Local author Helen Baggott introduces a sample of the postcards she has researched for her most recent book at 2.30p.m. on Tuesday 02 November at Gold Hill Museum. “As an amateur genealogist”, Helen says, “I have used the online tools available to research the people who received the postcards. Most were sent in the early 1900s and I began with the census returns for 1901 and 1911. Many of the families I researched for the first book had members who emigrated to America and Canada. Because of that strong connection on both sides of the Atlantic I decided to look for cards that were also sent from America – either to addresses in the UK or in America.”
2020 marked the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower. The Pilgrims left Plymouth on 16 September, 1620, having previously lived in exile in Holland, and landed in Massachusetts on 21 December. Helen has grouped some of the postcards under the thematic title ‘The Mayflower Connection’, a section “dedicated to the story of sailing from Holland, to the United Kingdom, and then on to the New World.”
Please don’t attend this talk if you have reason to believe that you may have Covid or recently been exposed to the virus. The Garden Room will be well ventilated and the seats will be more spaced out than they used to be, with an inevitable reduction in capacity. S&DHS members will have until 2.20p.m. to claim a seat.