March greetings from a very chilly Easton! In typical New England fashion, the weather changed from a very nice 60 degrees yesterday to 30 degrees and snow squalls today. As I write, the wind is howling outside of the Museum. I sure am glad Mr. Richardson built such a solid and protecting building!
Here for your inquiring minds are a few riddles to get you thinking...
An old classic: What goes on four feet in the morning, two feet at noon, and three feet in the evening?
A somewhat silly one: April showers bring May flowers. What do May flowers bring?
And lastly: What do these have in common? Ames, Babbitt, Briggs, Carpenter, Grant, Howard, Kimball, Lathrop, Newcomb, Reed, and White?
The answer to the first, which is the classic "Riddle of the Sphinx" is a man. We walk on all fours in the morning (our birth), on two at noon (our childhood and adult life), and on three in the evening (the twilight of our years when a cane is sometimes needed).
The answer to the second is Pilgrims!
And the answer to the third is that our library contains the genealogies of these families! Our intern Courtney Saraf and I have been going through a large collection of volumes that will reside in our Museum for researchers to use. Many of our research requests come from people doing family histories or researching their home. In addition to genealogies (including other names besides those already mentioned), we have a selection of town histories, yearbooks, town reports, valuation lists, tax lists, maps, and other records that are most requested by researchers. Your generous donations of materials and finances allow the Society to help many others find their own history and improves on the Museum experience they have when they visit. You do make a difference!
So I thank you for continuing to help us build our collections and put them to good use. I hope you have a terrific week!