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A Welcome Note from Charles Lane
Why do we need all these things?
If you are a Woodwell over the age of 40, then Congratulations!!! for getting this far. I don’t need to tell you that this site has opened to a loud round of – uh, ambivalence among the senior Woodwells.
Martha Woodwell Hurley, my mother and a blue ribbon doyenne of the family, corresponds with postage stamps and has no computer. “Why do we need all those things” is a frequently heard opinion.
We do need them. Web sites and email are a survival response to the loss of community and extended family that was so familiar in my childhood. The groaning board Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners are, in my memory, a metaphor for our loss.
The connection between extended families is under constant pressure from distance, relocation, economic realities, and the daily struggle to prevail and survive shared by so many. Do you also have close relatives you have never even met?
Let’s try to meet here.
I will keep this site going as long as it keeps growing. If your name is Woodwell or Alden, or close, then we want your stuff: birth date, parents, kids, pictures, stories, drawings, mementos, poetry, video, audio. Bring it!