Every Man (or Woman) His Own Gardener

The Right Half of My Favorite Garden: Hostas, Evening Primrose; Varigated Solomon's Seal; Astilbe; Lingularia; Lily of the Valley; and Lenten Rose

Although the summer solstice isn’t until June, many consider Memorial Day as the beginning of summer.   Gardeners, in particular, use this weekend to begin many of their yearly tasks in the garden.  They bring out plants grown over the winter under fluorescent lamps in the basement; they buy annuals that will survive the minor fluctuations of temperature; and they open the perennial gardens and begin to repair the damage caused by a long, cold winter. Read more

Documents of Musical Life in Salem

March for the 35th Regiment, circa 1789

This blog post was written by Ann Morrison Spinney, who processed the collection under the supervision of Tamara Gaydos, as part of her internship for Introduction to Archival Services at Simmons GSLIS.

The Phillips Library contains a fascinating collection of manuscripts documenting the musical activities and tastes of local people. In this collection we can see the development of local repertories as well as the changing styles in music and dance from the late eighteenth to the late nineteenth centuries. We can listen in on public and private musical entertainments.

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