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Rare 1881 National Temperance Society, “Band of Hope” Signed Sobriety Certificate – Cold Spring, NY


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Rare 1881 National Temperance Society, Band of Hope Signed Certificate Cold Spring NY

Signed by: John Nelson and Co-Signed by E. Nelson, of Cold Spring
In 1847 the Band of Hope was founded in Leeds, with the stated aim of saving working class children from the perils of drink. The members had to pledge to abstain “from all liquors of an intoxicating quality, whether ale, porter, wine or ardent spirits, except as medicine”

Harper’s Young People, Volume 2 – May 10, 1881 published a letter from a young boy about the Cold Spring “Band of Hope”

Letter about the “Band of Hope” in Harper’s Young People, Volume 2 – May 10, 1881

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Mystery Stalks the Prairie in Montana


Montana newspaper editor Roberta Donovan and Cascade County Deputy Sheriff Keith Wolverton write about cattle mutilations, UFOs, and other phenomena in Montana. Published by the T.H.A.R. Institute, Raynesford, MT in 1976.

Tombstones Recycled into Fence


Headstone Fence - Mikulov, Czech Republic

Headstone Fence - Mikulov, Czech Republic

Old headstones made into a fence for the walk along a graveyard in Moravia.

We are not sure where these headstones came from. Many of the names carved into this line of stones are written in Hebrew.

Presumably, these markers were re-purposed during World War II.

Many graveyards in central European towns are several layers thick with bodies of the dead. For example at the Jewish Cemetery in the ancient Prague ghetto people were buried up to thirteen layers deep. There was very little room given to them so they did what they had to do.

Should you find yourself in Moravia, we would like someone to make rubbings of the stones.

We can then translate them into English to furthur our hopes of tracing the families of the dead.

The Hidden Carolina Graveyard – Historical Investigations – UPDATE


Stone Gravestone Marker Detail

This headstone appears to bear a carved symbol which may be the Masonic Keystone, which is the Masonic mark of an Ancient Grand Master or it may be a Celtic Cross.

This photo is part of our investigation into a group of hand-carved grave markers we discovered in the forests of Brunswick County.

There are approximately 40 graves in this area.  Most of the wooden markers have succumbed to the elements and are only small strips of cedar rising from the ground.

Among the rare remaining wood grave markers are two head stones made of carved a light colored rock (pictured above). This ancient cemetery is hidden in the countryside of Brunswick County, North Carolina. This spot is a long-lost memorial we hope to preserve.

There are a number of undocumented cemeteries throughout the lower Cape Fear. Mapping and documenting these locations will save local history. If you know of a graveyard like this let us know. This a project Azio Media continues to support.

If you are interested, this is a useful site for grave marker symbolism

The Hidden Carolina Graveyard – Historical Investigations


This is an image of one of several hand-carved wooden grave markers we discovered in the forests of Brunswick County.

Unknown - Hand-Carved Grave Marker - Ash, NC

Unknown - Hand-Carved Grave Marker - Ash, NC

Among the rare remaining wood grave markers are two head stones made of carved a light colored rock. The woods are thick where the dead now lie here.

Unknown - Wooden Grave in North Carolina

Unknown - Wooden Grave in North Carolina

Unknown - Wooden Grave in North Carolina

Unknown - Wooden Grave in North Carolina

Ancient pine trees trunks grow rudely from the center of some tombs. This spot is a long-lost memorial we hope to preserve.

(The exact location of these rare carvings will remain secret until we assure the conservation of this historical location).