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Even United States presidents get motoring to Harper’s Ferry to enjoy the view!

The Washington Post reported on October 17, 1915 (WILSON AT OLD INN, Motors to Harpers Ferry and Country Dinner is Served, TIPS WAITRESS WHEN HE PAYS) that President Wilson and his fiance, Mrs. Norman Galt, along with his cousins, Misses Lucy and Mary Smith of New Orleans motored to Harper’s Ferry for lunch.  (NYT version here.)

“The party left the White House yesterday morning without telling even White House officials where they were going. It was raining and the roads were muddy, but the holiday makers were not to be discouraged, and noon found the White House car at Harpers Ferry, 72 miles away. At an inn overlooking the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers the President registered, writing ‘Woodrow Wilson and party.’ “

And what inn was this? Hill Top House, of course!

“Hill Top House is run by Thomas Lovett, who took the greatest pleasure in escorting the party over the hotel, taking them on to the great balcony, where can be seen the beautiful country for miles around, including numerous points of historical interest. It happened that it will be 56 years today since the famous John Brown started his raiding at Harpers Ferry.”

They were served a dinner in the main dining room which sounds delicious! Roast lamb, fried chicken, boiled ham, creamed rice and corn dodgers the “well-known southern corn cakes.” President Wilson paid for the meal himself and tipped the waitress, Martha Smith.

Later that evening, the Woodrow Wilson party attended a performance of George Bernard Shaw‘s Androcles and the Lion at the Belasco in Washington, DC.

There you have it! Another reason to visit Harper’s Ferry this weekend!

P.S. The visit to Harper’s Ferry may not have been entirely coincidental. President Wilson was initially supported by W.E.B. Du Bois, as well as many other African American leaders, but President Wilson introduced segregationist policies for federal government employment. Woodrow Wilson has been identified as the presidential candidate who greatly encouraged African American voters to leave the Republican Party and join the Democratic Party. Another Niagara Movement participant figured in Woodrow Wilson’s policies toward African Americans, William Monroe Trotter. In July 1915, United States forces invaded Haiti which drew a lot of criticism from Du Bois. 

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by Teresa Barth

Emerald Green, by Kerstin Gier, published by Henry Holt & Co (English), 2013

Categories:  Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Time Travel

I just finished Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier, the third of the Ruby Red Trilogy.  The story is about a young lady by the name of Gwyneth who is one of twelve people who can time travel but she has a couple of extra gifts that nobody knows about.  One is she can see ghost and the best one is  Xemerius who is a gargoyle.   He loves eating other ghosts and spitting water. He adds a little comic relief. Her friend, Lesley, is a smart and loves solving puzzles and help Gwyneth figure out boys and who is out to get her.   Gideon is a time traveler too, and is the on again off again love of Gwyneth.  This story has more time traveling and more costumes.  I love reading about some of the costumes.  How they were made and the colors.  It helps me be in that time and place because of the images it put in my mind. I like second and third book of the series the best.  The ending was ok, I guess. We get the happy ever after but I would have liked to know a little more about Gwyneth and her family and friends and of course Xemerius.  Did she get Xemerius a cat? Will I ever know?

(This is the second of a review series of those books either available for sale at Steam at Harper’s Ferry, or steampunk or Victorian Themed books, in general. Want to submit a review? Send an email to info@steamatharpersferry.com with the book title and proposed review (not to exceed 250 words) for consideration.)

 

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Steam at Harper’s Ferry made it through another year. We are now in the midst of a federal government shut down which will certainly have an impact on all the merchants in the lower town who have come to rely on the Park being open and operating! Hopefully, this situation will be resolved quickly.

In the meantime, here are some positive reflections on our second year. So much was accomplished! In addition to expanding our artist roster and organizing a second annual Art Walk, we started a new imprint, Steam at Harper’s Ferry Press – introduced Steam-exclusive postcards, and participated as a vendor at a steampunk event!

None of this would have happened without the help and support of Jason Edwards who managed to stay a lot more calm than I over the course of this year.

October 2012

Steam was fortunate to have the works of Josh Aterovis and Mark Schumaker in the gallery. Josh specializes in steampunk jewelry comprised of antique watch parts and other embellishments. Mark Schumaker displayed his fantastic door knockers.

November 2012

In November, the popular exhibit “Steampunk Leisure” ended featuring the work of Teresa Dunham Cavagnaro a photographer from Hedgesville, WV and Nancy Kautz, a water color painter from Harpers Ferry, WV. The posters and 3D images by Steam’s resident Artist, Jason Edwards, were a big hit. Kasey Hendricks dropped off prints of her “Sleep in Heavenly Timepiece” illustration just in time for the holiday season!

December 2012

The 42nd Annual Harpers Ferry Olde Tyme Christmas was held the first two weekends of December. Jonah Knight performed in the gallery on opening day. In the exhibit “Winter Themes and Best of Steam” Steam featured many of our most popular artists, including Pith Helmet Provisions, Christopher Loggie, Kasey Hendricks, Josh Aterovis, Mark Schumaker and Jason Edwards. Steam re-installed our most popular 3D images with a new one featuring a view of Harper’s Ferry from Jefferson’s Rock. We had the good fortune to participate in a “Steampunk Stroll” organized by The Steampunk Family. In addition, we had some new steampunk espresso cups for sale which were made by local artist Phil Berneburg. Theresa Barth contributed to our festive decor with steampunk stockings which decorated our mantle. The letterpress was pumping away with our annual Christmas cards.

January 2013

Steam posted a call to artists for the next exhibit, “Big Top Steam.” We also posted our first guest book review of “Sapphire Blue” prepared by Theresa Barth. Also beginning this month, Steam started promoting the Second Annual Bolivar-Harper’s Ferry Community Art Walk. Harpers Ferry National Park Bookshop, Tenfold Fair Trade Collection, Westwind Potters, Mary Adams and Scoops were the first businesses to sign up!

February 2013

The “Big Top Steam” exhibit opened this month. Big Top Steam’s featured artists were Leigh Anne Cassell and Lindsey Donaldson with special installations by two additional artists, Eric Holstine and Phil Berneburg.

March 2013

Steam was awarded a grant from Aha! for the Second Annual Bolivar-Harper’s Ferry Community Art Walk! Our first Steam-exclusive postcards featuring Harper’s Ferry themes became available for purchase. March also saw the first publication under the Steam at Harper’s Ferry Press imprint “The Acme Corporation, a political science fiction fantasy, by V. Edwards Clarke. We also started our “Steam’s Got Tech” postcard series.

April 2013

This month was filled with preparations for the Second Annual Bolivar-Harper’s Ferry Community Art Walk starting at the Visitor’s Bureau in Bolivar and ending at the Harpers Ferry National Park Bookshop. All told, there were 21 participating venues and over 50 artists. Steam prepared commemorative woodblock prints for the event as well as commemorative bags which held various “goodies” supplied by some participating merchants and artists. Thanks go out to Theresa Barth and Kenzie Allen who volunteered to help greet walkers at the Hill Top parking lot (which looked awesome, by the way). The Big Top Steam exhibit closed this month. On April 26, Steam released its second publication under the Steam at Harper’s Ferry Press imprint “Of Steam and Spring – A Calliope Romance.” Illustrations by Kasey Hendricks.

May 2013

Jason Edwards had a solo show entitled “Aware Amusings” featuring some previously seen and unseen work from this collection. The next exhibit “Around the World” was announced with a call to artists. Steam added a third publication under its Steam at Harper’s Ferry Press imprint “Guide to Creating and Protecting Fictional Characters” which debuted at the Steampunk World’s Fair at a seminar called “Character Development and the Law” held by Cynthia Gayton. Illustrations by Jason Edwards.

June 2013

The “Aware Amusings” exhibit ends. The “Around the World” exhibit begins on June 29 featuring the work of John Hoffmaster and Leigh Anne Cassell. Chris Loggie is a guest artist for this exhibit, along with Steam’s Resident Artist, Jason Edwards, who prepared the promotional illustration. Theresa Barth dropped by some handmade France-themed tiny top hats for decoration. On June 28, Steam had a pre-opening reception with the artists as well as the Artomatic@Jefferson volunteer team.

July 2013

The “Around the World” exhibit continues. Steam began promoting exclusive new hand-painted goggles and handmade tiny top hats.

August 2013

The “Around the World” exhibit closes. Cynthia Gayton made a steampunk in literature presentation at the Bolivar-Harper’s Ferry Public Library on August 15. At the presentation, Steam distributed to attendees the first of a new postcard series featuring Jefferson County inventors. The featured inventors were Estelle Black, Royal Emerson Whitman and John Hall.

September 2013

Steam’s “Travels in Time” exhibit opens featuring the work of Eric Holstine, Leigh Anne Cassell and Jason Edwards. For the first time, Steam is a vendor at a steampunk event! On September 7, Steam at Harper’s Ferry was a vendor at The Steampunk Family’s Steampunk Croquet Picnic! It was a lot of fun.

Thank you, everyone, for your support!

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Exhibit “Travels in Time” – September 21 – November 17

The “Travels in Time” exhibit has begun! On view through November 17, 2013 are the works of artists Eric Holstine from Charlston, WV (mixed media); Leigh Anne Cassell from Charles Town, WV (illustration); and Jason Edwards, Steam at Harper’s Ferry’s Resident Artist, Harper’s Ferry, WV (digital art). This exhibit explores various manifestations of time travel through several artistic interpretations. Eric Holstine created at Steampunk Time Machine (on the hour, theme music from Myst or Doctor Who!), Leigh Anne Cassell has a Steampunk Doctor Who illustration, and Jason Edwards uses digital art in video and visual art form to give the viewer a sense of how it would feel to travel in time.

What’s New at Steam

In addition to the wonderful art by Eric, Leigh Anne and Jason, another popular artist has dropped off her work – just in time for Halloween! Check out Kasey’s Steampunk Halloween piece.

Just in time for fall and the upcoming holiday season, Steam at Harper’s Ferry has some new accessories for your autumn outfits and costumes!

Cynthia Gayton will be doing a presentation on Tourism and Retail as part of the West Virginia Entrepreneurial Success Speaker Series at Shepherd University on Wednesday, October 16, (6:30 – 8 pm) hosted by the West Virginia Enterprise Initiative, Dr. Caroline Glackin, and Edward L. Snyder Endowed Chair at Shepherd University, and sponsored by the Shepherd University Lifelong Learning Program.

Artomatic in Jefferson County – Begins this month!

The wait is over! Artomatic@Jefferson begins this month. There will be some wonderful artists to meet and art work to appreciate. Cynthia Gayton (Steam at Harper’s Ferry owner and Volunteer Attorney for Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts) and John Mason (Board Member and Chair, Education committee for Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts) are leading two Creative Entrepreneur workshops. Stop by and see some FSK (Folks Steam Knows) – Alison Mee, Heather Miller, Ginny Fite, Gregg McNabb, Gil Narro Garcia, James Shumate, McKenzie Allen and Todd Coyle. Go to the Artomatic@Jefferson website for details..

Thank you for reading!

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