History

In Remembrance

One tradition I have for myself on Memorial Day is returning to the letter written by Major Sullivan Ballou of the Union Army, dated July 14, 1861. If you've seen Ken Burn's superb documentary sereies, The Civil War, you've heard the letter read at the end of the...

Wearing a Corset Doesn’t Have to Be Uncomfortable

Welcome to Fashion Flashback Friday, your guide to what they wore then. One of most frequent comments I hear from folks about historic dress is “I don’t see how they could wear corsets when they’re so uncomfortable.” I used to hear some authors say, “My heroine would...

Happy… 2nd of July?

“…The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

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