I am the daughter of John Chrisman and Dorothy Currier, the sister of Richard, Chad, James, and John Chrisman, and half-sister of Robert Moore. I grew up in Berea, Kentucky, practically next door to the Berea Cemetery. As children, we kids explored this fascinating space thoroughly. Many generations of my relatives are buried there. When I began tracing my family roots, I found that the traditional "tree" design did not work for us because so many of my grandmother's ancestors had married their cousins or second cousins.
I was surrounded by the rich heritage of traditional music and dance for which Berea is famous. I attended Berea College before transferring to St. Olaf College in Minnesota. I graduated with a degree in music education (1976) and taught elementary music in River Falls, Wisconsin. The next few years were spent at the University of Minnesota, where I earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in music education.
My university teaching career began at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington (1982-1986). I then moved to Indiana and joined the music faculty at Purdue University in West Lafayette, where I taught for the next 29 years, earning the rank of Professor of Music along the way. My areas of specialization are folk music and dance, and my publications include "Singing Indiana History," "Share Indiana Music," "English Country Dances for Children," and "Backwoods Heritage," all written to help elementary teachers introduce and integrate traditional music and dance into their classrooms.
I met my husband, David Riley, the year I came to Indiana, and we were married in 1987 in the garden of what is still our home on the Tippecanoe River in Carroll County, Indiana. Our daughters were born in 1990 and 1992. We are Christians and members of Covenant Church in West Lafayette, Indiana. As I ease into retirement, I find myself busy directing the children's choir at my church, leading a bible study, raising money for widows and orphans in Sierra Leone, riding the motorcycle with my husband, and enjoying my activity as cemetery photographer for Wikitree's Global Cemetery Project, which brings me full circle back to my childhood interest in cemeteries.
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On 1 Jan 2019 at 15:46 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:
We’ve made some exciting changes to the Global Cemeteries Project. The sub-projects have been merged into the Global Project to help with Leadership and to facilitate collaboration.
Some roles within the project have changed. From now on, there are Project Coordinators for each continent, and one for Welcome and Integration, plus Team Leaders for each individual Country etc.
Please let me know if you’d like to stay on in the new project, if you’d like to continue in an existing role, and which team(s) you’d like to be on. Please also give me your e-mail address so that I can get you added to the project’s Google Group.
Leader, Global Cemeteries
On 28 Jul 2018 at 16:21 GMT Shaun Doust wrote:
I believe that it is the same person as Norton Davis Combs-2183 and you may want to consider doing a merge. I have also notified the other PM. Maybe you could get in touch, Sherrie Combs is new to Wikitree and can probably use the help with merging of the profile if it is the same person. thanx Shaun Doust
On 8 Apr 2018 at 18:56 GMT Linda Barnett wrote:
Star this is the link you need to go to and The registration deadline is April 19, 2018, at 12:01 am. Note: Please post as an answer not as a comment. Thanks! https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/586403/will-you-participate
On 4 Oct 2017 at 13:30 GMT Mary Richardson wrote:
Thank you for helping take Southern Super Sweepers to 10th place & making WikiTree's 2017 Source-a-Thon a great success. Thanks so much for your contributions! We all helped rid some of WikiTree's unsourced profiles with a lot of hard work.
Dorothy and Mary, Team Leaders
On 27 Sep 2017 at 19:30 GMT Dorothy Barry wrote:
Please stop by our TEAM PAGE at: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Southern_Super_Sweepers and re-read the instructions before Friday. We made some changes trying to keep up with discussions and decisions made recently.
A major change was made on how to report our individual sourcing achievements which can be found on our team page and here: https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/470040/know-participate-source-thon-challenge-tracker-makes-easy
If you have any questions please post here or on our Team page. Also please let me know that you read this and/or our team page recently and are ready to go "Sweep up" the South of unsourced profiles !!!!
On 1 Sep 2017 at 23:47 GMT Dorothy Barry wrote:
On 23 Aug 2017 at 14:46 GMT Carol (Chrisman) McIntyre wrote:
On 26 Jul 2017 at 22:10 GMT Dorothy Barry wrote:
Please add that your with the Southern Super Sweepers should you comment on that g2g question so I will know your thoughts on this as well.
Thanks, Dorothy B.
On 29 Sep 2016 at 12:58 GMT Robert Willis wrote:
On 29 Sep 2016 at 12:53 GMT Robert Willis wrote: