Loop-Harrison Mansion

For some time now, the accessions committee for the Sanilac County Historical Society has been talking about reworking the military room at the museum. We’ve talked about getting folks from the local VFW chapter to help us identify many of the unknown artifacts so that we can create some order amidst the chaos. Like most organizations, arranging the “us” part was challenging — in other words, getting members to step up to the plate in order to work on the project. Considering my love of military history, I was eager…even giddy; however, with the 30Y.30L project in full swing, three kidney stones still doing the cha-cha in my side, not to mention the three graduate classes I was carrying last semester, I was stretched pretty thin and unable to pick up any more projects. Of course, after the holidays and winter term was underway, I knew that I would be able to devote time and energy to a new project.

I am pleased to say that the day has finally come! Early this afternoon, I’ll be picking up a pizza in town and cruising over to the beautiful mansion to meet two of my favorite museum comrades and a local veteran. I’m downright giddy. Photos to come…

Fact: Did you know that the Society’s archives collection has original letters from Sanilac County soldiers writing home to their families during the Civil War? I was pretty much in awe when Clarkson and Spellmeyer were working on their digitization and transcription project last summer.

30Y.30L Update:
Thank you notes are almost done! I’ve managed to kill a brand new pen. (Lots of writing!) I also hope to have two more posts written and published by the end of this week.