Monday, June 3, 2013

Welcome to The Underwood Memorial Hall Blog

Underwood Memorial Hall in winter
Photo courtesy of the Underwood family collection



This is a blog produced by 4th grade students at Seoul Foreign School in May 2013.  Students visited the Underwood Memorial Hall museum and researched the house, artifacts and some of the Underwood family who lived in the house.  They used published books, memoirs and skype interviews with Richard Underwood and Grace Underwood Harkness (unfortunately, we were unable to record the interviews with Grace).

여러분께서 보시는 블로그는 2013 서울 외국인 학교 4학년 학생들에 의해서 제작되었습니다. 학생들은 박물관을 견학한 후에  현재 박물관으로 사용되는 언더우드 사가와 곳에 전시된 전시품들 그리고 곳에 살았던 언더우드가족들에 대해 리서치 활동을 했습니다. 학생들은 출간된 책자, 회고록 그리고 리차드 언더우드와 그리고 그레이스 언더우드 하크네스와 화상 인터뷰를 통해서  블로그를 제작하게 되었습니다

The blog is primarily designed to host information that visitors to the museum can link to through the use of QR codes.  If you do not have a QR code reader on your phone, you can download one quickly for free at   It is then a simple case of scanning the codes you find as you walk around the museum.

블로그는 박물관을 방문하신 분들에게 QR코드를 통해 다양한 정보를 전달하는데 목적이 있습니다. 방문객께서 QR코드가 없으신 경우, 에서 무료로 다운로드 받으실 있습니다. 이제 박물관을 관람하시면서 코드를 스캔해 보시길 바랍니다

The Underwoods have a long history with Korea and lived through fascinating changes in the country's history.  There are many interesting stories to share which you can find in the blog.  As well as pictures and photos, you will also find snippets of the video interview with Richard Underwood.  He is a great story teller.

언더우드가는 19세기 말부터 역사의 격동기를 곳에서 살면서 한국과 깊은 인연이 있습니다. 블로그에서 다양한 사진과 리차드 언더우드의 생생한 증언을 통해 흥미로운 이야기들을 확인하실 있습니다.

For ease of use, the blog is divided into three main parts:

편안하신 사용을 위해 블로그는 다음의 3가지부문으로 나뉘어 있습니다:
언더우드집과  관련된 이야기

집에 전시된 전시품들에 관한 이야기
언더우드가와 한국에 관한 이야기 

We hope you enjoy your visit.  Feel free to leave us comments!

Stories From The House

Like many families, the Underwood family have a lot of fond memories of growing up in the house.  Some of them are listed below.

Artifacts Within The House

There are many interesting artifacts and pictures within the house.  Click the links below to find out a little more information about some of these.

An Underwood Typewriter

An early Korean travel document

A mirror presented by Queen Min

A Silla Dynasty Pottery Bowl

Underwood Family Portrait

The Underwood Family and Korea

Horace and Ethel with their five children
Photo courtesy of the Underwood family collection

The Underwood family have long established ties to Korea.  You can read a general background of the family in Korea here.

You can find more information on some of the family members below:

1st Generation in Korea
Horace Grant Underwood (1859 - 1916)            m.  Lillias Stirling Underwood (1851 - 1921)

2nd Generation in Korea
Horace Horton. Underwood (1890 - 1951)         m.  Ethel Van Wagoner (1888 - 1949)

3rd Generation in Korea
Horace Grant Underwood II (1917 - 2004)         m.  Joan Davidson Underwood (1915 - 1976)
John T. Underwood (1919 - 1994)
James Horton Underwood
William Bradford
Richard F. Underwood (1927 - )
Grace Margaret (1929 - )

4th Generation in Korea
Children of Horace and Joan Underwood
Horace Underwood
William Underwood
Peter Underwood

Children of John and Jean Underwood
James Underwood
Thomas Underwood

Children of Richard and Carol Underwood
Elizabeth Underwood
Fred Underwood
Marilyn Underwood
David Underwood