We are pleased and proud to announce the launch of
CAT-O-PEDIA: THE HISTORY PROJECT
a collaboration of
THE CFA FOUNDATION and THE HARRISON WEIR COLLECTION
As we celebrate the New Year, and look forward to successes with our breeding programs in the show ring, we invite you to take a look at the past … the distant past. The CFA Foundation and The Harrison Weir Collection have collaborated on “The History Project” — a look at the cats, people and clubs that were there in the late 19th century, during the very early beginnings of the Cat Fancy.
The site looks at the people responsible for setting the groundwork in the development of breeding programs and the showing of cats; the history of the clubs who organized, financed and supported cat shows in the early days; and, of course, an in-depth look at the cats themselves.
The cats are the main focus of this site. The individual cat pages are filled with photos and facts of each cat and, in some instances, are complete files where breeding histories, show wins, etc. can be found. Currently covered are Shorthair breeds — Abyssinian, English (British) Shorthair, Manx, Siamese — and Longhair breeds – Birman and, as one would expect, a rather large number of Persians.
An added bonus on the site is the beginning of a virtual museum, which shows off some of the artifacts in the collections of both The CFA Foundation and The Harrison Weir Collection.
We invite you to take a look around the site which has resulted from the love of feline history by Karen Lawrence (The CFA Foundation) and John Smithson (The Harrison Weir Collection). Our URL is http://www.cat-o-pedia.org
Please bookmark our URL and be sure to LIKE us on Facebook, where you’ll find tidbits posted about new pages added to the site.
These are a few sample images from files already available on the site!
THE CATS – Champion Oaklands Steadfast (1911)
THE CLUBS – The Black & White Cat Club
THE PEOPLE – Miss Frances Simpson
MORE CATS – Chula (1902)
THE ARTIFACTS – An ACA Championship Medal
& MORE CATS! – Champion Genesee Valley Jane