Monroe connects with slate

It is funny how an idea, an object, or a person can make unexpected connections for us. MCHA Executive Director Amy Leiser’s article on the urgency to replace the Stroud Mansion roof in the last issue of The Fanlight made an immediate connection for me. The connection was not the roof itself, but the material to be used for the new roof. Read More...

Monroe explores the history of shoemaking

I must say the most insignificant thing can spark my imagination. Just the other day a sheet of paper sticking out of a file folder drew my attention. Now, I challenge our readers to know what a shoe peg is. The folder’s one sheet of paper that sparked my research was a 1998 article “Shoe Pegs and Pocono Timber” from Dignity magazine. The photo in the article certainly wasn’t a shoe! Even without a caption I would have known that it was a mill that manufactured this product from wood. Read More...

Monroe checks out new servant’s room

After all the excitement of the holiday season, it feels good to do just whatever I want. While perusing back copies of The Fanlight, an article on the renovations on the third floor of the Mansion caught my eye. It has been ages since I made a visit to the third floor, so I decided that the servant’s bedroom there would be a good place to start. Read More...