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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A New Home for a Historic House in Trumbull

I. John Naeher, director of operations at Christian Heritage School of Trumbull, Connecticut, was in balmy Orlando on a school errand in April 2015 when he received a distressing call. Bob Dunn, the building inspector in Trumbull, had stopped over to look at the dilapidated house on the edge of campus that Christian Heritage had just purchased. To John’s horror, Bob delivered a troubling assessment over the phone: “This house […]

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The Art of Alchemy

By Rebecca Shaw The saying, “You can’t turn lead into gold” has been tossed around for generations when someone is trying to say something is impossible. This saying stems from those who practice alchemy, a mixture of science and magic that tries to turn base metals into more pure substances, with gold being the purest. As you can imagine, the alchemists were unable to transform lead into gold. However, in […]

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Person Behind the Prose – A Q&A with Gayla Mills

By Mattea Heller   Poor Yorick: In your essay, you state, “There’s a story here.” It seems that our lives are made up of a multitude of everyday moments like the one you described in which you were sorting through your father’s belongings. How do you know when one of those moments equals a story worth writing? What was your writing process for this particular essay? Gayla Mills: When I […]

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