Tag Archives: Chautauqua

When History and Family History Intersect

Over a year ago, GeneaJourneys readers were introduced to Grace Desmond (1891-1972)–a  gifted pianist at the turn of the last century, who just happens to be my  aunt. Our family knew nothing of Grace’s fascinating past which I was fortunate … Continue reading

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A Chautauqua Serenade to Some Early 20th Century Ancestors

About a year ago I was contacted by Jay Sherwood, a retired school librarian and teacher who hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but who has lived in Canada for the past 40 years. He had some startling information for me about my … Continue reading

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Aunt Grace

Grace Desmond, my sweet and much beloved aunt, in 1913 when she was about 22 years old. Grace traveled the Chautauqua Circuit as she, an accomplished pianist, and her troupe of fellow entertainers, brought culture to rural America in the … Continue reading

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