Sunday, February 8, 2009

History in the making...


It is the gift the keeps on giving as a post - that being the David Humphries House in Derby CT. I have written about this great old house here and here. Being the home of the Derby Historical Society, we went to their annual meeting this afternoon and part of the day was a presentation from the pre-eminent Civil War researcher in these parts. The presentation had to do with letters home from a Derby resident wrote home from his travails on the battlefield, places such as Chancellorville, Cold Harbor and Gettysburg as part of the larger 20th Connecticut Infintry. A wondeful presentation given by an expert who has a passion for the study of this war and has gone to the local archives for excellent background, with a splendid slide show. When things are presented so well, you come away impressed. Daughter Allegra is majoring in history, and she would have loved this presentation. I prefer history as reading, and think it's time to visit a library - it's been awhile...

3 comments:

Patti said...

Nice post, Ralphie! I'll try to start blogging again soon. :-)

Catherine said...

Certainly an interesting presentation.
Letters gives genuine words to a telling.
Here, they've published many letters of WWI soldiers. They gave a new human vision of the conflict.

Linda said...

This sounds like a presentation that I would have loved, too, especially considering I have been to all of the battlefields that you have mentioned here.

Sounds like the Derby Historical Society does a wonderful job with history presentations and the like - much better than the Norwich Historical Society does.