Sunday, June 28, 2009

Haley and Emma

I just returned  from Cleveland where I located the grave of my grandfather Ethan A. Berry, his father and mother all in the same plot. This was somewhat of a surprise since I  was not sure where his parents had been buried.

This project began more that 20 years ago when I visited Colorado Springs to locate information about my grandfather Ethan Allen Berry who had died there, and my father who was born there in 1910 and was nicknamed Haley for Haley’s comet  which appeared that year. The search led me to Cleveland Ohio where my father grew up.  My engagement with the myth of my father and grandfather stems from the little bits of information I had about them and how I felt pulled by the old photographs to understand who my father was. By collecting documents and photographs and cross referencing genealogical information I was able to understand that my grandfather and grandmother both lived in Cleveland  before 1910 and that my grandfather died in Colorado in 1912. His mother Emma took him back to Cleveland where he grew up being called Haley.
Next week I will be going to Cleveland to visit my grandfathers grave and do research on the location of the grave of Emma Berry his wife. I am travelling with Adam Kology and Eben Kling who will be making a video about the journey. I’m calling the project “Haley and Emma”.

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