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O, say can you see? Stories of a national anthem

On September 13 and 14 Americans will commemorate the bicentennial of the Battle of Baltimore, a mostly forgotten battle in U.S. history… except that it gave the United States its national anthem. The song is a stirring tribute of the battle by … Continue reading

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The only bike race of its kind in the U.S.

Anyone who has read my book (A Grizzly in the Mail and Other Adventures in American History) knows of my past attempt to ride a high wheel bicycle. Imagine my glee when I heard about a high wheel race, the only one … Continue reading

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Think you know American history? You may be wrong.

In honor of American Independence Day, enjoy these 4 myths, as told in A Grizzly in the Mail and Other Adventures in American History 1)      Betsy Ross sewed the first flag. She sits with the Founding Fathers on the Fourth … Continue reading

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Happy Flag Day – Mary, not Betsy

June 14 is Flag Day in the United States. It commemorates the day  in 1777 when Congress adopted the national flag. It’s not a federal holiday and most communities don’t hold celebrations, though many people fly a flag. I’m repeating … Continue reading

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Life on the Canal

One of my favorite places in the Washington D.C. area is the Great Falls of the Potomac just fourteen or so miles upriver from the city. There, at the fall line of the Potomac, the river drops nearly eighty feet in less than … Continue reading

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British invasion at North Point

During the War of 1812 the citizens of Baltimore knew their city was a big target.  With the powerful British navy sailing up the Chesapeake Bay toward them, they were scared. The Committee of Vigilance and Safety chose Major General Samuel … Continue reading

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Mary, not Betsy

Two narrow brick houses in two East Coast cities, two historic sites, two women separated by less than forty years, both seamstresses. One’s name is known to every American student, one’s name unknown in history. One’s story is built on solid … Continue reading

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