Ida B. Wells – Tales from Wo-Fan’s Land

It is not possible within the confines of a blog post to list all the accomplishments of Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Her career was the embodiment of the term intersectionality – decades before the term was coined. She had her hands in women's suffrage, prison reform, desegregation efforts, fighting corruption in local politics, education reform, breaking … Continue reading Ida B. Wells – Tales from Wo-Fan’s Land

Mary Crow Dog (aka Mary Brave Bird) – Tales from Wo-Fan’s Land

Mary Crow Dog (nee Brave Bird). September 26, 1954 – February 14, 2013. Sicangu Lakota. Mother, grandmother, activist, writer. Beginning on February 27, 1973, the leaders of the American Indian Movement (AIM) and 200 Oglala Lakota people occupied the town of Wounded Knee, South Dakota for 71 days. This action was a result of the … Continue reading Mary Crow Dog (aka Mary Brave Bird) – Tales from Wo-Fan’s Land

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, New-York Historical Society

I make it no secret that the New-York Historical Society is one of my very favorite places. They consistently have fantastic exhibits that leave me breathless, in tears, and knowing more than I did when I walked through their doors. Last autumn (October 2018) I was at the museum for their Harry Potter exhibit (more … Continue reading Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, New-York Historical Society

240th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn at Green-Wood Cemetery

In late August 2016, Green-Wood Cemetery commemorated the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, fought in 1776 on the grounds. The all-day event was an exciting and informative time thanks to living history demonstrations. The event culminated in a parade along the route to Battle Hill, where the memorials are for the Revolutionary War … Continue reading 240th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn at Green-Wood Cemetery

Following Theodore Roosevelt home to Sagamore Hill, NY

I am a complete and total Theodore Roosevelt fangirl. He is my favorite person from history, and - as you can imagine - his home is my favorite of all the 400+ National Park properties. Located in Oyster Bay, Long Island TR's gorgeous home, Sagamore Hill, is a National Historic Site. The items within the … Continue reading Following Theodore Roosevelt home to Sagamore Hill, NY

A day touring Gettysburg National Military Park and National Cemetery

In July 2016, I was able to spend the day in Gettysburg, PA with my family touring the National Military Park. We hired a wonderful Licensed Battlefield Guide, Dean, at the visitor center who drove our car for us while explaining the ins-and-outs of three day battle during the Civil War, and showed us around … Continue reading A day touring Gettysburg National Military Park and National Cemetery