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New GFA DVDs Available PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Sunday, 11 February 2018 14:45

Former GFA President F. Hugh Grinnell has arranged for the duplication and distribution of two DVDs for the GFA:

The Crown of the Continent which was an article written by George Bird Grinnell and published in 1901 in The Century Magazine which described the beauties of the area soon to become Glacier National Park. George Bird Grinnell is called The Father of Glacier National Park.

Publisher Jack Hubbell produced this 90-minute DVD, all about Glacier National Park, which includes the rapidly-receding Grinnell Glacier. It has been shown on several PBS stations. Other topics of this DVD include:

* Glacier formation; history traced from the Ice Age.

* Man In Glacier

* George Bird Grinnell exploration, discoveries, naming, and mapping

* Great Northern Railway involvement in promoting the Park

* Building of the hotels and chalets

* Transportation within the Park, including the history of the White Motor Company red tour buses

* Building the Going To The Sun Road

* Clips from the 1956 Great Northern Railway promotional film about Glacier National Park

* And tons of incredible scenery!!!

Last Updated ( Monday, 19 February 2018 00:58 )
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Going West: Grinnells on the Move - Grinnell Family Association 2018 Reunion PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Sunday, 11 February 2018 14:22

Radisson hotel, Rochester

For our 2018 Reunion we have chosen Rochester, New York as our site.  Western New York is a fascinating historical region where so many families from colonial New England began their westward migration, expanding the reach of the United States borders following the American Revolution.  Rochester is home to the the Strong National Museum of Play, Seneca Park Zoo, George Eastman Museum, Seabreeze Amusement Park, Rochester Museum and Science Center, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Memorial Art Gallery, Finger Lakes Wine Country, National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House, Erie Canal Trail, and so much more.

Last Updated ( Monday, 19 February 2018 01:14 )
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Craftsmen Working in Colonial America and the New Republic PDF Print E-mail
Written by David L. Grinnell   
Sunday, 31 January 2016 17:53

by David L. Grinnell (GFA #95)

Three generations of the Dominy family of East Hampton, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York functioned as craftsmen from ca. 1760 to ca. 1850. Nathaniel Dominy IV (1737-1812) was a woodworker and metalworker producing tall case clocks, furniture, and repairing thousands of pocket watches. His son, Nathaniel Dominy V (1770-1852) practiced all forms of woodworking. His activity included work as a furniture joiner, millwright, house carpenter, cooper, and supplier of agricultural tools to farmers in East Hampton township – Sag Harbor to Montauk. Nathaniel V’s son, Felix Dominy (1800-1868) was trained to be a clock and watchmaker. He worked primarily as a maker of tall case clocks and repairer of pocket watches over a short time span of ca. 1815 to 1828 when technological unemployment forced him to forego craft activity and take a job as keeper of the Fire Island lighthouse.

Direct descendants of the Dominy craftsmen kept together and preserved the craftsmen’s shop equipment, tools, and manuscript material on their original site until 1946 thus preserving the only complete record of craftsmen working in colonial America and the New Republic.

The Dominy Craftsmen Collection will contain a revised and enlarged digital edition of With Hammer in Hand by Charles F. Hummel; the extensive collection of Dominy family manuscript material in the Joseph Downs Manuscript and Printed Ephemera Collection, Winterthur Library, Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, Delaware; a video-taped lecture about the Dominy craftsmen; and a brief description of books owned by the craftsmen and members of their families.

(The Dominy Craftsmen Collection http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/Dominy)

Last Updated ( Sunday, 31 January 2016 18:09 )
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GFA Co-Founder Edsel W. Grinnell (1922-2015) Passes at Age 92 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Sunday, 15 March 2015 13:41

We just received the sad news that one of the original five founders of the Grinnell Family Association of America, Edsel Grinnell, passed away at Medina, NY, on 13 March 2015 at the age of 92. Ed served as president of the GFA for several years in the 1980s. He and his beloved wife Swanie, who passed away on 28 January 2011, were regular and enthusiastic attendees at the Grinnell Family Association reunions.

Last Updated ( Friday, 20 March 2015 07:34 )
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Grinnell Genealogy Book - Progress Report PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Saturday, 29 November 2014 16:23

Last month, I extracted a GEDCOM (Genealogical Data COMmunication) file from the Grinnell genealogy database—the one that I still intend (yeah, you’ve heard that one before…) to make available to GFA members, along with the archive of GFA newsletters all the way back to Vol. 1, No. 1. But that’s a different topic that I do promise to address in the near future.

The GEDCOM file, containing the names of over 40,000 individuals and linked information of almost 15,000 marriages, was brought into a genealogical database program called Genbox. This program, virtually unheard of by most folks in the genealogy biz, hasn’t been updated in several years, but it has a combination of features that I have yet to find in any other genealogy database computer programs—at least for those who want to publish a genealogy:

Last Updated ( Saturday, 29 November 2014 16:39 )
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