I apologize that my posts aren’t better written, I’ve just been so busy with valuable research that I don’t have much time to be picky about my blog posts! Which is a good thing I suppose.
It’s been non-stop with progress on the project! I’ve stumbled upon so many historic newspaper articles that are going to be incredibly valuable in piecing together a lot of historical information we don’t yet have on Wendling and the Mohawk Valley. I wish I had a full-time team of people just to gather all the data I’ve found. But I’ve been working non-stop at compiling it all. I’ve been excited to find lots of new information that was difficult to find. One thing I’m currently stuck on is finding the people that owned the mills at Wendling before it was actually Wendling. Almost every article I’ve read cites the same names; but I can’t find any official or original mention of these people whatsoever. So this is my current area of focus, although I’m kind of juggling several areas at once.
I tracked down the family of my childhood landlord who spent her life in Wendling, and they’re going to meet with me on my upcoming trip next week to share everything they remember hearing about Wendling. I know they have some stories and information no one else would know, so that’s fun. I also talked with another gentleman who grew up in Wendling and had new information for me. I’m starting to feel pretty confident that I have a very comprehensive list now of all the publications, books, newspapers, etc. that I need to track down. Just knowing whats out there is quite a feat, tracking them down now that I know what i’m looking for will actually be the easy part.
One of the things I’m most excited for on my trip is to get copies of all the Wendling Conveyor’s. It would seem that there has been no preservation of these incredibly informative publications. They were produced for at least 10+ years and are full of stories and valuable information. From what I’ve found I don’t believe any library, historic society or other official organization has copies of these. So I’m very eager to get them scanned and make sure they’re preserved as well as reading them of course!
Well, less than a week till the trip. I doubt I’ll be sleeping hardly at all while I’m there, so much to do! We were invited to a Salem radio show to talk about the project, but I just don’t think we’ll be able to squeeze it in, but were excited for the interest. They said we can do it again later in the summer instead. I know after next weeks trip I’m going to have so much more great information to share and it’ll really help build interest and awareness in the project. Well that’s a brief update for now, gotta get back to working on it! Thanks for following the project!