May Drawing Winner
Winner of the May drawing for a Clontarf Prairie Pub t-shirt is Eileen Doherty Bliss! Your name was chosen from those who left comment on the blog in May. I will send you an email to get your address. Congratulations Eileen, and thanks for commenting!
There weren’t many comments in May, but I suppose that is because there were not many posts to the blog in May! I will do better…more Clontarf history this summer…I promise! What do you like to see on Clontarf History? Photographs? Newspaper clippings? McDermott Store ledger? Family histories? Let me know what you are interested in reading about!
Swift County Historical Society Program
Eileen McCormack will be speaking at the Swift County Historical Society in Benson on Thursday, June 23rd @ 7:30pm. The following appeared in the SCHS May/June 2011 newsletter:
The Dutiful Son
Mark your calendars.
Thursday, June 23 – 7:30 PM
Program at the Museum in Benson
The Dutiful Son Louis W. Hill: Life in the Shadow of the Empire Builder James J. Hill
Eileen McCormack, researcher for the new biography of Louis W. Hill, will give an illustrated talk on the book, The Dutiful Son. In addition to talking about the life of Louis Hill, the presentation will include a brief look at James J. Hill and his career as a builder of the Great Northern Railway and a Gilded Age capitalist.
Louis HIll’s life was more than railroads. Eileen will discuss his early life, marriage and family, development of Glacier National Park, involvement in banking and settlement along the railroad and his later life and personal philanthropy.
The power point presentation will give guests an opportunity to view pictures of the Hill homes, family, and other aspects of their lives. It will give an insight to what it was like being a member of the Hill family. Eileen welcomes questions about the Hill family and their empire. Society members are asked to invite family and friends to this special program. There is no fee to attend. Refreshments will be served.
If you are in the neighborhood, plan on attending this program. Eileen really knows her Hill family history. Before becoming assistant curator of the James J. Hill Family Papers (formerly located at the James J. Hill Reference Library in St. Paul, now at the Minnesota Historical Society) Eileen was an interpreter at the James J. Hill House on Summit Avenue in Saint Paul. Today, Eileen’s company (formed in 2007 with daughter Regan) Archival Solutions provides historical research and archival services for individuals, businesses, and local organizations.
Don’t miss it!
Find a Grave
Finally, I wanted to mention the website Find a Grave. This site has added 118 graves from St. Malachy Cemetery, Clontarf to its database. Check it out. More information to come on how we can add more graves to the listing…this is a fantastic resource for genealogists, family historians, and anyone interested in where their family is buried. Stay tuned…
Have a great weekend!