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Thomas Jefferson, Agriculturalist

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I find that the limited number of our flower beds will too much restrain the variety of flowers in which we might wish to indulge, & therefore I have resumed an idea … of… Continue reading

The American Civil War Begins

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This week marks the anniversary of the start of the Civil War. The bloodiest war in American history began on April 12, 1861, when Confederate forces, under the command of General P.G.T. Beauregard… Continue reading

Amelia Bloomer, Fashionista and Women’s Rights Advocate

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I couldn’t let March come to an end without having History Imagined pay homage to National Women’s History Month, established in 1987 by a declaration of Congress after several years of hard work… Continue reading

Dr. Samuel Mudd–Co-Conspirator or Innocent Doctor?

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In my last installment on this site, I discussed Mary Surratt and her relationship to John Wilkes Booth. As a side note, I mentioned that Samuel Mudd knew Mr. Booth at least one… Continue reading

Mary Elizabeth Surratt–Co-Conspirator, Starstruck Fangirl or Helicopter Mom?

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Before Mary Surratt gained the dubious distinction of becoming the first female to be executed by the United States federal government, in 1865, she was the owner of a boarding house in Washington,… Continue reading

Seeds of Survival, Bernard McMahon’s Contribution to America

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I started to write this post about the gardens of Monticello, located near Charlottesville, VA, and home of our nation’s third president, Thomas Jefferson. But the more I read about how his vast estate… Continue reading

The Van Buren Sisters

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I took a break from watching Hallmark Christmas stories last week, and scrolled through the other offerings on television. I landed on a show about the town of Sturgis, SD, long-known for its… Continue reading

Anniversary of Ellis Island’s Closing–November 12, 1954

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In light of recent events here in America, and the possible tightening of our somewhat porous borders, I thought the anniversary of the closing of the busiest of our immigration inspection stations—Ellis Island,… Continue reading

Hurdy-Gurdy Girls

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Since this blog is about imagining history, I’d like you to indulge me for a few minutes. Imagine yourself as a young single woman as the Civil War drew to a close. Because… Continue reading

Downing’s Oyster Restaurant

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  The latest addition to the national mall in Washington, DC is the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It opened its doors on September 24, 2016 after thirteen years of… Continue reading