Thursday, March 12, 2009

History Strikes!

Welcome to Clermont State Historic Site's new Blogspot! The staff at Clermont have realized that interesting discoveries about history can strike anywhere and any time, and you shouldn't always have to wait for your next visit to Clermont to share in our latest "ah-ha!" moment.

Therefore, we're starting a blog that will follow us as we pursue the history of the Livingstons and Clermont through the ages. Along the way, you'll hear from several different people so let us introduce them now:

Ashley Hopkins-Benton: Our curator of Collections. As the curator, Ashley is always finding something "new" in our archives or deep in our collections. Often guided by research requests or new exhihbits, Ashley is always digging up quirky new factoids and stories about a wide variety of topics.

Kjirsten Gustavon: Our Curator of Education. Kjirsten's research is often guided by public programming at Clermont which sends her in many different directions as well. How was Valentine's Day celebrated in the 1910s? What games did kids play in the 18th century? And what on earth do merino sheep have in common with steamboats? These are all questions that she asks herself every day.

Susan Boudreau: Our Historic Site Director. Susan is new to Clermont and is still getting to know the Livingstons and the many other people who have lived here. She is dogged in her pursuit of what makes people "tick," and she can always be counted on to make history personal.

Jane Lehmuller: Our Horticulturalist. Since gardens play such an important role in Clermont's history, Jane's research into our grounds is an invaluable part of understanding the world of the Livingstons. Jane's posts will primarily follow the history of the outdoors and extensive gardens that she oversees.

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