Colouring our way through history

The youngest, who recently turned five, has remarkable pencil control. She calls herself an artist, you won't be surprised to hear....more

Relive history at Appomattox Court House National Historic Park

(This is part 2 in my three-part American History travel series. Read part 1 here:

Step back in time at Conner Prairie’s Civil War Journey exhibit

Recently, we visited Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in Fishers, IN. First, we visited as a field trip with Camp Mommawatchi, and because I bought a membership, we returned again a few weeks ago. I have to tell you that it is my new favorite place for kids! If you live in the area or are on vacation in Indiana, you need to check out this wonderful park....more

How Parents and Teachers Should Teach Children About Slavery

[Editor's Note: Is the history of slavery in America something that can be taught in elementary schools? I wish there were a simple answer for that. In two separate incidents during the past month -- in Georgia and New York -- public school teachers have been in the news for assigning math problems which flippantly mentioned slaves, asking children to do arithmetic involving beatings, whippings, and deaths. And the most ironic part? February is Black History Month. ...more
I am a parent of a 4 year old and her pre-school class has been learning about slavery as part ...more

Magical Sugarloaf Mountain

When I was a child in 1950s, DisneyLand was a continent away in California and Florida's DisneyWorld wouldn't be built until the early 1970s. We were unconcerned, however, because in Maryland, we had Sugarloaf Mountain, a magic kingdom in and of itself....more
@KarenLynnn Oh my! No! I am sad I missed Rocky Springs. Sounds like one of those special ...more

Hospital Sketches by Louisa May Alcott

 In an earlier post I wrote about the free Civil War and Reconstruction class I'm taking from Yale Open Courses.  The class is taught by Professor David Blight.  It is available on Itunes and here. During the past few days I've tried to get through Hospital Sketches by Louisa May Alcott.  Alcott wrote some books for adults.  Alcott told of her experiences as a volunteer nurse in 1862....more
Judaye, I've been reading Allcott lately too:  Transcendental Wild Oats, her fictional account ...more

A Moment in Living History

Making history come alive appears as if it comes easily to the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.  Yesterday, February 12, 2012, everyone was invited to share in the celebration of the Civil War, 150 years ago....more

A Heartbreaking Civil War Diary

(To see the photos that go with this text please view my blog "A Rolling Crone" at Because it was Memorial Day weekend, I went yesterday to the Grafton Historical Society’s rooms in the former Town Hall on the Grafton Common in our little Massachusetts town to see a Civil War display that they’ve recently posted there. It summarized the names, ages and occupations of the 65 young men from Grafton who died in that war. ...more

A Teenaged Girl's Civil War Memoir

To see the photos that go with this text click on my blog "A Rolling Crone" below (The Story Behind the Photograph) The girl in this faded carte de visite (CDV) photograph was born in 1847, so she would have been 14 when the Civil War began and 18 when it ended. Her name was Eliza Buffat (later married to August Jules Truan, who was a seven-year-old boy when he arrived in the U.S. with his parents from Switzerland on the same boat as Eliza’s family.) She was my mother’s maternal grandmother—my great-grandmother. ...more