From January 8 to February 8, we’re displaying a few of our wintry favorites by David Johnston Kennedy (1816-1898), a railroad agent and amateur painter who produced more than 1,000 watercolors of Philadelphia.
As swabs and samples are sent off to companies like Ancestry and 23andMe in the coming weeks, professional genealogist Sydney Cruice Dixon has some words of wisdom for anyone eagerly awaiting the results: “DNA gives you more work to do, not less. This is just the beginning of your genealogy journey.”
It was the middle of December 1799 when George Washington’s personal secretary, Tobias Lear, recorded the president’s last moments of life in stark and moving detail at Mount Vernon. Centuries later, Lear’s small, unassuming pocket diary is getting new exposure thanks to a serendipitous collaboration.
As part of an NBC10 segment on DNA at-home testing, Sydney F. Cruice Dixon stopped by HSP to explain why DNA tests are just the beginning of a family history journey.
Lengel, the author of Never in Finer Company: The Men of the Great War's Lost Battalion, will present a lecture and book signing at HSP on November 14.