June 6: Where From Here?

It’s June 6, 2020. Peaceful protests, intense rioting, political bickering, Civil War topics suddenly trending on Twitter, looming COVID-19, personal solitude. That pretty much sums up the last week. Hardly a good time to be back-publishing my semi-frivolous “plague journal” from the last twelve weeks, I thought. So it sits a little longer. Best-laid plans are getting altered on a daily, sometimes hourly basis, as I try to navigate for three different organizations in the history field. In this time when listening and sincere attempts to understand others’ views and positions are desperately needed, should I be “soapboxing” about history?

I started praying about it when I work up this morning. This had been the week to re-launch the blog and celebrate Gazette665’s Sixth Birthday! Did that even matter now? I thought, feeling discouraged.

And then, I remembered, this image from 76 years ago:

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Happy 2nd Birthday To GZ665 (& Update On Our Latest Project!)

birthday-cake-candlesHappy 2nd Birthday to Gazette665 Blog & Website!

I can’t believe it’s been two years since I started this adventure of writing and learning “techy stuff.” It’s been great, and I look forward to many more years of blogging, developing historical resources, and managing the website.

THANK YOU for reading the blog, sending comments and emails, and being part of the discussion of history. May Gazette665 continue inviting you to think, learn, and be inspired for many years to come! Continue reading

It’s Time to Celebrate (And You Get A FREE Gift)

Birthday CakeIt’s been exactly one year since I started Gazette665: A Blog for Historical Information & Inspiration. Bake a cake, light the candle, make a wish…and claim your FREE “party-favor”!

Here’s a big thank you to all my readers! Some of you have been with me on this blogging venture since the first week others have joined within the last few days. It’s always nice to see that the new blog posts are read and I love comments!

Looking back over the last year I’m amazed at the growth on the blog.

  • There are over 100 followers. (Yeah! And thank you one and all.)
  • I’ve published over 100 blog posts and manage 31 webpages on the site.
  • There are two regular blog post series at this time: Tuesday is “Back to Gettysburg” and Friday is “Historical Theme of the Month” (Waterloo: Crossroads of History is the upcoming theme for June.)
  • In January, The History Learning Center was opened with booklists, photoboards, and extra resources for every era of American History.
  • Living history groups are featured under that particular website tab, and I’m working with a couple other living history groups to add to this resource.
  • Then there’s the book! Coming soon…very soon… Blue, Gray & Crimson brings a new perspective on the Battle of Gettysburg by telling the story through the eyes of a fourteen year old civilian girl.
  • And Gazette665 is making a presence in the social media world. Join us on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads!



I need your advice. I need to hear your voice. This blog is for you and I want to provide the historical information and inspiration you want. So, if you could fill out this simple survey it would make this celebration complete.

Tell me what you like and what you want.

I can’t promise changes overnight, but I promise to listen to your answers…but you have to tell me first. Take the survey!

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Did you play the game (take the survey) or were you a “stick in the mud”? (Go take the survey!)

Alright, alright – here’s your FREE GIFT –  10 Practical Ways To Add To Your Historical Knowledge

Thanks for coming to the party! I’m looking forward to another great year of blogging.

Your Historian,

Miss Sarah

P.S. Leave a comment to help us celebrate!

Oh, and please take that survey