Article I Wrote: Deerskin coat given to Harvey Baldwin by the Oneida Indians

You may want to check out this interesting article (ha! You like that? I think it’s interesting anyway!) I wrote for the Onondaga Historical Association last year and finally published it on their website: Deerskin coat given to Harvey Baldwin by the Oneida Indians as a gift for helping them survive the cold year of 1816. The coat is beautifully beaded, and the cold year has something to do with a volcano. Check it out!

Detail of beading on the bottom of the Deerskin coat

Please let me know what you think about it when you’re done reading it! I hope you enjoy it!

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mary
    Dec 09, 2007 @ 21:46:45

    Oh my gosh, Pam. You have said you are not a writer. You had better think twice about that, girl!

    I enjoyed this. The GE TV was interesting and a blast from the past.



  2. Linda
    Dec 09, 2007 @ 21:52:13

    Very interesting article. The coat is awesome and it survived well. You did a great job! What an odd year that was in 1816.


  3. Pam
    Dec 09, 2007 @ 22:00:26

    Mary – Thank you, you are so kind. I *love* to research and write historical articles!! I’m going to keep doing it and maybe someday I can get paid to do it for a living!! 😀
    I had four +/- aunts and uncles that worked at GE Syracuse and they all had TV sets like this. I couldn’t believe it when Tom H. wrote an article on this as an historical artifact!

    Linda – Thank you! The coat is totally awesome! You know the ice on the Delaware in the painting of Washington crossing it with his men? There was a mini ice age going on back in those years. The volcano certainly didn’t help out with the coldness back then.


  4. Tim Burns
    Dec 10, 2007 @ 07:14:03

    Very interesting article, and relevant too, since climate change is such a “hot” topic!


  5. Susan Gets Native
    Dec 11, 2007 @ 01:41:33

    Very, very nice, Pam!
    Another interesting fact about that year is that Mary Shelley was forced to stay inside and she ended up writing Frankenstein!


  6. Lana
    Dec 11, 2007 @ 22:47:57

    A wonderful & informative article…and such a beautiful coat! Thanks for sharing.


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