Below is the obituary for Dr. Arthur Wright, one of my ancestors who served as a doctor in the Union army during the Civil War. He fought at the battles of Fort Donelson and Pittsburg Landing (Battle of Shiloh) and later in Missouri before the Missouri Compromise. Continue reading →
This podcast is an interview with Mary Elizabeth Hilsman Smith, daughter of Mary Elizabeth Milligan, an American raised in Victoria de Las Tunas, Cuba before the rise of Fidel Castro. Beth recalls her childhood and stories of her mother and ancestors in Rockport, Indiana, Plant City, Florida and Cuba.
Below is a picture taken before the Wesseler’s and Milligan’s emigrated to Cuba from Rockport, Indiana. The back of the photo is in the second picture with the writing showing the description of the people in the photo. Continue reading →
Below are scanned images of a letter written by Samuel White, one of my ancestors from a battlefield near Baltimore, Maryland during the Civil War. It talks of the whereabouts of Arthur White in Missouri. I found the letter folded in its original envelope. The interesting part is that the letter was addressed to a Milligan in Puerto Padre in the Las Tunas province of Cuba. See below. Continue reading →
Arthur White, one of my ancestors, was a doctor in Rockport, Indiana. He served in the Union Army during the Civil War. Yesterday, I found two letters from the Civil War, two obituaries and a tin-type of Arthur White when he was about 4 years old. The letter below was dated April 8th, 1862.
Letter home from the Civil War Battlefield, Pittsburgh, PA in 1862
My family spends vacations at the South Georgia coast and we often take trips down to St. Augustine, Florida for a day trip. The highlight of this trip is our traditional lunch at a Cuban restaurant called, Habana Village Cafe. Most tourists are more familiar with the Columbia Restaurant that is one of the oldest restaurants in Florida but we prefer the cafe for their Lechon Asado, Cuban salad and fried Yucca. Continue reading →
I own a video documentary on Cuba from Community Solutions. They traveled to Cuba and met with permaculturists and government sustainability representatives to document how Cuba adapted to living in an oil-restricted economy after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Continue reading →
I found this website doing some research on Havana, Cuba. Havana Before Castro is a book documenting the life through photos and artifacts from Havana in the 1950s. I plan on getting the book soon and will provide a review once I’ve read it.
(they have a Kindle version on Amazon but it looks like it has a lot of photos so that may not be the best format to choose) Continue reading →
I enjoy listening to the music of Cuba. There is a lot of new content that is a mix of hip hop, rap, salsa and r&b but my favorite is the traditional music of Cuba known as Son. If you do a Google search on “Cuban son,” you can find some of this traditional Cuban music. Continue reading →