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6.15.20 – MVHM&G: Virtual Concert ft. lutenist Christopher Morongiello

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" background_animation="none" css_animation=""][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]On June 16th, 2020, Tuesday evening, the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden hosted a virtual concert, featuring lutenist Christopher Morongiello. It was a wonderful opportunity to experience the beautiful and unique sound of the lute.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="15px"][vc_column_text]The lute...

6.11.20 – Captain Samuel & Elizabeth Riddick Carr of Virginia

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" background_animation="none" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]Captain Carr and his wife Elizabeth Riddick Carr were married in 1768 and lived at “Dunlora”, a classical Jeffersonian-style brick house designed by a Virginia born architect. It is in Albemarle CO, VA. CAPT Carr was the son of...

6.9.20 – ANCESTOR SPOTLIGHT: Alexander Spotswood

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" background_animation="none" css_animation=""][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]LT Governor Alexander Spotswood of Virginia is a qualifying ancestor for The CDA. He was joined on an westward expedition by numerous Prominent VA “grandees” with names such as Mason, Washington, Beverley, Fontaine, Taylor and Brooke. These gentlemen...

5.26.20 – CHAPTER SPOTLIGHT: Chapter II-Philadelphia

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" background_animation="none" css_animation=""][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Since refocusing it’s mission several years ago, Chapter II now gives a substantive scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania’s Stuart Weitzman School of Design. The recipient is typically a 2nd year graduate student, who is writing a thesis...

5.23.20 – Celebrating 130 Years

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" background_animation="none" css_animation=""][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Today marks the 130th anniversary of The Colonial Dames of America. The Society was founded on May 23, 1890, and became the first colonial lineage society for women in the United States. Learn more...

5.19.20 – 2020 Book Awards

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" background_animation="none" css_animation=""][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] See all 2020 Book Award winners...

5.10.20 – Happy Mothers Day

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" background_animation="none" css_animation=""][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Mrs. Elizabeth Freake (1642-1712) & Baby Mary (1674-1752), the 8th and youngest child of John & Elizabeth Freake. Artist unknown, American, late 17th century. Courtesy of the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]See more on the Art Museums of...

5.2.20 – 18th Century Diamond “Keeper” Ring

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" background_animation="none" css_animation=""][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]In the 18thc plain gold wedding bands, called ”posy” (poesie -poetry-verse) rings, which were inscribed within, were still the norm for a brides wedding ring. Diamonds, however, began to come into favor. The custom of “keeper” rings on...

4.23.20 – ANCESTOR SPOTLIGHT: William Cole

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" background_animation="none" css_animation=""][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]William Cole (1638/9-1694) was a second generation Virginian, a lawyer and statesman of the Virginia Colony. He married three prominent women and had had 4000 acres of land in Warwick CO. His estate was named “Bolthorpe” where his...

4.23.20 – Genealogical Tidbit #3

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" background_animation="none" css_animation=""][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Registrar General, Laura Ramsay has Tidbit #3 for your genealogical work: "Many early maps were inaccurate, and land grants created disputes in Colonial New England. At one time both Connecticut and Massachusetts claimed part of Rhode Island. Therefore...