Trinity Episcopal Church, Mackinac Island, built 1882

interior of Trinity Episcopal Church

Sarah Stanley Grimke left her husband Archibald in Boston for a vacation with her parents in Mackinac Island, Michigan, from which she never returned.  Her father the Rev. Moses Stanley was the first pastor of Trinity Episcopal Church, which continues even with a winter membership of eight, as detailed in this recent news story.  Sarah pursued a writing career that took her to California and New Zealand, but it was on Mackinac Island that she decided to end her marriage.  I look forward to reading her letters of the period soon, but meanwhile find this interior photograph of the church her father built on Mackinac to be a window into her world of 1883.  He transferred to a church in Dexter, Washtenaw County, Michigan when Personified Unthinkables was published in Detroit.

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