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Massachusetts #2

Written on June 18, 2008 by mimecine

When we travel we are as into looking for objects as much as visiting cultural landmarks, museums, trying local food, checking out the nature, meeting all types of people, etc etc. If we didn’t do these things I think out experience would be half of what it is and I’d be bored anyway. On our first day in the state we visited The Mount, designed and built by Edith Wharton. It was her home during a particularly prolific moment in her career. In researching MA I was impressed by all of the significant female icons who resided in/ hailed from the state: Edith Wharton, Emily Dickinson, Louisa May Alcott, Susan B. Anthony to name a few. Cool. The house was impressive… as is typical for us we both found the unrenovated area more inspiring. We had a KIOSK find there as well! We came across this excellent safety ladder which is made in Massachusetts, I am hoping to bring it into the collection. According to a recent AP wire The Mount needs to raise $6 million by Oct. 31 to avoid foreclosure. I guess the rich in our country aren’t so interested in preserving homages to the rich of the past. Gilded Age #1 meet Gilded Age #2, we are back here again! It is interesting to note that during the last Gilded Age there were quite close contests between Republicans and Democrats. Are we perhaps at a significant breaking point now? From Wikipedia: “The end of the Gilded Age coincided with the Panic of 1893, a deep depression. The depression lasted until 1897 and marked a major political realignment in the election of 1896.” We have been in a recession for a few years now after all and history repeats itself in many different forms.

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