Second Broad Street Magazine Article on Family History Literature

Week two up at Broad Street Magazine! So thrilled. How did I learn that my great-great-grandfather’s sister was an artist?

The Family Kalamazoo

As I described last week in Six-Week Family History Series at BROAD STREET MAGAZINE, six poems and flash prose pieces from my chapbook Kin Types are being featured at Broad Street Magazine, along with some of the research and research artifacts I used to create the pieces. The idea was first suggested by editor Susann Cokal. Fabulous idea!

Today the second part of the series was published and can be found here: Family Laundry 2: “What Came Between A Woman and Her Duties” by Luanne Castle

This article is about a poem I wrote about my great-great-grandfather’s sister, Jennie DeKorn Culver. If you recall from past blog posts, she is the woman who left Kalamazoo for Seattle with her two adult daughters, years after a contentious divorce from John Culver.

An introduction to the series can be found here.  SERIES INTRODUCTION

The first feature article is Family Laundry: “

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14 responses to “Second Broad Street Magazine Article on Family History Literature

  1. What a fascinating mystery Luanne – it must be so tempting to compose fantasies about what may have been Jennie’s story – to give her a happy ending. We live our lives and fade away and all that stuff that seemed so terribly important disappears without a trace. Until some determined ancestor comes along and starts digging. It’s a wonderful thing you are doing!!

  2. Luanne, I went back and read about the oil stove. What a thing to happen to her!

  3. Luanne, this is one of my favorite of your family’s mysteries – I remember the woman who moved to Seattle and continue to be fascinated with her story. I like to think she was as passionate about her art as she had been dispassionate about her ex-husband…bravo for Jennie….and for you.

  4. So fascinating, Luanne. I remember the story, but I enjoy reading the background article. It looks like maybe one of her daughters had a daughter? Are there other descendants? Her paintings may be out there somewhere, but if she never had a gallery showing, they’re probably not known. And who knows how she signed them, if she did?

    • Good points all. I do not think anybody had a daughter. As near as I can find out, one daughter never married and the other married in what I like to call middle-age, but others might call something past that. Now wouldn’t that be something if someday somebody discovered a Jennie Culver painting!!!!

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