We were both so busy over Memorial Day weekend at different cemeteries and with our families that we did not have time to finish our research for the planned episode this week. However, we have a very special return guest with a fascinating story joining us next week and we will be able to return to our regularly scheduled program! We humbly apologize and we thank you for sticking with us on all of our Ordinary Extraordinary Cemetery journeys. Until we meet again!
Dec. 29, 2022

Episode 116 - Christmas; Or the Good Fairy: A Harriet Beecher Stowe Christmas Story

Episode 116 - Christmas; Or the Good Fairy: A Harriet Beecher Stowe Christmas Story

Jennie and Dianne have made a tradition of sharing classic Christmas stories each year and have chosen an especially lovely to share as we say goodbye to 2022 and hello to the new year. This year the ladies pay a quick visit to the grave of Harriet Beecher Stowe whose novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin" made her a household name prior to the American Civil War. She was a woman who stood up for her beliefs her entire life and worked to better the lives of those less fortunate. She was a wife, mother, abolitionist, suffragette, and writer. In addition to "Uncle Tom's Cabin", Harriet Beecher Stowe published more than 30 other books, articles and short stories; including several about Christmas, many with themes of helping others and being thankful for what one has. Dianne and Jennie are grateful for each and every listener this past year. They wish everyone a safe and happy 2023.

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Resources used to research this episode include:

Ralston, Gail. "A little cemetery -- a lot of history ." https://www.andovertownsman.com. 5 Dec. 2013. www.andovertownsman.com/news/local_news/a-little-cemetery----a-lot-of-history/article_615c393a-75e0-5e66-8b77-9ed1dc2aeaf7.html. Accessed 26 Dec. 2022.

Stowe Center, Harriet Beecher. "Life." https://www.harrietbeecherstowecenter.org/. www.harrietbeecherstowecenter.org/harriet-beecher-stowe/harriet-beecher-stowe-life/. Accessed 26 Dec. 2022.

Beecher Stowe, Hariett. "Christmas; or, The Good Fairy ." https://americanliterature.com/. americanliterature.com/author/harriet-beecher-stowe/short-story/christmas-or-the-good-fairy. Accessed 26 Dec. 2022.

Photo of Harriet Beecher Stowe in the Public Domain 

Christmas child image in the Public Domain 

Photo of Harriet Beecher Stowe grave by Midnightdreary and shared under the Creative Common Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License agreement. https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Stowe,_Harriet_Beecher_grave.jpg