Thoughtful musings on various topics by interesting people at Blithewold

October 1903 – Italy

OCTOBER 1903: ​It is now October 1903 and Marjorie has just spent an idyllic month in Venice — visiting churches, art museums, palaces, a glass factory, and a lace factory.  She spent a day at the Lido and took daily … Read more.

Marjorie’s European Tour, 1903-1904

When nineteen-year-old Marjorie Van Wickle graduated from school in May 1903, she found herself pressured by her mother, Bessie McKee, to join a group of socially prominent young women who would spend a season being … Read more.

Excitement at Blithewold, Summer 1899

In August 1899 there was a flurry of excitement on Narragansett Bay, all played out in the waters off Blithewold. The Herreshoff boat-building company in Bristol had built a yacht that they intended to sail in … Read more.

The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927

Listening to  a May 11thinterview on NPR about the flooded community of Greenville, Mississippi I can’t help but reflect on Blithewold’s Estelle Clements. Estelle was visiting her brothers in Greenville during the historic flooding of … Read more.

The Real Rameses the Great

Speaking of Rameses the Great, no ancient figure had a greater impact on during Marjorie’s trip than the pharaoh Rameses II, perhaps the greatest king ever to rule Egypt. Towards the end of her trip … Read more.

On board the Rameses the Great

Aboard the Rameses the Great Marjorie met all sorts of people, most of whom would accompany her throughout her trip. In addition to her chaperone Miss Helen and her Egyptian guide Mahomet—whom she greatly reveres—Marjorie … Read more.

Marjorie at the Pyramids

No trip to Egypt could possibly be complete without seeing the Pyramids, and of course Marjorie’s trip was no different. After her quick tour of Cairo Marjorie and her chaperone Miss Helen Macartnay  made their … Read more.

Religious life in Egypt – 1903

Since ancient times Egypt has had a rich and diverse religious history, in fact some historians consider Egypt to be the birth of monotheism. In the 14th century B.C. a pharaoh Akhenaten [1] diverged from … Read more.

West meets East

Marjorie came to Egypt with the primary goal of seeing its ancient past but in doing so she could not help but be immersed into the world that contemporary Egypt had to offer. In fact … Read more.