Monthly Archives: September 2013

Historian as Detective

When writing a history of a church (such as Zion’s), typically the history is divided into segments or chapters that are either arranged by minister (kind of like teaching United States history by presidential administrations) or by theme (“Sunday School … Continue reading

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Review: “La Cage aux Folles”

With lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and a book by Harvey Fierstein, La Cage aux Folles is an enjoyable musical that indeed is a “modern family” musical.  First appearing on Broadway in 1983 with Gene Barry in the role … Continue reading

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I Feel Like a Kid at Christmas: More Adventures in Organizing Church Records

Another week, another tub unpacked.  This week was quite exciting (well, at least as exciting as it can get when you uncover a treasure trove of materials).  The process of arranging the documents continued, but I also got sidetracked when … Continue reading

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I Should Have Bought Stock in Staples

Arrangement:  (1) The process of organizing materials with respect to their provenance and original order, to protect their context and to achieve physical or intellectual control over the materials; (2) The organization and sequence of items within a collection.1 The … Continue reading

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Getting My Hands Dirty While On My Sabbatical

This semester, for the first time since John F. Kennedy was president, I’m not in a classroom as a student or a teacher. I am on sabbatical (think paid research vacation), and my project is to organize, arrange, and describe … Continue reading

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