"Hoping that possibly out of the process there may be matured a wholesome loaf of bread or, more likely, a small pan of biscuits."
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
June 12, 1640
"On June 12, 1640, the 'Founders' knelt in thanksgiving for their safe arrival in their permanent homesite in their 'New World.' They knelt in a pleasant meadow, fronted by the vast Atlantic and backed by the towering primeval forest, (today known as 'Old Towne.')
"Here was born the first English Settlement in the State of New York, Thomas Halsey was one of those stalwart Fathers."
from "Thomas Halsey & the Olde Halsey Homestead: A Short History" by Edna Lee Potter
Anne Halsey lives in Central Texas with her husband and three small children, where she is writing a work of creative nonfiction about her great-grandfather. Grounded in extensive archival research and personal interviews, this book-length project reconceives our understanding of the modern decline of Puritan New England culture. That seemingly familiar narrative is complicated by the previously unsung narratives of the women who found increasing independence and autonomy as their culture struggled to adapt to a more secular age.
For six years, Anne served as Media Director at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago, where she created numerous radio, television, web, podcast, print, and film partnerships with major media outlets. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and her MFA in poetry at New York University.