Sunday, February 17, 2008

Some housekeeping

Just so everybody knows, today I put up a family tree of the Pringle and Simmons family here. All hail the power of Photoshop! I've spent many a conversation trying to clear up the fact that Mary Jane Hudson, Mary Hudson Pringle, and Mary Hudson Simmons were all different people. Although it can be difficult to keep everybody straight, hopefully this family tree will help. Not all of the names are on there, of course - I would need a lot more space for that - but the people that appeared most frequently in the letters are included.

Plans for the celebration of Carroll's donation of the LeDuc to the Minnesota Historical Society continue to move forward. A tentative panel of speakers has been assembled that includes ten or fifteen of Carroll's surviving friends and acquaintances. I am definitely looking forward to hearing their stories. If all goes well, everything will be recorded and transcribed.

The following dates are important ones:

July 11, 7:00 pm - Tribute to Carroll Simmons - St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Hastings. This event will include music and a discussion of Carroll's life and work. (I've been asked to write the script for that, so wish me luck that I can do my remarkable subject justice!)

July 16, time TBA; July 17, time TBA - We Remember Carroll Simmons - LeDuc House, Hastings. A two-night panel discussion where Carroll's friends and family discuss him and his work.

July 18, 19, 20 - Fine Antique Show, Sale, and Appraisals - LeDuc House, Hastings.

I plan on being at all of these events, so if you stop by, I'd love to see you. I plan on bringing along my trusty poster-board that discusses Carroll's family and career, so be sure to take a look at that.

Lastly -

Please, friends, continue to get the word out about this website. Keep checking back for updates. And please please please email me with your thoughts, comments, and ideas. If you come across any obvious - or not so obvious - errors, please let me know so I can correct them. I'm anticipating more traffic here over the summer as Hastings celebrates Carroll's legacy, and I want to present as much factual information about him and his family as possible.

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