My approach to Anthony history is unique because my main focus is on their family background, not their public personas. Unlike museums and historic homes devoted to them (which I deeply appreciate), I’m not promoting buildings here.

To me, a historic home is important because of the way the individual interacted with it. How did the home (and its location) shape the individual, and vice versa? What did the home reflect of the individual’s personality? What did we learn about their preferences, needs, and private pastimes amid a life of service?

I’ve spent quite a bit of time in all the major locations I’m writing about. As you read further, I’ll share many historic sites with you. Much of my research is based on historic photographs and newspaper articles from that period.

The same goes for their public activities. As I’ve read about this mix of fascinating activists and homebodies that made up the Anthony family, I’m looking at what motivated them, how they reacted to internal and external events, what their family meant to them, and what they did when it all got to be too much.


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Are motherhood and feminism poles apart?

Motherhood and feminism have, at times, seemed poles apart. Today's blog reflects those tensions. Even though life with my own brood has never been better, this is not a hearts-and-flowers reflection on motherhood. It’s [...]

Sewing and quilting, tending and befriending

For centuries, women have pieced quilts and finished them together to tend and befriend. Having just returned from visiting a family member who quilts, I loved seeing her work. So today, I'd like to reflect [...]

By |April 5, 2024|Categories: The Anthony Family, Victorian|Tags: , , |

D.R. Anthony as an Enneagram Eight

Today we will explore the personality of D.R. Anthony as an Enneagram Eight. This finishes our series portraying three of the Anthony family through the lens of the Enneagram. Here are the previous posts: General [...]

By |January 12, 2024|Categories: Civil War, enneagram, The Anthony Family|Tags: , |

An American Christmas, 1863

photo by Jeanne Gehret During Christmas 1863, Daniel Anthony and Annie Osborn looked forward to their wedding in January. They probably weren't able to celebrate the holiday together because at that point they still lived [...]

New Harriet Tubman statue has unusual feature

Philadelphia has just picked the design for a new statue honoring Harriet Tubman. Perhaps you saw this news item recently. So much has been written about her extreme bravery and dedication to humankind. But seldom [...]

By |December 8, 2023|Categories: Black History, Civil War, Contemporaries of the Anthonys|

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