A nonfiction history podcast telling the stories of interesting and creative people by touring their old homes.
The Cayton-Revels House
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34:28In the fifth episode of season 3, Kendra brings you to The Cayton-Revels House in Seattle, Washington. Horace Cayton and Susie Revels Cayton were the home's first owners. Together the couple owned, edited, and wrote the longest-running Black-owned newspaper at the turn of the century in Seattle. Susie was the daughter of Hiram Rhodes Revels the first Black United States Senator elected in 1870. Through the episode, you learn the Cayton-Revels family story and how it intertwines with this home.The private home was recently landmarked through the work of Taha Ebrahimi, who took quick action after learning the history of the home. She had the full support of homeowners Kathy Ackerman and Erie Jones, along with the family friend and descendent of Horace and Susie Cayton, Harold Woodson Jr. It was the friendship of Harold's mom, Susan Cayton Woodson who helped preserve the family connection to this home.
The Rebecca Nurse Homestead and The Salem Witch Trials
23:41In the fourth episode of season 3, Kendra brings you to The Rebecca Nurse Homestead in Danvers, Massachusetts. The home was the final home of Rebecca Nurse, an older religious woman accused and executed on the charges of being a witch. By learning Rebecca's story, we better understand the events that led to the death of 20 people in the Salem Witch Trials, including her sister Mary Easty.Thank you to Kathryn Rutkowski for the tour. The Rebecca Nurse Homestead is a volunteer-run historic home. If you’re interested in taking a tour learn more about their hours on The Rebecca Nurse Homestead website.If you want to read more about the Salem Witch Trials, I’d highly recommend Marilyn K Roach’s The Salem Witch Trials and Emerson Baker’s A Storm of Witchcraft, which were used to research this episode.A full transcript can be found here: https://someonelivedhere.com/rebeccanurseYoutube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpgUM6AudvZ-WSlHKOKUWVQTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@kendragaylordInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/someonelivedherepod/
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The House of the Seven Gables
23:18In the third episode of season 3, Kendra Gaylord brings you to The House of the Seven Gables in Salem, Massachusetts. The home was the inspiration of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The House of the Seven Gables and was owned in the 1800s by his cousin Susannah Ingersoll. The home was originally built by Captain John Turner and was in his family for three generations.In 1908 Caroline Emmerton purchased the home to act as both a house museum and a Settlement House. The home was restored to a 1720 interpretation by Joseph Chandler. Four gables had been removed over the years and were added back, along with the addition of a secret staircase.A full transcript can be found here: https://someonelivedhere.com/houseofthesevengables/Thank you to The House of the Seven Gables, Senior Historic Interpreter and Lead Researcher David Moffat, and Community Engagement Director Julie Arrison-Bishop. You can book tour tickets to see The House of the Seven Gables in person.Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpgUM6AudvZ-WSlHKOKUWVQTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@kendragaylordInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/someonelivedherepod/
Henry Davis Sleeper's Beauport
28:13In the second episode of season 3, Kendra brings you to Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Henry Davis Sleeper was one of the first professional interior designers in the US. His work used salvaged material, color, and light to create spaces overflowing with personality. Beauport, built in 1907, became a portfolio of his work, with 5 dining rooms designed to impress and entertain. Barely anything has changed in this time capsule of his work. Henry Davis Sleeper was a gay man with a close circle of friends and neighbors. In this episode, we go through the rooms in his home and tell his story: from his early relationship with Guy Whetmore Caryll, to his friendship with A. Piatt Andrew, and a mouse encounter with Isabella Stewart Gardner. Henry Davis Sleeper lived from 1878 to 1934. You can see archival photos and referenced items at https://someonelivedhere.com/beauport/ Thank you to Historic New England, Site Manager Martha Van Koevering, and PR Officer Susanna Crampton. You can book tour tickets to see Beauport in person. The new shop: https://someonelivedhere.com/shop/ The Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpgUM6AudvZ-WSlHKOKUWVQ
Theodate Pope Riddle's Hill-Stead Museum
37:07In the first episode of season 3, Kendra brings you to the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, Connecticut. Theodate Pope Riddle designed this home, her first architectural project, as a retirement home for her parents. Throughout the episode, we learn about her close friendship with Mary Hillard, her fixation on communicating with the dead, and her near-death experience on the sinking of the Lusitania. Theodate's father, Alfred Pope, was Theodate's biggest supporter and a lover of the arts. The family's collection of French Impressionist paintings can still be found in the Hill-Stead Museum today. The home was built around the paintings of Monet, Cassatt, Degas, and Manet. Theodate Pope Riddle lived from 1867 to 1946. As an architect, Theodate designed homes and schools throughout Connecticut and New York, including Westover School, Avon Old Farms School, and a reconstruction of Theodore Roosevelt's birthplace. Thank you to the Hill-Stead Museum: Executive Director - Dr. Anna Swinbourne, Curator - Melanie Bourbeau, and Chief Advancement Officer - Beth Brett. The book Dearest of Geniuses: A Life of Theodate Pope Riddle by Sandra L Katz was key in making this episode. Links mentioned in the episode: The new shop: https://someonelivedhere.com/shop/ Find the history of your NYC apartment (or Monica Geller’s): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dw_4nSog8g&t=1s Charmingly Quaint and Still Modern: The Paradox of Colonial Revival Needlework in America 1875-1940 by Beverly Gordon: https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2052&context=tsaconf
The Greenwood District: before and after the Tulsa Massacre
27:00In the season finale of Someone Lived Here we learn the story of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The neighborhood was 35 blocks and became known as Black Wall Street. It was a thriving black community that was the site of The Tulsa Massacre. It would later be rebuilt even bigger than before, but today very few original buildings are still standing. We also follow the story of the Dreamland Theatre and the owner, Loula T Williams and her son, William Danforth Williams. In this episode, we interview Hannibal B Johnson, an attorney and writer from Tulsa, Oklahoma who has written multiple books including Black Wall Street: From Riot to Renaissance in Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood District and Images of America: Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood District. At the end of the episode, Kendra gave herself a homework assignment. She would love for you to join. Go to Someone Lived Here website for more details.
Victoria Woodhull's Murray Hill Mansion
24:22In this episode of Someone Lived Here, we follow the life of Victoria Woodhull starting at her mansion at 15 East 38th Street in Murray Hill, which is no longer standing. Then tracing her life back from the small Ohio town where she was born. Victoria started her life as a psychic, became a stockbroker, then a women's rights activist and the first female presidential nominee. This season, host Kendra Gaylord, is exploring homes that are no longer standing by learning their stories, all while staying self-isolated in her apartment in Brooklyn. If you'd like to support the show, check out our website: https://someonelivedhere.com/support-us/
Jack Kirby's Lower East Side Apartment
18.5.2020In this episode we follow the life of Jack Kirby starting in his childhood apartment on Suffolk Street in the Lower East Side. The tenement is no longer standing, but the characters he created over his decades in the comic book industry are still everywhere you look. This season, host Kendra Gaylord, is exploring homes that are no longer standing by learning their stories, all while staying self-isolated in her apartment in Brooklyn.
Harriet Jacob's North Carolina Home
21:58In this episode, we remember the homes where Harriet Jacobs lived both in Edenton, North Carolina and where she wrote Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl in upstate New York. In her book she told her own story as an enslaved woman, later generations would assume her editor Lydia Maria Child was the author.
Woody Guthrie's Mermaid Avenue Apartment
19:57This week, we explore Woody Guthrie's Coney Island apartment at 3520 Mermaid Avenue. By examining the place he lived we learn more about him and the time and world he lived through. In the second season of Someone Lived Here, Kendra is virtually visiting homes that are no longer standing from self-isolation.