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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

The Real First Female to Run for President–Victoria Woodhull

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Now that the run for the highest office in America is upon us, one might think the result will be unique, regardless if you support Trump or Clinton. A businessman with no political… Continue reading

The Female Paul Revere

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A few weeks ago, I posted an article on Paul Revere, which stimulated a considerable amount of conversation about him on various Facebook pages, among other places. One comment really caught my eye,… Continue reading