Canoes & Passenger Ships

19th-century-american-maritimeLaying a foundation (or a keel) for our series on 19th Century American Maritime requires a backward look. To really understand the 19th Century situation and developments, it’s important to consider America’s maritime beginnings in the 17th and 18th Centuries.

Today’s blog post explores some of the Native American water craft and their fishing and whaling. Then we’ll introduce the comparatively large European ships exploring the coasts and bring new settlers to America. Continue reading

Thanksgiving Kid’s Books: The Pilgrims at Plymouth

Yeah, I know – it’s the day after Thanksgiving. Which means you’re probably anxious to get to a sale (or maybe you’re standing in a line and reading this) or you’re getting ready to retrieve your holiday decorations from the rafter, or staring in mute despair at the stack of dishes from last evening’s feast…

And I want to try to talk about books?! Am I crazy? Nah… I’ll even keep this blog post short, but I promise to post a new article every Friday…so here goes. One more book that you might want to add to your children’s history book shelf – for Thanksgiving next year or their history studies.

The Pilgrims at PlymouthThe Book: The Pilgrims at Plymouth

Title: The Pilgrims at Plymouth

Author: Lucille Recht Penner Continue reading

Thanksgiving Kid’s Books: Giving Thanks – The 1621 Harvest Feast

Frustrated by over-simplified illustrations or cartoon figures in some kid’s history books? No fear of that with this Thanksgiving book! This one is a wonderful, authentic reproduction of the “First Thanksgiving Feast.”

Today’s feature book was produced with the cooperation of Plimoth Plantation – a wonderful living history and research center in Plymouth, Massachusetts. With wonderful photographs and both sides of the harvest feast story (Pilgrim and Native American), this book should be a favorite with kids…and adults.

giving thanksThe Book: Giving Thanks

Title: Giving Thanks: The 1621 Harvest Feast

Author: Kate Waters

Photographer: Russ Kendall Continue reading

Thanksgiving Kid’s Books: Three Young Pilgrims

Continuing with our list of favorite children’s picture books for the Thanksgiving season, here’s one that my mom read to me. It remains one of my all-time favorites, and stands the test of historical scrutiny remarkably well. I just love it when an author takes the time to really research – even if it’s just for a kid’s book!

Three Young PilgrimsThe Book: Three Young Pilgrims

Title: Three Young Pilgrims

Author & Illustrator: Cheryl Harness Continue reading

Thanksgiving Kid’s Books: “Pilgrim Cat”

This November, I thought we’d do something different for our theme of the month. I’ve rounded-up my four favorite picture books about the Pilgrims of Plymouth and will share the book and why it’s on our “top four” list. These are the books I’ve read to siblings, students at living history days, and young cousins on Thanksgiving Day. They’re a great investment to entertain and educate the youngsters in your life. (And who doesn’t love great artwork and short, memorable stories!)

If you’re looking for purely historical blog posts about the Pilgrims (AKA Separatists and Strangers) check-out our archive from 2015!

Let’s head to the picture book shelf and see what we can learn and enjoy from “kid’s books.” Continue reading

With Gladness: Colonial Christmas

with-gladness-coverEarlier today, I made an official announcement: there’s a new historical fiction book published by Gazette665.

With Gladness: A Christmas Story Collection is our second publication and is releasing this Friday…just in time for the holiday season. You can find lots of information here or order your signed copy in our store.

We’re also starting something new…a third blog post each week. Look for them Wednesdays. The series is “Christmas on Wednesday” and each article will highlight holiday celebrations and historical background on the stories in With Gladness.

Today we’ll kick-off the series with a look at some Christmas traditions in Colonial America. Continue reading