Martha C. Grassham Purcell of Paducah, local historian and educator

Martha C. Grassham was born in Dycusburg, Crittenden County, Kentucky, on February 24, 1867. As a child she moved with her parents, Montgomery and Martha Elizabeth (Mahan) Grassham, to neighboring Salem in Livingston County. She began her life as an educator when she was thirteen years old, in a country school near Salem. She enrolled in the National Normal School at Lebanon, Ohio, and at the Southern National University, at Huntingdon, Tennessee, from which she graduated in 1891 with a bachelors of science.

Call for Local Historians and Authors of New Mexico

The History Press is looking for local historians and writers who are interested in publishing accessible histories of New Mexico and its individual communities. We are a traditional, full-service press that focuses exclusively on publishing works of local and regional interest. The History Press is dedicated to preserving and telling local stories that are too often overlooked by national presses.


The Southwest Oral History Association invites you to a one-day workshop on community oral history. The workshop covers all aspects of oral history, beginning with planning a project, developing a budget, interview techniques, and steps after the interview.

Beginners and those interested in learning more about oral history are most welcome.

WHEN: March 19, 2015, 9:30-4:30

WHERE: Del Mar Branch Library, Del Mar, California (about 20 miles north of San Diego)

COST: $65 + opportunity to purchase Community Oral History Toolkit at a deep discount


New book: Medieval-early-modern locality

I have just completed the text for my new offering, A Town in its Parish: Loughborough, Origins to c.1640.  It has been set up by me using LyX (LaTEX) and a variety of OpenSource software.  I have sent the .pdf output for printing by my local printer, but I will only be having a 100-off run.  Cost is of the utmost importance to me, which is why I have produced the print-ready text myself and why there is little critical apparatus (no bibliography, index, list of figures and tables).  I want it to be disseminated as freely as possible.  To that end, the .pdf is available for downloa

Re: Connecting with municipal historians

Connecticut's Municipal Historians - it's pretty informal. I don't believe there is a formalized organization of MH's - but am aware that they occassionally have gatherings where there might be a speaker or discussion. Among the resources to keep tabs on there is CTHistory Online:

Also CTHumanities:

Also - the CT State Libraries comprehensive list with web links to local historical orgs:


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