Thursday, July 22, 2010

Trip to Vladivostok, Russia

My family and I will soon be headed to Vladivostok, Russia. This is family history-related trip that came about by my wife organizing and sharing over 400 historic photographs that my grandfather (Merrill Haskell) took in Vladivostok back in 1919-1920. My wife shared these photos with several folks in Vladivostok and they wrote a book (after clicking the link, scroll to the bottom of the page), Vladivostok in the photos of Merrill Haskell. August 11, 1919 – February 23, 1920. Another summary of the book can be found here (again scroll to the bottom of the page). More coverage of the book is found in a photo gallery on the US Consulate's website.

My grandfather was a young accountant (27 years old) when he went to Vladivostok as an accountant with the YMCA. He traveled by boat from San Francisco to Japan and then on to Vladivostok, with three others from the accounting firm (Niles & Niles), where he was working for in New York City. He voyage also took him to Yokohama, Japan.

More to come about my grandfather's adventure and ours when we return....

© 2010, copyright William C. Haskell

1 comment:

  1. Sounds very exciting. Have a great trip and come back with some wonderful stories.