Essays & Rants

Who Was Buffalo’s First Woman Property Owner?

What makes women property owners unusual at this time is that once they married, they could not buy, hold, or sell property under their own names. On their wedding day, by law, husbands automatically acquired all right and title to whatever land or fortunes women brought to the marriage.

How Come No One Has an Old Picture of My House?

Illustration of woman with camera courtesy of Pixabay Or maybe you’re looking for an old picture of your playground, corner tavern, or favorite neighborhood delicatessen. The first place to check is with your local library, museum, or historical society. Maybe it turns out that they have thousands of old pictures but they don’t have yourContinue reading “How Come No One Has an Old Picture of My House?”

Thoughts on Little Libraries

LLs are a creative solution to the fact that in many places, book supply exceeds demand. There are more books than there are collectors or libraries or used bookstores or rummage sales who want or need them.

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