This blog is my attempt to assemble a social history of Milton, DE, and includes primary source material, original research articles, and audiovisual productions, centered around the four decades between 1880 and 1920, but not limited to that time period. The front page, which appears when you navigate to the site, is focused on blog posts: articles from 500 to 1500 words in length that address various subjects, usually centered around a photograph or photographs that serve as the inspiration for the post. The front page features the most popular posts (by number of views) as well as the 10 most recent. The full list of posts, grouped chronologically by year, can be found under the Previous Posts menu selection.
- For researchers, the Research Tools menu item provides access to two areas: annotated transcriptions of the Milton News letter that appeared in the Milford Chronicle (1901 – 1910 are currently available), and Abstracts From Other Publications, containing links to abstracts of numerous Milton-related articles provided by Harry Howeth.
- The menu item Snapshot: Milton in 1906 links to an article that provides a context to all of the other articles on the blog: a sketch of town life in Milton in the early 20th century
- The People section contains biographical sketches and photographs (where available) of Milton people from the late 19th – early 20th century , of general interest and for the genealogical researcher.
- For the casual visitor: the Quick Tours section has a number of audiovisual presentations that are three minutes or less in duration, that provide a closer look at the town and its people at the time.
- Museum As Artifact is a discussion of the symbols on the stained glass windows of the Lydia B. Cannon Museum, formerly a Methodist Protestant Church with a long history.
- About Me provides a little background on how I got started with assembling the social history of Milton.
- Contact provides readers with a means of sending email directly to me, via a simple form.
I have been fortunate in receiving the full support and cooperation of the Milton Historical Society, from former directors Allison Schell and Kevin Kelly, current director Dr. Kim Fabbri, former Director of Volunteers Patti Nicholson, and the Board of Directors of the Society. This support has included unrestricted access to the Society’s collection, including hundreds of photographs and documents. I would also like to thank Hobby Isaacs, who has been providing me with access to his huge trove of Milton-related documents and artifacts, and to Fred Pepper, whose materials relating to David A. Conner were invaluable to my research.