Tag Archive: history

George Washington’s Christmas Raid

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At this time of the year, especially in the Northern United States, uppermost in our minds are warm fires, hot chocolate, and the comfort of family as we celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas. Can… Continue reading

Fashion and Foot Binding

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Fashion. Some readers of historical romance will tell you it is one of the reasons they enjoy the genre. Love of clothing certainly fuels the continued popularity of all things Jane Austen in… Continue reading

The Long History of the Hedge Maze

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If you thought the hedge maze, or the more American version, especially in the fall, the corn maze, was an English tradition, you’d be sadly mistaken. The first such maze was invented more… Continue reading

Mr. Jefferson’s Roses

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For anyone who loves flowers, roses, orchards and a great vegetable garden, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, VA is a destination to put on your To-Do list. The house itself is brimming with… Continue reading

Opium, Hypocrisy, and Amnesia

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Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it. Edmund Burke (1729-1797) This much-abused quote is frequently tweaked to say “ignore” or “forget” history. Sometimes people simply choose to ignore it, particularly… Continue reading

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

The Desert Queen

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Among the colorful personalities of the late Georgian/Early Victorian world of the 1830s Lady Hester Stanhope stands out for her brilliance, independence, and sheer brazen disregard for social mores. If ladies rode sidesaddle;… Continue reading