At the Discover Center there is currently on display the murder ax, shown above, on loan from the collection with a note that says there is definitive proof that Louis was indeed the murderer. There is more information available at Anatomy of an Ax Murder and other books and resources at http://vaughncottage.omeka.net/freelouis so you can decide for yourself!
This year in Vaughn Cottage I had an exhibit of Pelican Pranks. I wasn’t sure how I would make those available to you, but I’ve decided to put a few installments on the blog. If you have more stories to share, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and maybe I’ll share yours as well!
Practical jokes are a way to pass the time on Star, a remote island in the Atlantic. There is a long history of our staff (called Pelicans) making fun and giving each other a hard time (lovingly of course).
Paraphrased from talking with Sumar Maji:
When I was on night crew we teamed up to scare folks on the front porch on windless nights. We would choose someone to be nonchalantly hanging out on the porch and someone would go underneath the porch. We tied a string to the back leg of a rocking chair and the string hung down under the porch. The person under the porch would tug on the string and make the chair rock back and forth. You had to do it on a night with no wind, when all the other chairs were still. The person on the porch would exclaim something about how the chair was moving and get everyone excited about it. Once we didn’t tell one of our crew members what we were doing and when someone went to the desk to ask him if this ever happened before he launched into a story about Continue reading →
Sad news descends on the Isles of Shoals community once again, as a beloved member passed away. Dave Pierson worked at Star Island for 25 years, from 1969 to 1994. He was Island Engineer and winter caretaker with his wife, Edith Pierson for 18 years.
Dave Pierson by chapel, Portsmouth Herald September 20, 1991