Tag Archive: American historical

What is Real?

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“It isn’t a real chapel.” I heard that twice last week; both speakers referred to the Saint Francis Chapel at The Mission Inn in Riverside, California, and both put the emphasis on “real.”… Continue reading

The Natchez Trace

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Once young men routinely floated their goods—products of the farms and settlements of newly formed states and territories—down the Ohio, Wabash, and Illinois rivers to the Mississippi and on to New Orleans. They… Continue reading

Where the Roads of Imagination Lead

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If fiction fuels the mind, historical fiction poured jet fuel into mine from early on. It created a lifelong fascination with history and pushed me to question everything I read. Why question? At… 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

Living History: Connecting to Heritage, Part I

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In a recent post, I posed a question that is central to this series: why is living history important? My initial answer dealt with the need to communicate the facts and concepts 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

Diversity in Upper Canada

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My grandmother is Ojibwa, my father was French, and my husband was a Scot. You can despise whichever one of those your English heart chooses, or all of them, but I am not… Continue reading

The Ohio Firelands

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When I moved back to Ohio after an absence of several decades, I ended up in a part of the state previously unexplored by me, despite having spent the first twenty-two years of… Continue reading

Edward S. Curtis, Shadow Catcher

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  Many years ago, when I was living in the Southwest, I took a trip back to Cape Cod, to visit an old friend. While there, we went into an antique store. On… Continue reading

The Trail Of Tears

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I’ve been working on a story featuring a woman left alone with her children while her husband fights the Civil War and an Ojibwa indian who befriends her.  I’m setting the book in… Continue reading