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Archival Anecdotes: A Happy Year Ahead

Life is complicated, I think most of us can agree on that. So when I came across this unique card for a Happy New Year, I knew I wanted to share. It features several geese in the barnyard,...

 

Archival Anecdotes: Embracing the Old and the New

Many times, I have thought about the inner lives of people who settled Eddy County. Did they curse the cold? Did they miss the friends and family they left behind? Did they burn a candle late into...

 

Archival Anecdotes: Weather or not

The snow is on the ground. It happens almost every year. And yet, so many of us can still be left in awe of the accumulations. In the early days, there seemed to be no shortage of excitement around a...

 

Archival Anecdotes: Victorian traditions still shine at Christmas

So many of the Christmas traditions we embrace today took root in the British culture of the Victorian Era. It was a time for rapid commercial development and industrial growth. There were great...

 

Archival Anecdotes: Oh to adore the pompadour

I'd like to introduce you to an antiquated hairstyle that still offers loads of volume. The pompadour- you might have heard of it before. The pompadour was a trend for men in the 1950s, and for Madam...

 

Archival Anecdotes: Plates, platters and bygone patterns

During the holiday season, it is quite possible that you will find yourself dining upon fine china or other heirloom porcelain. If you do, then you have a great opportunity to take a look back in hist...

 

Archival Anecdotes: Stashed away

Regular readers of Archival Anecdotes might recognize the name that belonged to an Eddy County pioneer, Elsie Kerr. Many of her items have been featured in this series - from cookie jars and...

 

Archival Anecdotes: Two wars that changed the world

As we move further and further into the 21st century, we also move further away from some of the most impactful events of the century before. Countless books and movies have been made about the two...

 

Archival Anecdotes: I mustache you a question

Have you ever shaved with a straight edge razor? Would you even know where to begin? For much of history, the straight razor was the most effective option for those who wanted a smooth face. Perhaps...

 

Archival Anecdotes: From the darkest corners of the museum...

From time to time, someone will ask me if the museum is haunted. My first reaction is to laugh. My second reaction is to tell the truth and say, "I never been there after dark, so I have no reason to...

 

Archival Anecdotes: Defining a museum from the ground up

The history of the Eddy County Museum begins in the 1960s when three community groups came together with a vision to preserve the county's history for future generations. Those future generations...

 

Archival Anecdotes: The reticule: a treasure lost in time

Over time, humans have made many great tools and developments to aid in the carrying of our "things." From wheelbarrows to baskets, most carrying implements had an element of work involved. Even the...

 

Archival Anecdotes: Change over time

Perhaps you remember the saying, "See a penny, pick it up. All day long you'll have good luck," but how many actually do this? After all, what can you buy with a penny these days? Or a nickel? Or...

 

Archival Anecdotes: Where do all the artifacts live?

For much of the past two years, the Stavanger Church at the Eddy County Museum has been undergoing renovations. As a result, museum-goers have had limited access - until this past week, when museum st...

 

Archival Anecdotes: Agricultural Roots

A century ago, agriculture was a whole different business. Sure farmers had to contend with soil conditions and weather patterns, but the process of getting grain from field to market was markedly...

 

Archival Anecdotes: Porches of People

Porches are ubiquitious with Victorian Era homes. These large, open and welcoming spaces were often located at the front of the house and served some important roles. From day-to-day, porches served...

 

Archival Anecdotes: Family Values

Celebratory family photos are something we have all been a part of. Whether the family gets together for Thanksgiving, Easter or a funeral­­, it's often likely that someone will herd all the bodies...

 

Archival Anecdotes: Seasons change

Once upon a time, before the craze of all things pumpkin spice, apples were the food that signaled a welcome change from the hot summer days to crisp autumn evenings. People embraced the crisp autumn...

 

Archival Anecdotes: No room for embarrassment

Undergarments are one of those rarely talked about luxuries. Assuming (as I always have) that earlier generations were more prudish and cautious about such private matters, I am still surprised each...

 

Archival Anecdotes: One special ingredient

After researching and writing about the history of cocoa, I succeeded in baking my first-ever, truly authentic homemade chocolate cake. It was delightful and immediately increased my household...

 

Archival Anecdotes: Household items that you may or may not recognize

Did you ever rummage through your grandmother's kitchen storage cabinets? Did you find yourself equally delighted and perplexed by the variety of tools and implements? A whole range of specialized...

 

Archival Anecdotes: Summertime (of another era)

It is shocking to see people overdressed during the sweltering summer heat. But have you ever seen a group of young people go to the beach in full-length dresses? Of course not! But if you were...

 

Archival Anecdotes: A Brief History of Cocoa

The artifact featured this week is a metal cocoa tin dating back to the 1920s. Monarch cocoa was one of the many products produced and marketed by Reid, Murdoch & Co of Chicago, Ill., established...

 

Archival Anecdotes: The Joys of Furry Friends

Last fall I wrote about dogs and the role they played in the families of early settlers in Eddy County. After recently writing about friendships, I was reminded that canines (and felines) can offer...

 

Archival Anecdotes: What's the story with the cookie jar?

For as long as I can remember, I've heard songs and jokes about the cookie jar. Yet somehow, I have never lived in a home that had a cookie jar. I guess my cookies resided in plastic packages (as...

 

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