Category Archive: Becky Lower

Godey’s Lady’s Book

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A few weeks ago, while doing research on when Thanksgiving was made a national holiday, I was surprised to find out the woman who spearheaded the campaign for a national day of celebration,… Continue reading

The National Road & The True Gateway to the West

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about Steubenville, OH and how it was, according to present day Steubenville residents, the real gateway to the west, long before St. Louis adopted the title. I… Continue reading

Thanksgiving Traditions

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Due to America’s great cultural and religious diversity, more Americans now celebrate Thanksgiving than they do Christmas. Most of us spent yesterday with family, cooking and eating a feast, usually involving a turkey,… Continue reading

Franklin Castle–The Most Haunted House in Ohio

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Is it too late for Halloween stories? I think not. When I first moved back to Ohio, my sister drove me by a spooky old house in the Cleveland neighborhood of Ohio City.… Continue reading

A Brief Tour of Steubenville, OH

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I had to go out of town last weekend for a wedding in southern Ohio. This was home to a large chunk of my ancestors–Monroe and Belmont counties, along the Ohio river– and… Continue reading

The Draft Riots of 1863

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Most of us in America are familiar with the Military Draft, which was implemented in 1940 prior to the Second World War and abandoned following the Vietnam War, although men between the ages… Continue reading

From Pegleg Pete to Cutting Edge Prosthetics

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Historical details come in all shapes and sizes. For my latest book, A Widow’s Salvation, a Civil War story set in an Army hospital, I had to find out about prosthetic devices. My… Continue reading

National First Ladies’ Library, Canton, OH

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One of the great things about moving back to the state of your birth after many years of absence is discovering new and interesting tidbits that you never knew about when you were… Continue reading

July 4th, 1776 or September 3, 1783?

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Independence Day is upon us once again. Time for parades on Main Street where officials will pontificate atop podiums draped in patriotic bunting, picnics in the nation’s parks, topped off by a vivid display… Continue reading

In Observance of Memorial Day

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My most recent historical book, A Widow’s Salvation, which is due out later this year, is the first in my series to highlight the Civil War. Even then, my story is more about… Continue reading