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10Feb
2017
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Lunch & Learn: Health Care, 18th Century Style

Any assessment of health care in the 18th century, when life expectancy on both sides of the Atlantic averaged about 43 years, must include personnel ranging from educated physicians through barbers and midwives to neighborhood quacks.  Diseases were attributed to superstitions, to bad behavior, or inhalation of foul air.  Remedies included everything from herbal extracts, […]

08Jan
2017
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The Scottish New Year Celebration

Happy New Year! As the holidays wind down and we nurse those hangovers from our New Year festivities, it’s comforting to know we’re in good company as we reach for the bottle of aspirin. People worldwide, no matter what race or religion, celebrate the new year in some form. There are many customs and traditions […]

14Jul
2012
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Viva la Revolution! Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson on the French Revolution

Happy Bastille Day everyone! Today it seems appropriate to take a break from our Celtic Festival preparations and quickly look at Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson’s interest in the French Revolution, which followed so closely on the heels of American independence. In 1793 Elizabeth sent a bundle of her poems and writings to fellow writer Annis Stockton. […]

29May
2012
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R.I.P. Ann Diggs Graeme – May 29, 1765

Excerpted from The Most Learned Woman in America by Anne Ousterhout: Emotionally exhausted and physically weakened from the relentless pregnancies and deaths [of her children] and her own illnesses, Ann Graeme had long anticipated and been preparing for death. As early as 1752, she had planned her funeral. She had woven her own burial linen, to save […]

21Apr
2012
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Happily Ever After? The Marriage of Elizabeth Graeme and Henry Hugh Fergusson

On December 7, 1771 Elizabeth’s friend Benjamin Rush brought a Scotsman named Henry Hugh Fergusson to one of her attic evenings. Well-educated and handsome, Henry did not own property, nor was he in a position to inherit any. This, and their age difference (he was 11 years younger than she) made him a bad match […]

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