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June 11, 2010


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Q: I have a photo of Abraham Lincoln and his son, Thaddius, taken by Alexander Gardner. I am 87 years old and my great- grandfather died in the Civil War. The picture has been in my family for several generations, and I have no children to hand it along to. I would like to give it to a collector so it could be dis- played. -- Virginia, Honeoye, N.Y.


Francis Muzzey, left, guides Wentworth Elementary School Children on an historical tour of the common. See story below. - NCN Courtesy Photo


Wentworth School Is Guided On An Historical Tour


On Thursday, May 20th, stu- dents at


Elementary and Middle Schools were treated to a guided histori- cal tour of the Wentworth Common and the Webster Public Library. This was fol- lowed by an informational visit to the former railroad station which is now the Wentworth Historical Society’s home.


Wentworth’s


Francis Muzzey, the town’s local historian expert, volun- teered his time and knowledge to help educate the students about local history. Prior to this walking tour, Francis Muzzey visited Wentworth’s Elementary and Middle Schools on several occasions to share his knowl- edge of Wentworth history. Mr. Muzzey answered a wide array of questions concerning local history that students from grades 3,4 and 8 had prepared for him.


Students learned that Wentworth’s history ties in directly with national history. For example, after the French and Indian Wars, there was a


Of The Common_____________________________________ mass migration into central New England. With the decline in farm productivity and the development of the railways and transportation routes West, as much as one half of the pop- ulation of New Hampshire and Vermont left New England. Wentworth had a peak popula- tion of 1197 in 1850 and declined right up to 1960, when its population was a mere 300. Even today, the town is unable to surpass the 1850 figure.


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Eighth grade students, as well as grades 3 and 4, will now engage in their own local history research projects for presenta- tion at Wentworth’s Academic Fair, Thursday, June 3rd.


Staff and students at Wentworth Elementary School would like to publicly that Francis Muzzey for his tireless devotion and dedication to the school with his local history presentations.


A: Alexander Gardner was a Scottish-American photogra- pher who was best known for the images he captured of both the American Civil War and President Abraham Lincoln. After working for Mathew Brady from 1856 until 1862, he became an independent photog- rapher. His images of the Lincoln assassination conspira- tors and their executions during the summer of 1865 are still haunting and iconic. Your photograph is probably quite valuable, and I would like to help you find it a good home. I recommend you contact sever- al Lincoln museums, including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, c/o Illinois Historical Preservation Agency, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza, Springfield, IL 62701; the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Site, 2995 Lincoln Farm Road, Hodgenville, KY 42748; and The Lincoln Museum, 200 East


Berry St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802. In addition, there is the Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20540. I hope this is helpful. *** Q: I have a pair of soccer shoes from 1955 that are of an obscure design that had a baked leather toe. I would like to connect with a collector of such memorabilia. -- Clint, Clifton Heights, Pa.


A: I spoke to several collectors who specialize in sports items, and unfortunately there does not seem to be much interest in your soccer shoes. All suggested you market them on eBay. *** Q: I have two Currier & Ives prints, "A Clearing on the American Frontier" and "Preparing for Market." How can I determine if they are worth anything? -- Marie, Stafford, N.Y.


A: George Cohenour buys, sells and collects Currier & Ives prints and is considered an expert. You can contact him at 4301 Beaumont Road, Dover, PA17315, and cohenour@curri- erprints.com. Check out his impressive Web page at www.currierprints.com.


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