Mary Chase Perry Stratton

Mary Chase Perry Stratton was an American ceramic artist. She was a co-founder, along with Horace James Caulkins, of Pewabic Pottery, a form of ceramic art used to make architectural tiles. Stratton was born in Hancock, Michigan, in the Upper Peninsula and moved with her family to Ann Arbor, following the death of her father, from there to the Detroit area, when she was in her early teens. There she attended her first art classes at the Art School of the Detroit Museum of Art, she followed that up with two years of studies at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, from 1887 to 1889, where she studied with the regionally important sculptor and educator Louis Rebisso. Returning to Detroit she founded the Pewabic Pottery, named after an old copper mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, with Caulkins in 1903. In 1907 the enterprise flourished and moved from the Carriage House behind the Ransom Gillis House, on John R Street, to a new building designed by Detroit architect William Stratton located on Jefferson Avenue, where the business still thrives.

In 1918, she married William Stratton. She died on April 15, 1961. Under her leadership, Pewabic Pottery produced architectural tiles and vessels; the Pewabic Pottery became known far and wide for its iridescent glazes, was used in churches, libraries and public buildings. New York architects McKim, Meade & White asked her to create the tiles for the roof garden of the Hotel Pennsylvania, her work can be seen in Detroit at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, the Fisher Building, Eliel Saarinen's Kingswood School for Girls. Pewabic Pottery is Michigan's only historic pottery, it is designated a National Historic Landmark. Stratton taught there, she taught at Wayne State University. In 1947, she received the highest award in the American ceramic field, namely the Charles Fergus Binns Medal, her art was exhibited at the Detroit Art Club in 1995. She was a charter member of the Detroit Society of Women Sculptors. Today Pewabic Pottery offers classes, workshops and internships for potters of all ages. Arts and Crafts Movement Ceramic tile Studio pottery Child's history of Pewabic Pottery and Mary Stratton--Michigan Historical Museum Pewabic Pottery Pewabic Pottery Virtual Tour

Frances Slocum State Park

Frances Slocum State Park is a 1,035-acre Pennsylvania state park in Kingston Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. Frances Slocum Lake is a 165-acre man-made, horseshoe-shaped lake, a popular fishing and boating destination; the park is 10 miles from Wilkes-Barre. The park is named for Frances Slocum, taken captive by a group of Lenape on November 2, 1778, when she was just five years old, her family had been among the first whites to settle in the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania. It is believed. Frances was held for the night under a rock ledge along Abraham Creek in what is now part of the state park, she spent the rest of her life with the Native Americans. Her brothers found her 59 years living on an Indian Reservation near Peru, Indiana. Despite the pleadings of her brothers, Frances refused to leave her family, she was the mother of four children. Frances, now called "Mocanaquah", lived for the rest of her life in Indiana, she died in 1847 at the age of 74. Her name lives on in Indiana, where the Frances Slocum State Recreational Area and Lost Sister Trail are named in her honor.

Her final resting place is marked with a monument along the banks of the Mississinewa River in Indiana. Frances Slocum Lake was built to help control flooding in the North Branch Susquehanna River basin in 1968. Frances Slocum State Park was built around the lake; the park became home to 280 families that were displaced by the flood created by Hurricane Agnes in 1972. The park was closed to the public and was not reopened until 1974. About 700 acres of Frances Slocum State Park are open to hunting. Hunters are expected to follow the regulations of the Pennsylvania Game Commission; the common game species are squirrels and white-tailed deer. The hunting of groundhogs is prohibited. Frances Slocum Lake is a warm-water fishery. Fisherman can catch crappie, walleye, muskellunge and smallmouth and largemouth bass from the shore, fishing pier and from electric or non-powered boats. Gasoline-powered boats are prohibited at Frances Slocum State Park. There are 100 campsites at Frances Slocum State Park. 15 are walk-in 85 sites can accommodate tents or trailers.

The larger sites have electric hook-ups. Each site has a fire picnic table. There is a modern bathhouse with flush toilets and drinking water. There is a large group tenting area, it is within walking distance of its bathhouse. The Park made some changes to its registration process in 2008 to accommodate a new camp store for campers. Camper registration was performed at the Contact Station along the road to the campsites; that building is no longer used, camper registration is performed at the Main Office near the entrance to the Park. Frances Slocum State Park has several picnic areas. There are three pavilions available to rent; the picnic areas have tables and charcoal disposal pits. They have restrooms, drinking water, garbage and recycling bins; the swimming pool is open daily from 11:00 A. M. to 7:00 P. M, from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, unless posted otherwise. A fee is charged for pool use. A seasonal snack bar has beverages; this activity or structure is ADA accessible. Frances Slocum State Park has 9 miles of hiking trails.

Frances Slocum Trail is 0.7 miles in length. It is marked with blue blazes, it begins and ends at the boat rental parking lot and passes the rock ledge where Frances Slocum was held for the first night of her captivity. Campground Trail is 1 mile in length, it is marked with white blazes. It runs from the Stony Point parking lot to the group tenting area. Deer Trail is 3.8 miles in length at its greatest. It is marked with yellow blazes. Deer Trail has three loops, it passes a thicket, a hemlock stand, a marsh and mixed and hardwood forests. This trail is used by hunters during hunting season. Lakeshore Trail is 1.4 miles in length. It provides access to the lakeshore for hikers and fishermen. Larch Tree Trail is 2 miles in length, it is marked with orange blazes. It loops through a stand of larch trees. Frances Slocum State Park is open during the winter months for ice fishing, ice skating, sledding and snowmobiling; the following state parks are within 30 miles of Frances Slocum State Park: Archbald Pothole State Park Gouldsboro State Park Hickory Run State Park Lackawanna State Park Lehigh Gorge State Park Nescopeck State Park Ricketts Glen State Park Tobyhanna State Park Varden Conservation Area portal"Frances Slocum State Park official map"