Author Archives: Pat Tully

About Pat Tully

Librarian exploring effective leadership, local history and community service.

DirLead, days 3 & 4

Day 3 of the DirLead meeting was filled with more great experiences. Cheryl Gould led us through activities in change resilience and conflict resolution.  Four of us had a memorable walk in the woods at the end of the day, … Continue reading

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DirLead, day 2

DirLead is a group of directors of the twenty largest public libraries in Alaska. There is a DirLead listserv to exchange information and ask/give advice among members, a meeting at the annual Alaska Library Association (AkLA) Conference in late winter, … Continue reading

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DirLead, day 1

Yesterday I voted at Fawn Mountain School—my first election in Ketchikan—and then headed to the airport. I was waiting for the airport ferry when a woman with a kind face said to me, “Are you the new library director?” “Yes,” … Continue reading

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Hurricane Marilyn

Twenty-two years ago this week, I was living in St. Thomas, working at the Ralph M. Paiewonsky Library at the University of the Virgin Islands.  For the 2 ½ years that I’d lived on the island, I’d heard horror stories … Continue reading

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Bill Von Rissen

William “Bill” Von Rissen, our paternal grandmother’s uncle, is the subject of much family lore.  He was born in Cincinnati on the 21st of February, 1888, and as a young man was a clerk and a teamster (that is, he … Continue reading

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Irene Von Rissen

Irene Von Rissen is our first cousin, twice removed—our paternal grandmother’s first cousin on her father’s side.  She was born in 1897, in Cincinnati, to John and Rose Von Rissen.  She worked as a bookkeeper, an inspector (of what we … Continue reading

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The Death of George Theetge

The first three stories in this series were about our mother’s ancestors.  But our father’s ancestors had more of a reputation for lawlessness. Family lore is that our paternal grandfather’s maternal grandfather, Percy Theetge, killed a man in the early … Continue reading

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