a potpourri of links to the past
with an occasional aside and the odd comment...
documents & pictures
Old postcards are a wonderful way to learn about the past. Here is an introduction to the postcard collection begun by Jude's grandmother more than a hundred years ago. Others can be seen on various states' sites around the web, by following links from our Gallery page.
The best place to start is at The Kansas Collection. , an assortment of information and anecdotes about the state a lot of our ancestors walked through, stopped by for a spell, or stayed in.
A must-see for anyone studying Idaho's history: The University of Idaho Special Collections
Project Gutenberg puts documents of historical interest (but limited availability) as close as your computer. Here's the text of Charles Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle, or maybe you want to know more about mules?
the old west
A great starting point for learning about the Old West
Too often we forget that there were women on the frontier too. Some of them even 'saw the elephant' in the gold camps of California.
fashion & cookery
museums, visitor centers, & tours
Gladhaus is just a hop, skip, and a jump from the end of The Oregon Trail. You can learn more about it from The Oregon California Trails Association and The Oregon Trail Website. We're not all that far from the route followed by Lewis and Clark, either. Or if you want to visit one of the many excellent museums interpreting the Westward Expansion, there are links to some of them at our Travel Webpage.
While I was writing Noble Savage, I learned a lot about the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. The Central Pacific Photographic History Museum was one of the best and most fascinating sources of information she found.
George Washington was more than the 'Father of His County.' He was a soldier who led a rag-tag army to victory in a long and bloody war. Tour some of the battlefields of the American Revolutionary War.
a comedy of manners?
Oh, no. The Regency Period in England was more than Jane Austen and Beau Brummel. But they'll do for a start. There is an enormous body of fiction about that incomparable period in history.
The fashions alone are worth remarking, for this was when men wore skin-tight knit pantaloons and women dampened their petticoats so that their dresses became virtually transparent.
odds & ends
The practice of medicine in the past was often fraught with uncertainty. During the Civil War more men died of disease than of wounds.
And speaking of medicine in the past, here's where you can learn what Archaic Medical Terms really meant.
A gentleman in England compiled this list of trades from old census and parish records in England: Five Thousand Ways to Earn a Living. This is just the list, but at the bottom of the page is a link to where you can learn what all those interesting trades involved.
There are those who believe that sidesaddles were invented by a misogynist who was a close relative of the Marquis de Sade. And then there are others who insist they can be ridden with grace and style. The Sidesaddle Association will help you decide.