Monday, January 2, 2012

Friday, December 2, 2011

The Salem Witch Trials and You

Recently we read "The Crucible",  a play written in the late 1940's about the Salem Witch trials.  It was a horrifying part of American history that I was facinated by.  Something that was extremely interesting to me was that even though the judges had a petition with signatures of 91, upstanding, land owning adults they still listened to the "afflicted children".  I found myself asking myself - "What would I have done if I had been there?"

Now you are saying to yourself why do I care about this? 

This is why you should care - your ancestors were there ... and they signed the petition for John and Elizabeth Proctor, asserting that they were former neighbors of the Proctors in Ipswich, Mass. and they knew them to be good people.  They signed this even though they were risking being arrested and with the accusatory air of the times, could've ended up being accused of consorting with the devil themselves.

The one I have been able to track down thus far is William Andrews, born in 1658 in Ipswich, Mass. 

You can see here

a list of those involved with the trial with his name on it. 

We come from good people!

This line goes back through the Sperry side, through Hannah Libby Knight Carter on her mother's side.

We also watched a recent filmed version of this play - with Daniel Day Lewis in it.  We did watch it on clearplay which did edit out a few parts - notably the scene with the girls in the woods.  It was  a very compelling performance.  Mary and Joseph watched something else upstairs - about sled dogs I think.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Rebekah's Blog

Hey everyone,

Rebekah has a blog -

Go check it out. She has some pretty cool pictures.


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Smith History at the Church History Museum

Remember this? Time for another docent lecture. Thanks Docents, we sure are glad to have you working at the museum!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Carpet Fishing

Hello everyone,

When I was doing my usual Dilbert reading I stumbled across this comic that reminded me of us and thought I'd post it for everyone to enjoy. Happy reading!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade

3 1/2 cups water
1/2 pound rhubarb, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 2 cups)
3/4 cup sugar
2 3-inch strips of lemon zest removed with a vegetable peeler, plus additional for garnish
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups sliced strawberries
1 cup fresh lemon juice

In a saucepan stir together the water, the rhubarb, the sugar, two strips of the zest, and the vanilla. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Simmer, covered, for 8 minutes. Stir in 1 cup of the strawberries and boil the mixture, covered, for 2 minutes. Let the mixture cool and strain it through a coarse sieve over a pitcher, pressing hard on the solids. Stir in the remaining 1 cup strawberries and the lemon juice. Chill and serve. Garnish with lemon zest if desired.