Month: June 2018

The Jazz Age

By Lisa Peterson America’s prohibition period and the 1920s overlapped and created a decade known as the “Roaring 20s” or “The Jazz Age.” According to Amy Henderson, curator of the National Portrait Gallery, “F. Scott Fitzgerald is credited with coining the phrase ‘The Jazz Age’ in the title of his 1922 collection of short stories, Tales of the Jazz Age. Published in 1925, The Great Gatsby was the quintessence of this period of […]

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Obscure Items in Obscure Places

During one of my many travels through abandoned insane asylums, I stumbled upon a forgotten object that now calls my antique armoire home. Rockland County Psychiatric Center holds a special place in my heart as it’s one of the first abandoned insane asylums I’ve ever explored. But its history is what enchanted me long before I stepped foot onto its soil, and I’m ecstatic that I was able to explore […]

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Behind the Film: A Q&A with Sharon Woodward and Stephen Barker

Poor Yorick: What got you and your group interested in the topic of the Indian Army in WWI? Sharon: I worked with Stephen Barker, Heritage Advisor and Consultant on the Alchester Project some years ago. I made a film about the project, which explored the Roman tombstone that was excavated in 2003, the memorial stone of the second Augustan Legion, Lucius Valerius Geminus. So I was fortunate that he approached […]

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Museum Spotlight: Florence Griswold Museum

The Florence Griswold Museum is a nationally recognized center for American art and history. The 11-acre site on the Lieutenant River in the historic town of Old Lyme offers visitors a variety art, history, and nature in one New England village setting. Its cornerstone, the Florence Griswold House, is a fine example of a Late Georgian-style house with Federal-style features designed in 1817 by Samuel Belcher. In 2006, the Museum […]

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