Statues of angels and tombs are poetic tributes that remain a peaceful reminder of people who once lived. Here are some of my favorite statues at Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio, and at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, Ind. All photos © 2009-2018 Leslie I. Benson
Genealogy tells us a lot about who we are and where we came from. With television series such as “Who Do You Think You Are?” gaining notoriety due to support from their celebrity stars, this art of ancestral research is not just for bookworms anymore. I am fortunate to be the daughter of a genealogist… Continue reading Who Would You Have Been During The Civil War?
One of my favorite historic places in my hometown of Dayton, Ohio, is one of quiet respite—Woodland Cemetery. Here lie some of the most influential and celebrated leaders, inventors, authors, and musicians who formed Dayton's rich cultural heritage, as well as some dangerous criminals hanged for their deeds in the old days. Woodland not only… Continue reading Perched Above Woodland: From Gravestone to Skyline in Dayton, Ohio
Thinking deeper about the meaning behind my band, Irene & Reed’s debut album, Closer to Home, I’ve come to the conclusion that album isn’t just inspired by the Midwest home I grew up in and the memories I shared with friends and family during that time, but it’s also about physical roots — my ancestry.… Continue reading Tracing Roots