March 1991

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Note from the Editors

Again this month we feature articles about the Indians who lived in New York. Robert Koch writes about the symbolic importance of wampum to the red men, and their reverence for the burial places of their family members. You can hear Professor Koch three times a week on Station WXXI, FM 91.5: Tuesdays at 7:45 am, Thursdays at 7:15 am, and Saturdays at 9:30 am.

A. G. Hilbert continues his condensed-time-table pre-history of the Southern Tier. In this timetable the fourteenth minute, or the minute before the last minute, is the time of the Iroquois. Mr. Hilbert tells of them in this issue.

Bill Treichler presents a profile of Phyllis Martin who has done so much to make the Benjamin Patterson Inn Museum such an interesting place to visit for adults and for the school children who come in busloads every week, some on a regular basis to attend school in the Browntown School House that is a part of the museum complex.

Shirley McNulty tells what life was like on the bluff above Keuka Lake when she was a little girl.

Rev. Robert McNamara presents the third installment of his biographical sketch of his father, Doctor Thomas Alexander McNamara. There is a picture of Thomas Alexander with his doctor brothers and their father and sisters. Robert McNamara has written Charles Carroll of Belle Vue, co-founder of Rochester, 1980; and William Frisby Fitzhugh, co-founder of Rochester, 1984.

Ed Harris gives us another story from his book about Dundee, Harpending's Corners. This month Ed tells about his three great aunts who lived long lives together in Dundee.

This issue concludes with another chapter from Caroline Kirkland's 1839 book, A New Home. This month she writes of the natural beauties of Michigan: its greeness, its transparent atmosphere, its mirror lakes, its "oak openings", its gentle features.

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