Category: History

Historical Queens, in February

Queen Anne was born February 6th, in 1665. If anyone has ever seen the new movie called “The Favourite” it will make you wonder about the life Queen Anne led. That is if I have the same Queen Anne. The movie is a bit…

The Magical Light of Padua, Italy, and Giotto’s Frescoes @ the Scrovegni Chapel.

    During a recent stay, in Padua, Italy, I marveled at a seemingly enchanting light hovering over this very old city, going back before Roman times, a place where many layers of culture and history are available to feast the mind.  In particular…

Stillwater ~ July 2017

A recent visit to Stillwater revealed new and exciting discoveries.  Even though I came here many times before it was easy to skip over details of the city, as I was busy going back and forth across the river, to be with my aging…

Before moving on…

… to the woods and the prairie of Winnesheik (Chapter VII), Hamlin recollects, his school days in Wisconsin.  Instead of attending the village school, he and his siblings joined a few others at the home of John Roche.  He recalls John’s daughter, Indiana, (a…

Faribault, Minnesota

Faribault, Minnesota is a lovely, well preserved town, about one hour and a half straight south of Minneapolis/St. Paul. One of the earliest European settlements in Minnesota, it is filled with beautiful architecture, and prominent institutions.

With Love, Lizzie

As the train sped away to Minnesota, Her message was loud and clear: ‘Crete, I left, too sick to say goodbye. With Love, Lizzie’ The 20th day of July, in 1870 she died, at 37 years. Lost letters, and diaries, her story they tell,…

4th of July, 1826

Nelson, Ohio ~ 1826 Elizabeth Garrett, a pioneer woman, and daughter of John and Eleanor Garrett, the founders of Garrettsville, Ohio, begins a diary dated July 4th 1826. She says, “I shall have transcribe a memorandum which I have kept for a year past…