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The Revolutionary War and the Quakers

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As I rub imaginary elbows with the men and women who fought the Revolutionary War, I am constantly amazed at the variety of people who joined in the conflict. They were ordinary every-day… Continue reading

History of Christmas Postcards

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When I sat down last week to take care of the most time-consuming and expensive of all my Christmas projects–that of preparing Christmas cards–I wondered how this dying art form got its start.… Continue reading

The First Thanksgiving

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As the days grow shorter and colder and the leaves fall from the trees, it’s time to celebrate the holidays. Thanksgiving has always been my family’s favorite holiday, beating out Christmas by a… Continue reading

It’s Pumpkin Carving Time!

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There are many holiday traditions we tend to take for granted without ever giving a thought to how they originated. One of these is pumpkin carving at Halloween. How did the humble pumpkin… Continue reading

Civil War Spies and the Rise of the Pinkerton Agency

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The Civil War was the most different war America ever fought, since there was no clear-cut way to tell friend from foe. No bright red uniforms, no British or French accents. Everyone was… Continue reading

We the People

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This week, we celebrated the anniversary of the signing of the most influential document in the United States, and possibly, the world. On September 17, 1787, America’s founding fathers signed the Constitution that… Continue reading

The Great Stink

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It’s hard to believe that only one or two generations ago, we were relying on chamber pots or crude outdoor toilets to get rid of daily human waste. Sewer systems, if there were… Continue reading

The Federal Reburial Program

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This article was first published on this site in 2017 The final book in my Cotillion Ball series, The Forgotten Debutante, is set for re-release on August 22. The timeline for the entire… Continue reading

Elizabeth Loring–Patriot or Loyalist?

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  One of the best parts of writing historical romance is stumbling across little known characters who in their own small way affected the outcome of history. One of these is Elizabeth Loring,… Continue reading

America’s Revolutionary War

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I don’t know if it’s America’s fascination with the Broadway musical “Hamilton” or if it’s a wish to get back to our roots, but lately a lot has been discussed about the Revolutionary… Continue reading