A Love Letter for this Valentine’s Day: Walter P. Temple to Laura Gonzalez, 5 July 1887

by Paul R. Spitzzeri For last year's "Flirting With History" program, which incorporates readings in the Workman House and La Casa Nueva for Homestead visitors of Temple family letters from the 1840s through the 1920s dealing with romantic and familial love, one of the more interesting missives was an April 1887 letter from Walter P.... Continue Reading →

Flirting With History Postscript: A Soldier’s Letter to His Fiancee, 10 February 1919

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Despite the often heavy showers this afternoon, the Homestead's "Flirting With History" tours, focusing on Temple family letters reflective of love, within and outside the family, were pretty well attended and our visitors really seemed to enjoy the readings of these missives. These took place in both the Workman House and... Continue Reading →

Flirting with History: A Romance in Early 20th Century China, Part Four

by Paul R. Spitzzeri This series of posts on the lives of Elizabeth Gowan Haskins Workman and her first husband Thomas Haskins, a member of the American diplomatic legation in China, during the first years of the 20th century continues with excerpts from a 1969 interview Elizabeth did with her daughter, Anne Workman Janeway. One... Continue Reading →

Flirting with History: A Love Letter from Walter P. Temple to Laura Gonzalez, 8 April 1887

by Paul R. Spitzzeri This afternoon's "Flirting with History" event combined a picnic, including hands-on activities, dance demonstrations, and a special tour in which visitors were led through the Workman House and La Casa Nueva and, at five stations, heard excerpts from family letters related in some way to love, whether romantic, maternal and otherwise.... Continue Reading →

Flirting with History: A Romance in Early 20th Century China, Part One

by Paul R. Spitzzeri A recent donation of material at the end of December from Barbara Janeway Kome, a Workman family member, is one of those remarkable stories that deal with so many interesting historical themes.  Having just read Bruce Cuming's fine book, From Sea to Shining Sea, about the gradual movement west in American history... Continue Reading →

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