The winter 2013 edition of The Inkwell, the Society newsletter, is at the printer now and will be mailed to members shortly after the first of the year. In this packed issue you will find in-depth history articles, a roundup of the latest local heritage news, features about people, and updates on events. It also contains columns that examine research collections and provide practical how-to tips for patrons working with materials in the Cecil County history and genealogy library.
Highlights include a fascinating, thoroughly researched story by Eric Mease about a Civil War Chaplin, the Rev. Joseph Brown of Cherry Hill. He has taken a scholarly look at the pastor’s life by working with the original diaries written during the war, which includes his detention at the infamous Libby Prison. Also there is a column about the man who knew the highs and low in Cecil County. He was H. Wirt Bouchelle, our local weather observer for 55 years.
Make sure you keep up with the latest news from Cecil’s heritage keepers by becoming a member of the Society. And look for some additional exciting news about products for members early in 2013. We will be opening our virtual library, where supporters will be able read archived copies of the Society’s print product spanning a 60 year period. These serials have brought local history articles to readers for generations and are helpful to those digging into the past.
We will also be launching the Annual Journal of Cecil County History. The once a year product will feature long-form original scholarly submissions that add to fresh understanding or revised interpretations about the past. Another focus for 2013 will be the enlargement of the member’s only research section, which will contain e-research materials. Look for details about these and other exciting products, as our all-volunteer organization continues to work to preserve, record and document Cecil’s past.