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Heirlooms United

Here is an absolutely wonderful treasure trove of vintage autograph albums, photo albums, calling cards, journals — everything I would love to have about Emmett Wilson or any other of Emmett’s friends. I stumbled across it in search of information on one of Emmett’s roommates for his second book — […]

Not a Hoax

Friends: Some of my neighbors recently received a document called the American Community Survey, and voiced concerns on our community listserv about it — primarily, the concern was that it was a hoax, or another attempt by the government to be intrusive in private citizen’s lives. It’s not a hoax. […]

Primary Sources

Here’s a great blog I like to follow, written by two librarians about public libraries and primary source material. Librarian Holly Hibner discusses the missions of certain public libraries, and that not every library is equipped to handle or preserve primary sources. (I did not know that!) Hibner’s article is […]

The Hidden Capitol

A walk in the woods not far from my house, in Rock Creek Park.   On the right side, you find a pile of stones. These are not ordinary stones. Hidden in a national park are the stones of the old facade of the East front of the U.S. Capitol; […]

What could be

If you haven’t read this story from yesterday’s edition of The Washington Post, please do. Lucky man, historian James I. Robertson, Jr., surrounded by artifacts. So blessed. So privileged! Out of the 1,600 pieces of information, he used 140 to write his book — all of it precious. What was […]

What we get wrong about history

Here’s a wonderful article that describes, exactly, the struggle to write about history. I found myself nodding agreement with the writer; it describes exactly how I feel about history and writing, as I put Emmett’s story together. I think you’ll enjoy it, too. Back to the manuscript….

“That” Kind of Discovery

OT, but you have to check this Twitter story out. It is incredible. A great thread. So, something magical happened to me today, and I wanted to tell you all about it. — Marcin Wichary (@mwichary) October 27, 2016 His last line is this: “Whatever it is that you care […]

First Intervention

In early May, 1906, Nicholas Van Sant was worried. His law firm with Emmett was not doing as well as he’d hoped. Although they had won cases and were building a client base, there was a negative cash flow. Emmett seemed to be doing well enough; but Van Sant hadn’t […]

The Surrogate

When Emmett lived in Sterling, Illinois from January to June, 1906, he boarded at the home of Mrs. Luella Snow Anning, widow, 802 West Third Street. Emmett’s best friend in Sterling was Nicholas Van Sant; a wealthy, prominent 50-something who considered Emmett the son he never had. Emmett’s closest-age friend […]

Not the Villain

Am I going soft on Emmett’s womanizing older brother, Cephas Love Wilson? A friend who had read this recent essay on Cephas asked me the other day if I had changed my mind about Cephas — did I now view him as less of an antagonist? I told her it wasn’t […]