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A historic preservation group in Connecticut held a conference this week called the “Mammoth Alliance” — can you guess the subject?

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Stretched across six long, steeply angled wooded hillsides, sprawling over 1,800 acres, Southeastern Connecticut’s Turkey Mountain Retreat sits just a 10-minute drive from the tightly packed town of Griswold. Located outside the Capitol Region Council of Governments, the facility is affiliated with a United Way chapter and housing for homeless individuals and families.

Southeast Connecticut recently welcomed a new addition to its cultural and political archives: its holdings of John Brown’s memoirs, The Good Lord Bird. Its national archives, housed in the College of William and Mary, have held the handwritten notes and hand-drawn sketches of this 19th-century abolitionist ever since 1926.

In 1949, President Harry S. Truman had Brown’s remains placed on public display in the National Archives in D.C. Upon his death in 1899, his family requested his remains be left where they lay in the box of bones and bullet cartridges.

In 1997, the collection was transferred to the Library of Congress in Washington and archived by its Arthur Cohen for Future Study Division. This is the first time a large majority of these materials have been seen outside the library.

Please see here the press release.

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