|Does your local history or genealogy society operate on
Are they always looking for new programs to offer?
Do they wish they could afford to bring in speakers?
Do you yourself wish you could sit down with The Poorhouse Lady to just listen and watch?
Consider this Virtual Presentation!
With a donation of $20 to support the upgrade,
maintenance and further development of this website you will receive
this DVD as a gift. (see below for ordering information)
The Poorhouse Story website has been available absolutely free for over 13 years. It is a one-woman project. And as
a single, retired person living on a very limited retirement income, the costs have become quite a challenge. Your
donations will be very gratefully appreciated. PHL
As The Poorhouse Lady, I have made many presentations to local genealogy and history societies over the years. But as the budgets of those societies have tightened up and as the cost of travel and lodging have risen, such presentations have become more problematic. So I began to fantasize about cloning the Poorhouse Lady to do virtual presentations! When tools allowing amateurs to learn video editing became available I was struck by the notion that such a virtual presentation might become a reality rather than science fiction.
The next time someone extended an invitation to speak before their
group, I ran the notion up the flagpole.
Instead of paying me a very modest speaker’s fee, would they like
to use that money to purchase a one hour video of my lecture on a DVD?
When they realized they would also be left with a copy of the
presentation – which they could keep in their library (for repeat
performances!) a lot longer than I could stay with them personally –
they jumped at the chance.
Then began the WORK of creating and producing the "virtual presentation" ... which was a real labor of love ... and quite a challenge! Here is what the DVD includes.
|INTRODUCTION Overview of the Poorhouse Era (1830-1930) 5 min|
|EARLY TIMES Poor Relief Systems prior to Poorhouses 6 min|
Why the Poorhouse System was
(Who went to poorhouses? Why were there so many more "paupers" during the Poorhouse Era?)
Just in case you are surprise to find some ancestors there!
|BUILDINGS What were Poorhouses like? (Many very different kinds!) 5 min|
Why are Poorhouses a "goldmine" for
Where and How to find Poorhouse Records and Other Records of Poorhouse Inmates
What has happened (or is happening) to the old
Buildings, Cemeteries, Records ... and Memories
ORIENTATION * Of course when the new website goes online these
images and some of the 6 min
specifics of where to find things will become obsolete. But the contents,
concepts, and organization will remain much the same.
Why in the
This online store may be the biggest "good news/bad news" story for local historians
and genealogists when it comes to finding (or losing) poorhouse artifacts and records.
What Poorhouse History Can Teach
(and how those lessons may apply even today)
|Important Notice: This is not a professionally produced video. It is amateur videography of a professional presentation. The material is well researched and presented in a well organized format. While it is a "talking head" lecture, there are many illustrations and photographs to liven it up! Formatted to run as either a running video or a DVD, you will be able to easily select which chapters you wish to use to fit the schedule of your meeting. There are, however, changes in volume and color shifts at various places. Those should be a minor inconvenience as long as you can make volume corrections while viewing the lecture.|
|Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
to let me know of your intention to make a donation and your request of
the free DVD.
We are not yet set up to receive online payments. On receipt of your check (or better yet, money order) we will make sure we have enough copies to send you one. Or we will order more duplicates if our supply is exhausted. We can ship the day of receipt of money orders or when your check clears. Please put this on the SUBJECT line of your email: "Donation & DVD"