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Volunteer
Gardener
L i n d a
K e i s t e r
has been
diligently
caring for
the gar-
dens for
the past
couple of
years. Considering the heat and the
rain this year, her dedication is to be
commended.
The large Orpha Hill Memorial Gar-
den requires an enormous amount
of time. This year several perennial
plants had to be replaced, and many
perennials were crowding out oth-
ers. Almost every morning, you can
see Linda in the garden weeding and
pruning. She also has helped with the
enlarged kitchen garden on the west
side of LeRoy House.
The gardens have always been
maintained by volunteers. This year
Community Service volunteers help-
ed with edging and mulching.
Three years ago, Donna Barefoot
donated three Ingham Roses, that
she purchased from the Rose Em-
porium in Texas. We were afraid that
they hadn’t survived the winter, but
indeed they did and this year, there
are more delicate white blossoms
than we have ever had before. A little
Seven keeps the green worms from
munching on the little buds. Also
with the expanded herb garden this
year,a short description of the herbs
and their history is now available at
the Jell-O Gallery.
From The Desk Of
The Director
If you haven’t met the new staff at
the Jell-O Gallery, you should stop
by and introduce yourself to Terry
Blackburn who has adeptly filled
the shoes of Caroline Bolin, who, in
the near future, will be moving to
be closer to her grandchildren. We
also have three new Gallery Guides:
Liz, Ruth K., and Rosemary who join
Jim DeLooze and Ruth Harvie. This
friendly crew welcomes thousands
of visitors to the Museum and
makes their visit to LeRoy enjoyable
and memorable.
The Historical Society has been no-
tified that a diary written in 1881 by
Ingham student Elizabeth Reed is for
sale. It is in Canada. We have made
a payment on the diary to hold it.We
want to thank Bob Jones who has
made a $200 contribution. We are
currently looking for additional do-
nors. If you would like to help, please
call 768-7433 and I can give you
more details. We are also negotiat-
ing for a portrait of Emily Ingham’s
twin sister Julia it was painted by
Phineas Staunton. The painting is in
Florida and had been in the Ingham
family but was sold several years
ago.The present owner would like to
have it come back to LeRoy and we
will have to raise $4,000 to purchase
the painting. Again, if you would like
to help with this acquisition, please
contact me.
The “Woody” Golf Tournament
which was held to dedicate the
carved wooden golfer at the LeRoy
Country Club, was organized by Dan
Cote, president of the LeRoy Histori-
cal Society. The proceeds of the tour-
nament were given to the Historical
Society and it came at a most oppor-
tune time, since the front porch roof
needed to be replaced. A lot of hard
work made the tournament possible.
The weather was great and everyone
had a wonderful time.Thank you to all
the volunteers, the folks who played
golf, and especially to Jim Gombo-
rone who made the event possible.
This spring, we offered a new in-
terpretation of “Mrs. LeRoy’s Tour
of LeRoy House.” This school pro-
gram for first grades, gives children
an opportunity to see what it would
have been like in the 1820s when
Charlotte and Jacob LeRoy lived in
the house. This year, Shelia Furr be-
came Mrs. LeRoy’s maid, Emily. And
I dressed the part of Charlotte Le-
Roy. All the students were expected
to bow or curtsey as they were in-
troduced to Mrs. LeRoy and then I
took them into Mr. LeRoy’s office so
they could learn how Mr. LeRoy sold
land to the settlers, and how he con-
ducted business. Then they went up
to the LeRoy bedroom, and learned
about the rope bed, the straw mat-
tress and the trundle bed. I explained
Mr. LeRoy’s medicine chest, and why
it was important to have medicine in
the home to take care of the family.
The kids were fascinated with the
story of thebedwrench thatwas used
to tighten the rope bed, which Emily
explained became one of the girl’s
dolls. After asking a lot of questions
the students went downstairs to the
LeRoy kitchen in the basement. They
learned that the cook “was out with
the children and the governess on
an expedition to the creek and a pic-
nic.” But the cook had left some fresh
lemon tarts, made from Mrs. LeRoy’s
favorite receipt book. This new “first
person” interpretation program, will
be a stepping stone to our candle-
light tours that will be held this fall.
I have just been notified that the
Mid-Atlantic Alliance of Museums
has accepted a proposal for a paper
to be given at the annual meeting
in Washington D.C. about the Henry
Clay painting that the LeRoy Histori-
cal Society gave to the United States
Senate five years ago. Amy Burton,
Curator of the United States Senate
and I will present the DVD and make
comments about how the project
came about and what had to be
done to make sure the painting
went to the Senate. This is a unique
opportunity to share the work that
has been done by the Historical So-
ciety and to tell the story of how this
na t i ona l
t r ea su r e
is being
s h a r e d
with the
American
public.
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