Happy New Year 2017 from Becky, Caroline, & Linda!!

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King’s College Choir at Christmas

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Music is so closely associated with Christmas that without it, the holiday would be an entirely different experience. Between Advent and Epiphany, choirs singing hymns and carols are heard in nearly every location… Continue reading

Christmas Pusan, 1950

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On December 25, 1950, General Edward Almond arrived in Pusan, South Korea along with the very last of the refugees from Hungnam in the north following a horrific military disaster. Chinese forces pushed… 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

Living History: Cades Cove Under Threat

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As I write this on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, one of my favorite places on earth is burning out of control. It was the family vacation spot of my childhood and holds a… Continue reading

Thanksgiving Without the Pilgrims

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November moves along and it is time for tall black hats, turkey, and indigenous peoples in highly incorrect head dresses. In the United States we all know the drill: the Pilgrim Fathers of… 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

November 11, a Day of Remembrance

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The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. . . November 11, 1918. In a railway carriage in the Compiégne Forrest some 65 km from Paris, the first step in… Continue reading

They Also Serve

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A novel is generally considered “historical” when it is set fifty years or more in the past. By that standard any story set before 1966, when the first of the baby boomers left… 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