Category Archives: 20th century

City of Ships

On a recent vacation in Maine, I asked a native of the state what her favorite Maine small town is. She lives in Blue Hill and works in Castine, two quaint and beautiful towns. I was a little surprised when … Continue reading

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Charles Lindbergh of Little Falls, Minnesota

Charles Lindbergh has loomed large in my life for fifteen years now. I somehow keep working at museums that tell his story and either display his plane the Spirit of St. Louis or a replica of it. So when in the vicinity of … Continue reading

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Alex Rasic: My favorite history site

Alex Rasic is Director of Public Programs at the Homestead Museum in City of Industry, near Los Angeles, California. If you had to choose one or two favorite historic sites, which ones are they and what about them interested you? … Continue reading

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Bits from the books… impress your friends with fun bits of history trivia

Bits from the books… impress your friends at holiday parties with fun bits of history trivia –  there is plenty more in my books. Here are 11 favorites. 1 Top General of the American Revolution, First President of the United … Continue reading

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First Flight Around the World, finalist for nonfiction award

I’m honored that my recent book First Flight Around the World: The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race has been named a finalist for the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award. Few people know about this 1924 Army Air Service … Continue reading

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A ride on the Belle

I’m guessing that deep down most history lovers crave occasional moments where they feel they’ve stepped into a time machine. I think reenactors call it a history rush. So when you give several hundred history geeks (the ones that get paid … Continue reading

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Paradise, an historic inn

“You must book a room at the Paradise Inn!” said my friend Jay when I told him I was going to Mt. Rainier National Park. For years I had wanted to visit the park and every calendar I saw that … Continue reading

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Japanese American history in Washington

Bainbridge Island sits in Puget Sound, a 35 minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle. The lush island has been named among the best places to live in the United States. I visited to attend a three-day symposium for museum folks … Continue reading

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World Flight starting line and finish line

Is there a history site you’ve wanted to visit for a long time? I finally managed a visit to one that had been on my list. I was doing research for my recent book, First Flight Around the World, and … Continue reading

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My new book: First Flight Around the World

I’m proud to announce my new book, First Flight Around the World:The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race. It was just published by Abrams Books for Young Readers. While targeted to ages 10-14, the book works for … Continue reading

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