wesleyan University Press, is available for purchase from major books sellers online and off such as Amazon.com.

Here are some audio files where you can listen to sample music from the Connecticut Valley Field Music band:
Here are some videos that you can watch of the band in action:

(6 minutes)

Here is a list of fife and drum corps in the United States, predominantly from the east coast. Another page on the same site provides a schedule (with links) to a number of 2013 fife and drum musters.

Wesleyan University Press, the publisher of Connecticut's Fife & Drum Tradition, donated a copy of the book which was given as "door prize" during the live show to a listener in Texas.  A big thank you to Wesleyan University Press for  their generosity!


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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.
 

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Connecticut's Fife & Drum Tradition now a Podcast

The most recent episode of Fieldstone Common featuring James Clark, author of the book Connecticut's Fife & Drum Tradition 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, February 19, 2013

Connecticut's Fife & Drum Tradition with James Clark

Connecticut's Fife & Drum Tradition with James Clark on Fieldstone Common

LIVE: THURSDAY, 21 February 2013 at 1:00pm EST

This week on Fieldstone Common, Marian Pierre-Louis interviews James Clark, author of Connecticut's Fife & Drum Tradition.

The state of Connecticut boasts an extensive and active community of fife and drum groups. This musical tradition has its origins in the small military bands maintained by standing armies in Britain and Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries—the drum was especially important as it helped officers train soldiers how to march, and was also used to communicate with troops across battlefields. Today fifers and drummers gather at conventions called “musters,” which may include a parade and concerts featuring the various participating corps. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest muster ever was held in Deep River, Connecticut, in 1976. Musician and historian James Clark is the first to detail the colorful history of this unique music. This engaging book leads the reader through the history of the individual instruments and tells the story of this classic folk tradition through anecdotes, biographies, photographs, and musical examples.
Connecticut's Fife & Drum Tradition with James Clark on Fieldstone Common
JAMES CLARK is a founding member of the Connecticut Valley Field Music, a fife and drum band based in Middletown, Connecticut. A true advocate of this music, Clark gives lectures and demonstrations to a wide array of audiences around the state, across the nation, and in Europe.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Show Notes - Ten Hills Farm with C.S. Manegold

Ten Hills Farm with C.S. Manegold on Fieldstone Common
C.S. Manegold
Following are some items that were mentioned during the 14 February 2013 Fieldstone Common interview with C.S. Manegold, author of Ten Hills Farm: The Forgotten History of Slavery in the North.

The podcast of the interview is now available.



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You can learn more about C.S. Manegold  at her website as well as the site dedicated to to the book Ten Hills Farm.

Ten Hills Farm with C.S. Manegold on Fieldstone Common
Ten Hills Farm discusses the history of slavery in the north within the context of the property owners of farm through the centuries. The main characters discussed are Governor John Winthrop, Isaac Royall Sr. and Isaac Royall Jr.

The Royall House and Slave Quarters in Medford, Massachusetts (a short drive from Boston) are owned and maintained by the Royall House Association. A great deal of information about the property and its history is available from the website. The property is open to the public between May and November. Check the website for details.

The book Ten Hills Farm: The Forgotten History of Slavery in the North, published by Princeton University Press, is available for purchase from major books sellers online and off such as Amazon.com.

C.S. Manegold is also the author of In Glory's Shadow: The Citadel, Shannon Faulkner and a Changing Ameria.

During the show we discussed a conflict between Samuel Sewall and John Saffin over the issue of slavery (see pages 102-122 of Ten Hills Farm). One of the documents related to this disagreement, written by Sewall, is called "The Selling of Joseph" which can be viewed on the Massachusetts Historical Society website.

Princeton University Press, the publisher of Ten Hills Farm: The Forgotten History of Slavery in the North, donated a copy of the book which was given as "door prize" during the live show to a listener in Texas.  A big thank you to Princeton University Press for  their generosity!


To see the Heirloom Registry entry -- including photos -- for the radio, visit www.heirloomregistry.com and enter registration number: SNTS-256-996-3497-2012.

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.
 

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Ten Hills Farm with CS Manegold now a Podcast

The most recent episode of Fieldstone Common featuring C.S. Manegold, author of the book Ten Hills Farm: The Forgotten History of Slavery in the North 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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Monday, February 11, 2013

Ten Hills Farm with CS Manegold

Ten Hills Farm with C.S. Manegold on Fieldstone Common
LIVE: THURSDAY, 14 February 2013 at 1:00pm EST

This week on Fieldstone Common, Marian Pierre-Louis interviews CS Manegold, author of Ten Hills Farm: The Forgotten History of Slavery in the North.

Ten Hills Farm tells the powerful saga of five generations of slave owners in colonial New England. Settled in 1630 by John Winthrop--who would later become governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony--Ten Hills Farm was a six-hundred-acre estate just north of Boston. Winthrop, famous for envisioning his 'city on the hill' and lauded as a paragon of justice, owned slaves on that ground and passed the first law in North America condoning slavery.

Ten Hills Farm with C.S. Manegold on Fieldstone Common
C.S. Manegold
In this mesmerizing narrative, C. S. Manegold exposes how the fates of the land and the families that lived on it were bound to America's most tragic and tainted legacy. Challenging received ideas about America and the Atlantic world, Ten Hills Farm digs deep to bring the story of slavery in the North full circle--from concealment to recovery. Manegold follows the compelling tale from the early seventeenth to the early twenty-first century, from New England, through the South, to the sprawling slave plantations of the Caribbean.

C. S. Manegold is the author of In Glory's Shadow: The Citadel, Shannon Faulkner, and a Changing America (Knopf). As a reporter with the New York Times, Newsweek, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, she received numerous national awards and was part of the New York Times team honored with a Pulitzer Prize in 1994.


Show Notes - Black Gotham with Carla Peterson

Following are some items that were mentioned during the 7 February 2013 Fieldstone Common interview with Prof. Carla L. Peterson, author of Black Gotham:A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City.

The podcast of the interview is now available.


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Prof. Carla L. Peterson is professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park.You can learn more about her and her book at her website and a special website called the Black Gotham Archive set up to provide more details about information from the book.  She hopes that others will also contribute stories and photos of New York City African American history as well which can be uploaded directly to the site.

The book Black Gotham:A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City, published by Yale University Press, is available for purchase from major books sellers online and off such as Amazon.com.

Carla Peterson is also the author of "Doers of the Word": African-American Women Speakers and Writers in the North, 1830-1880.

Carla did much of her research for Black Gotham at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture which is part of the New York Public Library. It is open Tuesday through Saturday each week.

St. Philip's Episcopal Church was one of the center of the Black community in 19th century New York City.

One of the extraordinary in this circle of successful African American men was James McCune Smith, a physician, pharmacist and abolitionist.

Yale University Press, the publisher of Black Gotham:A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City, donated a copy of the book which was given as "door prize" during the live show to a listener in Delaware.  A big thank you to Yale University Press for  their generosity!

To see the Heirloom Registry entry -- including photos -- for the radio, visit www.heirloomregistry.com and enter registration number: SNTS-256-996-3497-2012.

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.
 

** Read "New Service Safeguards Heirlooms’ Lore" in Antique Trader Magazine featuring Fieldstone Common sponsor The Heirloom Registry by Houstory. **




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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Black Gotham with Carla Peterson now a podcast

The most recent episode of Fieldstone Common featuring Professor Carla L. Peterson, author of the book Black Gotham: A Family history of African Americans in 19th-Century New York City 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, February 5, 2013

Winner #2 of The Caning

The second copy of The Caning by Stephen Puleo is being given out to a member of the Fieldstone Common mailing list.

I used a random number generator and then selected the person associated with that number based on the order of when people joined.

The winner of the second copy of the The Caning goes to Chris Klauer! Congratulations Chris!

I will be contacting you by email to notify you of your win!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Black Gotham with Carla L. Peterson

Black Gotham with Carla L. Peterson on Fieldstone Common
LIVE: THURSDAY, 7 February 2013 at 1:00pm EST

This week on Fieldstone Common, Marian Pierre-Louis interviews Carla L. Peterson, author of Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City.

Part detective tale, part social and cultural narrative, Black Gotham is Carla Peterson's riveting account of her quest to reconstruct the lives of her nineteenth-century ancestors. As she shares their stories and those of their friends, neighbors, and business associates, she illuminates the greater history of African-American elites in New York City.

Black Gotham challenges many of the accepted "truths" about African-American history, including the assumption that the phrase "nineteenth-century black Americans" means enslaved people, that "New York state before the Civil War" refers to a place of freedom, and that a black elite did not exist until the twentieth century. Beginning her story in the 1820s, Peterson focuses on the pupils of the Mulberry Street School, the graduates of which went on to become eminent African-American leaders. She traces their political activities as well as their many achievements in trade, business, and the professions against the backdrop of the expansion of scientific racism, the trauma of the Civil War draft riots, and the rise of Jim Crow.

Black Gotham with Carla L. Peterson on Fieldstone Common
Carla L. Peterson
Told in a vivid, fast-paced style, Black Gotham is an important account of the rarely acknowledged achievements of nineteenth-century African Americans and brings to the forefront a vital yet forgotten part of American history and culture.

Carla L. Peterson is professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the author of "Doers of the Word": African-American Women Speakers and Writers in the North, 1830–1880.



Upcoming in February on Fieldstone Common

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




7 Feb. 2013 at 1pm EST
Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in 19th-Century New York City with Carla L. Peterson. Black Gotham challenges many of the accepted "truths" about African-American history, including the assumption that the phrase "nineteenth-century black Americans" means enslaved people.

14 Feb. 2013 at 1pm EST

Ten Hills Farm: The Forgotten History of Slavery in the Northwith C.S. Manegold. Ten Hills Farm tells the powerful saga of five generations of slave owners in colonial New England. Challenging received ideas about America and the Atlantic world, Ten Hills Farm digs deep to bring the story of slavery in the North full circle--from concealment to recovery.
21 Feb. 2013 at 1pm EST
Connecticut's Fife & Drum Tradition with James Clark.  Musician and historian James Clark is the first to detail the colorful history of this unique music. This engaging book leads the reader through the history of the individual instruments and tells the story of this classic folk tradition through anecdotes, biographies, photographs, and musical examples.
28 Feb. 2013 at 1pm EST
Down East Schooners and Shipmasters with Ingrid Grenon. Nothing is more iconic of Maine than the image of a majestic vessel—masts raised—gliding through the fog on the dark North Atlantic. In this collection, author Ingrid Grenon presents the most important and incredible stories from the decks of Down East’s schooners, revealing how these remarkable vessels and Down East Maine are tied together.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Show Notes - The Caning with Stephen Puleo

*** Win a copy of The Caning by Stephen Puleo simply by signing up for the mailing list. Sign up by 6pm Tuesday, February 5, 2013 to qualify. Details here. ***

Following are some items that were mentioned during the 31 January 2013 Fieldstone Common interview with Stephen Puleo, author of The Caning: The Assault that Drove America to Civil War.

The podcast of the interview is now available.


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Stephen Puleo is a writer based in Massachusetts. You can learn more about him at his website and you can follow him on Facebook

The book The Caning: The Assault that Drove America to Civil War, published by Westholme Publishing, is available for purchase from major books sellers online and off such as Amazon.com.

His other books include:
  • Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919
  • A City So Grand: The Rise of an American Metropolis, Boston 1850-1900
  • The Boston Italians: A Story of Pride, Perseverance and Paesani, from the Years of the Great Immigration to the Present Day
  • Due to Enemy Action The True World War II Story of the USS Eagle 56
The Caning occurred on May 22, 1856 when pro-slavery Congressman Preston Brooks attacked staunchly anti-slavery Senator Charles Sumner. The beating stopped just short of taking Sumner's life.

To learn more about Charles Sumner you can read his biography, Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War by David Herbert Donald. You can learn more about Preston Brooks from his wikipedia page.

Westholme Publishing, the publisher of The Caning: The Assault that Drove America to Civil War, donated two copies of the book. One was given as "door prize" during the live show and went to a listener in Pennsylvania. The other copy will go to a listener who has signed up for the Fieldstone Common mailing list (to be announced Tuesday night). A big thank you to Westholme Publishing for  their generosity!


To see the Heirloom Registry entry -- including photos -- for the radio, visit www.heirloomregistry.com and enter registration number: SNTS-256-996-3497-2012.

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.
 

** Read "New Service Safeguards Heirlooms’ Lore" in Antique Trader Magazine featuring Fieldstone Common sponsor The Heirloom Registry by Houstory. **



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Friday, February 1, 2013

Win a Copy of The Caning by Stephen Puleo

Yesterday, I gave away one copy of the The Caning: The Assault that Drove American to Civil War to one of the audience members during the live broadcast.

I'll be giving the second copy away to a mailing list member so even podcast listeners will have a chance to win.

I recently started a new mailing list for Fieldstone Common. You can read all the details about it here.

In order to win the second copy of The Caning all you need to do is sign up for the mailing list.

I will randomly select a member of the mailing list to receive the copy. (I will use a random number generator on the internet and then select the corresponding mailing list recipient in order of signup.)

Deadline: Signup by Tuesday, February 5, 2013

MAIL LIST SIGN UP HERE