The Metcalfe Family Album: The Unforgettable Saga of an American Family

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This magical collection of family memories, crafts and recipes, letters and mementos, tells the remarkable tale of six generations of women-and the ties that bind them. It is 1835 and Marianne Metcalfe, a daughter of the French nobility, has just wed Joshua, an American pioneer. Together they set off on their new life, headed for the wilds of Indiana. When they arrive, Marianne establishes not only a homestead, but a legacy even more priceless. Each year at Christmastime, she sits down to record in a beautiful journal her memories of the year, the cherished moments of a life. The tradition is embraced across the generations: first by Constance, who has lived through the Civil War; then Anna, born in Germany and whose life spans enormous social changes; Kathleen, with her Irish humor and verve; and Jessie, a war bride-until the album is passed down to the present day, when Jan, a modern mother of two, picks up her pen. In writing about her life, each woman also paints a fascinating portrait of her times. Yet however much things change, however different these women are, they are bound together by one thing: the love of home and family. With virtually every page adorned with nostalgic photographs, charming artwork, and other memorabilia, The Metcalfe Family Album is as engrossing to look at as it is to read. Drawing on a rich immigrant heritage, it is also an inspiration to keep our own family traditions alive. Here in this extraordinary book is history as it is lived by ordinary people—moving, warm and wise, and full of the unexpected.

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The Metcalfe Family Album spans the lives of six generations of Metcalfes through photos, mementos, and stories, recorded each Christmas by the matriarch of the family. This charming album will likely capture the interest of scrapbook enthusiasts and may inspire others to start their own handed-down traditions.

The album is begun in 1835 by Marianne Metcalfe, a French woman who has just moved to Indiana with her pioneer husband. Marianne makes a habit of recording the events of their lives each Christmas in a journal, describing the struggles and joys of each year in the wilderness and recounting the family's holiday festivities through her recipes, notes, sketches, and anecdotes.

Later, the album is handed down to Marianne's daughter-in-law, Constance, who upholds the practice by writing about their life after the Civil War. The album continues for more than 150 years, as the Metcalfe women document the family's tragedies and happinesses through Prohibition and the stock market crash, the two world wars, the civil rights movement, the Kennedy assassination, and the Vietnam War. These events are reflected in the photographs, newspaper clippings, drawings, and keepsakes of each woman.

The Metcalfes form a culturally diverse family, and their holiday traditions encompass French, German, Irish, Russian, and English customs. The mix of cultural traditions and historical circumstances mark the album as one that most families can relate to in way or another. The Metcalfe Family Album is a warm tribute to home, family, and the holidays that may very well convince readers to begin their own family album. --Kris Law

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Sallyann J. Murphey is the author of several books, including Bean Blossom Dreams, the story of her life on an Indiana farm. Formerly a producer with the BBC, she lives in Indiana with her husband and daughter.

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