Seen on my walk today
Day: July 24, 2018
Music and Miners
In the coal mining districts of County Durham, England, in the 19th and 20th centuries, almost every colliery (coal mine) had a colliery band. Bands were sponsored by the local mining communities and were a source of great pride for the working men who played in the band and the community who attended their performances. These were brass bands with brass and percussion instruments. My father was about 15 years old when he joined the New Herrington Colliery Band in Houghton-le-Spring, County Durham in 1950.
My father, James, on the left with a friend and fellow band member.
Formed in the 1900s, the New Herrington Colliery Band became a military style band after the First World War.1 Financial support for the colliery bands came from the coal miners themselves. In 1934, the New Herrington Colliery Band was supported by subscription and a levy of a penny per…
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Treasures: A Pioneer Letter
Today is a very loved holiday in the state of Utah – the 24th of July. It’s the day we celebrate the first Mormon Pioneers arriving in the Salt Lake Valley on 24 July 1847. After years of persecution and being driven from place to place, those pioneers finally fled Nauvoo and began the difficult journey to Utah. Some traveled by ox cart, many walked alongside the wagons, others traveled by handcart which meant a lot of walking, and a very small group of Saints traveled on the Ship Brooklyn sailing from New York, around Cape Horn, and arriving in Yerba Buena, California six months later. My own ancestors were among each of those groups.
In honor of my pioneer ancestors, on this 24th of July, I have a special treasure to share. I just discovered this gem last week while going through some more of my Grandma’s collection.
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