Excitement ahead for 2014!

Isn’t it wonderful to know that spring might really get here soon? Here in New York City, we’ve had ourselves a bitterly cold and snowy winter, but the bulbs are starting to peek out of the flower beds, and while it’s still chilly and rainy, at least we’re not shoveling snow this week!

Here are a few tidbits to keep you up-to-date on what’s new. The National Episcopal Historians and Archivists (NEHA) are getting ready for the summer historical conference, to be held June 17-20 in Salt Lake City. The theme this year is The Quiet Strength of the Episcopal Church: Our Forgotten Women, and we know you’ll have a great time, so go ahead and register!

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A sad note….we received word in February of the passing of Cynthia McFarland, historiographer and archivist of the Diocese of New Jersey and managing editor of Anglicans Online (her obituary is here). If you joined us in Buffalo for the 2012 NEHA Conference, you’d certainly remember her lively presentation on Bishop John Henry Hobart and his time in Auburn, New York (photo above). Cynthia was very knowledgeable and also great fun, and we will miss her.

Are you looking for a great springtime read that satisfies your quest to learn more about a First Lady with a fascinating life? Your communications blogger/reference librarian is in the middle of just such a book and suggests that you go online right now (use the EWHP link to shop Amazon) and have a look at A Traveled First Lady. Louisa Catherine Adams, wife of President John Quincy Adams, is the only foreign-born First Lady, and this work tells about her early years in London and Paris as shown in her diary. Wonderful stuff–look for a review in this space sometime soon!

So, what do you think?