Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
One of the most beautiful Christmas displays in the city is at the Historic Governors' Mansion. Each year they feature "Tinsel Through Time," an exhibit that showcases the differences in tree trimmings over the years. But there's more than trees on display -- much more. Even the kitchen and laundry chute are decorated.
If you've ever toured Tinsel Through Time, you understand why it takes literally months to decorate the entire mansion. What incredible attention to detail!
This room features an early twentieth century tree, complete with boxes of animal crackers used as ornaments. I like the old-fashioned sled and wicker chair, and of course the idea of oranges being a special treat reminds me of how much has changed in a hundred years.
But some things haven't changed, including the love that makes this such a special season.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
As you can see from the following explanation, several important facts were misstated.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Each of the stalls has a bin for hay and a basin for water. Judging from this, it appears that the horses had more privacy than enlisted men. Hmmm... What does that tell you?
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
One large room served as sleeping, eating, and recreational space for many men. And, if you're thinking that the beds look reasonably sized, it's because each of them was designed to sleep two.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
What surprised me was that they stored their saddles in their rooms.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
The actual fort was dismantled and its buildings used in the construction of Fort Fetterman, but the site was of enough importance that the buildings were reconstructed as a WPA project during the Depression.
Although the WPA used historically accurate building techniques, one decidedly non-historic element has been added: an electric meter.