When visitors take the special tour of our extensive Archives and
Collections department on the third floor, they invariably comment that we must
know everything there is to know about the Pardee/Van Wickle family. But hardly
a week goes by that we do not discover some new detail that adds to, or even
changes, the story. It may come to us through research in our collection, or by
reviewing letters and journals, or from an outside source.
This month we received a beautiful new portrait of Augustine Van
Wickle, taken around 1917 when she was eighteen years old. It is from a collection
of family photographs now in the care of her great-granddaughter, Heather
Brown. Heather’s father, Shaw Butler, is Augustine’s grandson. He has shared
stories with his children of summer vacations at Blithewold, and we hope to
hear some of them when Heather and her daughter (another Augustine) come to
visit Blithewold this spring or summer.