The Real Story Of Our Stunning “Tiffany” Window – A Sparkling Jewel

“Color is to the eye what music is to the ear.: – Louis Comfort Tiffany At the first turn of the curved front staircase in our home is a stunning Tiffany style mosaic stained glass window.  We first laid eyes on it the summer of 1987 when we traveled to Kansas on a “pre-house hunting” […]

Calm Joyful Remembrance: Recall, Recount And Respond

Think only of the past as its (calm joyful) remembrance gives you pleasure. Jane Austen This weekend is Memorial Day in the United States.  This day of remembrance began after the civil war. Honor was expressed by decorating the graves of fallen soldiers.  In fact it was called Decoration Day even by my parents. It […]

If It Is The Joyland Carousel Then It Is Wonderful Wichita!

 My husband and I recently visited Botanica, The Wichita Gardens.  This is the new home for the Joyland Carousel scheduled to be open to the public fall of 2019.  I have know this was coming, seen pictures and layouts, but it was not until this visit and seeing the building site, did I truly […]

Grosspapa And The Funeral – A Lesson In Loss and Life

Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life. – Anne Roiphe Herr von Bernard Karl Steinbüchel, “Grosspapa” died on October 4, 1900.  Maison Steinbüchel, a Kansas State Historic Landmark and our home, is named for the family of Herman Frederick Steinbüchel , the second husband of Marie-Louise […]

Education

Education – The Stackman-Steinbüchel Children

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious – Albert Einstein on Education Maison Steinbüchel, a Kansas State Historic Landmark and our home, is named for the family of Herman Frederick Steinbüchel , the second husband of Marie-Louise Hahn.  I have been digging into the details of the three family lines that converged and […]

A Blended Family: The Steinbüchels and Stackmans

“Sometimes love isn’t fireworks, sometimes love just comes softly.” ― Janette Oke, Love Comes Softly Maison Steinbüchel, a Kansas State Historic Landmark, our home, is named for the family of Herman Frederick Steinbüchel , the second husband of Marie-Louise Hahn.  I have been digging into the details of the three family lines that blended into one and […]

The Joyland Carousel – Exposing Hidden Connections

I have never been to the Joyland Amusement Park founded by the Ottoways in 1949.  Although still active until 2004, I simply never had a reason to check it out.  As a child, my amusement park exposure was limited to school playgrounds,  county fairs and carnivals, but I loved the carousels. I also love seeing lost things […]

The Abstract – Maison Steinbuchel’s Personal History

We have the original abstract of our Kansas Historic Landmark home dating back to the land grant of 160 acres from the Osage Land Trust.  In past BLOG posts, I have told how three individual lives, immigrants from France and Germany, converged in Wichita, Kansas.  How through love, hope, taking risks and even tragedy ended up as […]

The Farm, House and Bridge – Peter Stackman’s Legacy

“Praise the bridge that carried you over” – George Colman “The simple hearth of the small farm is the true center of our universe” – Masanobu Fukuoka Peter Frederick Stackman was the first husband of Marie-Louise Hahn, the matriarch for which the Kansas Historic Landmark, Maison Steinbuchel is named.  In a previous post I outlined his […]