Donn's Blog - Hidden Treasures
Docent Donn Smith has been poking around the Mather Homestead and he has found treasures abound! Check out his blogs which document his findings including artifacts from 250 years of American life including a bible from 1743, a girl's dress from the 1860's, Stephen Mather's camera, and more. 

Thank you Donn Smith for your research and blogs!

What Have They Talked About for 65 Years? - Monday, July 29th

Roots and Seeds - Wednesday, July 31st

If Wishes Were... - Monday, August 5th

Have You Seen This Man? - Wednesday, August 14th

She Wore Blue... - Monday, August 19th

Great-grandson of a Preacher Man - Monday, August 26th

In the Days Before Fortnite... - Monday, September 2nd

What Comes Up Must Come Down... - Monday, September 9th

A Look Back to That Middle Name... - Monday, September 30th

50 Years Ago This Year... - Monday, October 7th

Sometimes a Map Leads to a Chest... - Monday, October 14th

A Tie That Binds - Monday, October 21st

Was it really sheepskin? - Wednesday, March 18th

Rana's Shawl - Thursday, March 19th

A Second Cousin, A Notable First - Monday, March 23rd

Another Second Cousin, A Noble First - Winona Caroline Martin- Wednesday, March 25th

The Fabrics (and Follies) of Their Lives - Tuesday, March 31st

The Diary of Michael Floy, Jr.

Lights, Camera - Monday, April 13th

From Field to Dreams - Wednesday, April 15th

Ten Stamps, One Special Delivery - Tuesday, April 22nd

Ahhh, Wilderness... - Friday, May 1st

The Iceman Cometh - Monday, May 4th

There Are Moments That Words Don't Reach - Friday, May 8th

The Ted Mack Family Hour - Wednesday, May 13th

Saturday in the Park with Eleanor - Friday, May 15th

The Getty…the Whitney…and the Mather Attic - March 25, 2020

Here comes the bride…breakfast to follow - March 25, 2020

The Lineage of Happy Osborn Wakeman Mather - March 25, 2020

The Mather “Mother” Matter - March 25, 2020

The Last Woman Standing - April 15, 2020

To debut or not debut, that was the question - April 15, 2020

A Tree Grows in Darien - Does it Still? - April 15, 2020

Party like it's 1778 ... 175th Anniversary Celebration at the Mather Homestead, September 12, 1953

A rare book and the legacy of Moses Mather

The lineage of Hannah Smith Scott, Mother of Sarah Scott, wife of Deacon Joseph Mather

The Rockefeller Letters

And all before frequent flyer miles ... Stephen T. Mather and the Pan Pacific Conference

Party like it's 1778 ... the Sequel.  200th Anniversary Celebration at the Mather Homestead.  June 17, 1978

Another one for "the books" - an appreciation of John Roberts Hoole - October 20, 2020

A book of flowers ... an artist and her cousin - October 20, 2020

Dear Uncle Joe ... I suppose you will be looking for me at home tonight but - October 20, 2020

The Sutcliffe Letters - October 23 ,2020

What slave should be held any longer? - October 23, 2020

The Revelations of three family Bibles in the Homestead Attic - October 27, 2020

Rabbit or Boar, and wait, there's more! - October 27, 2020

"Mystery Books?"  Perhaps not.  7 strangers in the second floor bookcase - November 12, 2020

The Under-glass Menagerie.  The Height of Fashion:  Victorian Parlor Domes - November 13, 2020

"...prominent in his devotion to the cause of human freedom ..." an appreciation of James Floy, D.D. - November 14, 2020

More than words alone ... treasures from the golden age of illustration - November 14, 2020

"Dear Father" - Excerpts of letters from Stephen Mather to Josephen Wakeman Mather - December 17, 2020

Wheels and deals ... and a steal too?  Joseph W. Mather's horse and carriage correspondence - January 11, 2021

The Man who Be, and Was, King - January 16, 2021

Chateau du Mather - January 28, 2021

It's a stormy, dreary day - January 28, 2021

My Darling Wife ..." a Letter from Stephen Mather to Jeanie Floy Mather - February 13, 2021

Dr. Hosack Has Departed this Life ... the Mather Connection to David Hosack
March 23, 2021

Putting Faces to Names.... Three Faces of Mather Family Photographs
March 23, 2021

"In twenty-five words or less ..." a selection of inscriptions from books in the Homestead 
April 21, 2021

“She rests at last beneath the starry skies…” The Mather Cemetery and the children of Deacon Mather - April 27, 2021

“I make the following bequests…”  A brief look at the Last Will and Testament of Stephen T. Mather - May 6, 2021

When the 4th of July was Flag Day too!  A Birthday Celebration for Stephen Mather - July 27, 2021
Kissing Cousins: A genealogical look at four early Mather family marriages - August 11, 2021
All in the Families: A genealogical look at four more Mather family marriages - August 11, 2021


“How was your birthday?”  “It was a blast!”  A look at the Many Glacier Sawmill “episode”September 19, 2021

The Horace Albright Letters, correspondence with Bertha Mather McPherson, September 29, 2021


“You say tomato, I say…” The dedication of Stephen Mather High School, Chicago, Illinois, October 22, 2021

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