Visitor Learns More About Grandmother During Park Visit

November 07, 2013 Posted by: Bruce Spadaccini, Museum Technician

Betsy Lane Shepherd, undatedUpon finishing a talk and demonstration of the phonograph in the Music Room, a couple waited around to ask a few questions to Ranger Carmen Pantaleo. The woman said that her grandmother had actually sung for Edison. After explaining that the pictures on the walls were some of the recording artists from Edison's time, Carmen began reading some names off. The visitor then told Carmen that her grandmother's name was Betsy Shepherd. According to Carmen, "As I made my way around the room I approached the coat rack. I told her, 'You won't believe this, but here is a picture of Betsy Lane Shepherd.'" The visitor was so amazed and surprised, and Carmen took plenty of photographs for her to take home.

"She said she was shaking and had goose bumps from this experience. She just couldn't believe that there was an actual picture of her grandmother there on the wall. It is amazing how you always hear stories about someone's relative who had worked for Edison over all the years, but to have some kind of actual proof is just amazing. I know that on that day I made someone's dream come true of connecting a family member to her family history."

A number of Shepherd's recordings survive and can be listened to here, courtesy of the Internet Archive.

Recording Artist, Betsy Lane Shepherd

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    September 21, 2015 at 07:34

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  2. Janie - Marble Falls, Texas
    August 24, 2014 at 03:12

    I would like to ontact Carmen. We are related. Her Grandmother was my Grandfather's niece. Louis H. Lane.

  3. Brian - Williamsburg, Virginia
    November 12, 2013 at 04:11

    Good Article Bruce! Come see me down at Independence some day!

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