Category Archive: Becky Lower

Laura Secord, Canada’s Paul Revere

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If the War of 1812 was America’s Forgotten War, then Laura Secord is the war’s forgotten heroine, at least in the United States.   Most Americans forget that in the late 1700s and… Continue reading

America’s Forgotten War

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The War of 1812 stands out in American history as a disappointment to most, a forgotten war as soon as one managed to finish 8th grade history class. It doesn’t have the same… Continue reading

Big Jock McCluskey and the Buffalo Plaid

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I sat in a meeting a few weeks ago with my new red and black buffalo plaid jacket lovingly placed over the back of my chair. When I glanced around the room at… Continue reading

Ezra Meeker And The Oregon Trail

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As so often happens when doing research for this blog, I begin with one idea in mind and in the course of researching what I think will be the blog for the day,… 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

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

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