Civil War, History Class, Life, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life

Where Does Thankfulness Fit on the Calendar?

My husband and I set up this little display in our new school. Students and visitors were encouraged to add "stars" with the names of veterans they'd like to recognize. We were pleased to see that due to high participation we'll probably need to make the board bigger next year. November in the United States… Continue reading Where Does Thankfulness Fit on the Calendar?

Civil War, History Class, Life, Memorials, Photos, Travel, Uncategorized, World War 2

Exploring the Oshkosh Military Veterans Museum

I did something that wasn't unpacking, cleaning, or schoolwork! A Saturday or two ago, I slipped away for a couple of hours into Oshkosh, WI, to explore a new museum. Just down the road from the rather better-known EAA Aviation Museum*, the Military Veterans Museum was a fascinating place to visit AND it provided some… Continue reading Exploring the Oshkosh Military Veterans Museum

History Class, Podcasts, World War 2

A Real-Life “Rosie”

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, original link here. While Allied troops served around the globe in the Second World War, civilians served at home in dozens of ways—building and repairing ships, sewing uniforms, producing food, and keeping the factories going. In particular, the needs of the Home Front transformed the lives of many… Continue reading A Real-Life “Rosie”

History Class, Life, Memorials, Photos, Uncategorized

Visiting The Hiker Memorial

This summer we moved from evergreens, salt water, and mountains to corn fields, lakes, and prairies. Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash Moving from Washington to Wisconsin has meant many changes for my family. Personal changes have been the most challenging—changing jobs, schools, churches, homes, and saying goodbye to friends. Changes in local climate have… Continue reading Visiting The Hiker Memorial

History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

The Battle of Midway: Part I

""Sinking Sun": painting by Griffith Baily Coale, oil on canvas, 1942. Description: A U.S. Marine stands at parade rest on the bow of a PT boat as she moves slowly out to sea from Midway to give decent burial to Japanese fliers shot down on the islands during the battle. The red ball of the… Continue reading The Battle of Midway: Part I

Civil War, History Class, Podcasts, Writer's Life

How (and Why) We Almost Went to War Over a Pig

Not every international conflict leads to destruction and violence. Our American Stories is featuring me in a 10-minute talk on a time when the U.S. and Britain almost went to war over a pig, but diplomacy triumphed. If you're interested in giving it a listen, here's the link! If you're interested in the story but… Continue reading How (and Why) We Almost Went to War Over a Pig

History Class, Podcasts, World War 2

The USS Lexington

One of the very first U.S. aircraft carriers, the USS Lexington (CV-2) played a fascinating role in history. Today, I'm visiting the Our American Stories podcast to share a bit about it. Here's the link if you'd like to stop by and check it out! If you head over, let me know what you think… Continue reading The USS Lexington

History Class, Photos, Uncategorized, World War 2

77th Anniversary of V-E Day

This weekend marks the 77th anniversary of "V-E Day," the official declaration of Victory in Europe as the Second World War neared its end.  While I've read descriptions of the euphoric celebrations, I think that some of the images from the day capture the story best.  "The first flyers announcing the German surrender outside the… Continue reading 77th Anniversary of V-E Day

Family History, History Class, Life, Motherhood, Uncategorized, Writing, Writing Inspiration

Tangible History

Photo by Roman Kraft on Unsplash I had high hopes of sharing a new post with you this week. It's in process still, as moving preparations continue to swallow all of my life that school and family haven't already consumed. However, as I sorted through the mess that is my room, I came upon a little box that… Continue reading Tangible History

Civil War, History Class, Life, Memorials, Photos, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life

Exploring the Naval Undersea Museum

As my family and I prepare to move across the country this summer, we've started making our "must visit" list. What places do we need to explore again while we have the chance? This museum is a definite maybe—it was always a favorite and might be even better now that the kids have had four… Continue reading Exploring the Naval Undersea Museum