19th-Century Wellington | An exploration of a town's past and my present
The purpose of the Wellington Genealogy Group is to aid individuals with an interest in genealogy, to publish genealogy material of local interest, and to expand the resources of the genealogy department of Herrick Memorial Library.
I am very proud to announce that the Ohio Genealogical Society today named my book, Fully Equal to the Situation: Nineteenth-Century Women of Wellington, Ohio, as the 2018 recipient of the Governor Thomas Worthington Award for best Ohio biography. I am honored and grateful to all of you for your ongoing support. *I confess that […]
The year 1818 may be notable locally as the year in which Wellington was first settled, but it was also the year in which a renowned nineteenth-century American entered the world. Frederick Douglass (née Bailey) was born into slavery on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in February of that year. 2018 therefore marks the bicentennial celebrations of […]
In July 2015, the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram published a supplement to its daily newspaper, focusing on the Wellington Cheese Festival. You may imagine my surprise when I immediately recognized that two of the three large color photographs on its front cover were taken from my blog. One image I shot myself; the other was taken of […]
My father-in-law is a lover of local history. Not long ago, he was paging through old issues of the Wellington Enterprise, and came across a notice he thought would interest me. I quote it here in full: “Museum Recipient of Clock From Home of Alonson Howks. Mr. & Mrs. Orville Knapp of Fort Lauderdale, Florida […]
Wellington’s bicentennial is proving to be even busier than I had imagined, dear readers! Can you believe that we are already one-sixth of the way through our year of celebrations? It is now March, and that means that it is Women’s History Month. Just as we did in February to honor the village’s citizens of […]
This blog hit a significant milestone today, namely more than fifty thousand visitors have come here since I began writing it in the summer of 2013. WordPress statistics indicate that visitors to 19th-Century Wellington are coming from one hundred and twelve countries around the world. The vast majority, as one would expect, hail from the […]
Since America’s bicentennial year of 1976, every February has been designated as Black History Month, a time set aside to remember and honor the accomplishments of American citizens of color. The originator of the idea was noted African-American historian, scholar and educator Carter G. Woodson, who first proposed the commemoration of “Negro History Week” in […]
Happy holidays, dear readers! It is a very busy season at the best of times, but even more so this year as I promote and distribute copies of my new book, Fully Equal to the Situation: Nineteenth-Century Women of Wellington, Ohio. Sales have been going well thus far and I am tremendously grateful to everyone […]
I had occasion to visit Wellington’s Methodist Church today. It is a beautiful, elegant structure with spectacularly lovely stained glass windows. The sanctuary was looking especially festive, festooned with flowers, Advent candles, wreaths and a Christmas tree. The holidays are a very busy time of year for many of us, but I could not let […]
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