Wednesday, August 26, 2015


This past weekend, my daughter and I took a trip to Galena, IL. We enjoyed the museums, the shopping, and the dining, and took in a live show.

Here are some of the photographs. Ah, summer, how I'm going to miss you.

Peace in Union by Nast. It is hard to get the scope of this picture until you see it in person. The painting is 9 ft. by 12 ft.

General Grant's saddle. He was a gifted horseman, His favorite was a thoroughbred named
Cincinnati, and his backup was a horse named Jack. 

Grant's top hat and case, along with some of his cigars. Before the war, Grant rarely smoked, and when he did, he smoked a pipe. But a photograph of him holding a cigar was circulated early in the war, and after his success at Fort Donaldson, folks began sending him cigars by the barrel full. He gave away many of them, but began smoking them frequently, too.

Heather and her mascot, Okapi. Okapi got her picture taken many times on this trip. :)

The DeSoto House hotel, where Abraham Lincoln and US Grant both gave speeches from the second floor balcony.

This flag was rescued off a sinking ship during the War of 1812. To the far left is a spyglass that was used first in the War of 1812, then over 100 years later by the original owner's descendant in World War 1. 

This house is at the museum Vesterheim in Decorah, IA. The entire cabin was made from a SINGLE White Pine Log.

I loved this painting in the Washburne House in Galena. This is my next heroine. I love her glasses.

Heather and I took in a live show by Jim Post as Mark Twain. It was delightful, and afterwards, we got a photo op. 

I loved this dress.

From the Washburne house. This was the mirror over the fireplace in the library, the room where Grant waited to receive election results from his run for the White House. Mr. Washburne had a telegraph installed in the library to receive results, and this marked the first time an election was reported with results within 24 hrs of the polls closing.

I wish our current politicians would take as much responsibility for their actions.

Heather at the lookout over Guttenburg IA.

Heather and Okapi in front of the Washburne house. Elihu Washburne was the brother of Cadwallader Washburne of Minneapolis whose mill, the Washburne A exploded in the 1870's in downtown Minneapolis.

Grant's statue in Grant Park. There was a Civil War re-enactment bivouac in the park that evening.

Elihu Washburne's desk. Notice how the louvers on the shutters are vertical, not horizontal.
We had a fabulous time and made some great memories. 

Where have you been this summer? What memories have you made?


  1. Looks like so much fun!!! Thanks for sharing your pictures. :)

  2. I had a blast! Thanks for vacationing with me, Mom! :)

  3. Looks like great fun, not only a walk in history, but a great time with your daughter!


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