Author Archives: Ann Laemmlen Lewis

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Our Annual Book Club Retreat at Sundance

I returned from St. Louis and our travels, unpacked, repacked and then headed to Sundance to join my friends there (Thursday to Saturday) for our annual book club retreat.  What a gift it is to have such dear friends.  We … Continue reading

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Finishing a Masterpiece! My Whig Rose Quilt

Inch by inch, stitch by stitch, it’s all come together.  Today is the day I’ve finally finished my Whig Rose quilt top!  I finished the 9 blocks 10 years ago, then worked on the border, putting it away when we … Continue reading

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A Day with the Grandkids in St Louis!

What a treat to have our reunion fly in and out of St Louis where the grandkids are!  Last night we went out for Mexican food. And today we went with the kids to Ulysses S. Grant’s farm, which is … Continue reading

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Bushman Reunion Day #5 Lincoln’s Springfield Home

Our last reunion stop today was in Springfield at the home of Abraham Lincoln.  This site includes not only the family home, but the entire street of homes, so it was like walking back into the neighborhood of his day.  … Continue reading

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Bushman Reunion Day #5 The Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield

This is the only Presidential Museum funded by a State.  Because of that, they have lots of extras.  The exhibits were amazing, many of them were so inter-active with real people acting the parts of people in Lincoln’s life.  It … Continue reading

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Bushman Reunion Day #5 Lincoln’s Tomb

Our next stop was Lincoln’s Tomb.  I was expecting a headstone.  Here is what we saw– I’ve been reading 2 books about Lincoln during this trip.  Coming here was like walking on sacred ground.  What a contrast to today’s world … Continue reading

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Bushman Reunion Day #5 Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site

Today we traveled to Abe Lincoln’s country.  Twenty minutes from Springfield, Illinois is the historic site of New Salem where Abe spent his early adulthood, about 10 years before the Bushmans arrived in Illinois.  Visiting this place on this rainy … Continue reading

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Bushman Reunion Day #4 The Elizabeth Degen Bushman Quilt

These last two months, a few of us have been working on this quilt to honor our dear grandmother, Elizabeth Degen Bushman.  We have this black and white picture of a bed coverlet she made many years ago and a … Continue reading

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Bushman Reunion Day #4 Our Banquet, Program, and Family Artifacts

We had a wonderful evening celebrating family, ancestors and descendants.  This is the conclusion of the main part of our reunion.  Tomorrow’s optional activities will take many of us to Lincoln’s country, then back to St. Louis. Tonight we feasted … Continue reading

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Bushman Reunion Day #4 Iowa Fieldtrip

This afternoon we loaded the buses for a field trip to Iowa, to visit the farm area where the Bushmans lived and worked after leaving Nauvoo.  Here is the view from across the river in Montrose, looking back on Nauvoo. … Continue reading

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