http://www.slate.com/content/dam/slate/blogs/the_vault/2014/06/17/newmap.gif http://invasionofamerica.ehistory.org/ I'm working on reading Stephen E. Ambrose's book Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West. It has been an interesting read so far, and I can't wait to learn about the journey. Sadly, I found this interactive map that shows Native American cessions to the U.S. Government over time… Continue reading Lewis & Clark’s Consequential Adventure
My Father-in-Law gave me his dad's old Mercury II camera a couple of years. His dad, John, bought this camera while serving in the US Navy in the late 1940s; it has his initials, serial number, and "USN" engraved on the camera. This one is a little more sophisticated than other vintage cameras I have used, but… Continue reading Snapshots with Mercury II Camera
I had the day off on Friday and decided to take a trip up to Appleton for the afternoon. I met up with Molly and got lunch with her--she had to work. After, I made my way over to the History Museum at the Castle just up the street to check out the newest exhibit, Asylum:… Continue reading Asylum: Out of the Shadows
There is nothing quite like digging up the past! Whether it's visiting your local library or visiting a research center to sift through primary documents. I find myself getting a taste of a topic and then wanting to know as much about it as I can. Believe me, its hard not to get lost in hours and hours… Continue reading Family History Book(s)
Wow, it has been 5 years since my first blog post. My wife, Molly, got me hooked on blogging. She was taking a college class where she blogged, so I decided to give it a shot. It has been a great way to share information and draw a following of fellow history enthusiasts. I have enjoyed… Continue reading 5 Years of Blogging
Okay, so it's officially winter in Wisconsin with our first significant snowfall of the year. Yeah, we got a little snow last weekend, but it was barely enough to cover the ground and melted the next day. We are getting a good dose of snow this weekend--6 to 8 inches by the time it's all… Continue reading Bring on the Snow!
I've been exploring some really interesting local history lately that's right down the road from me. I live near Menominee Park in Oshkosh where there is a massive statue of Chief Oshkosh near the shores of Lake Winnebago. The bronze memorial to the chief was placed in the park in 1911, one of many statues generously donated by… Continue reading Chief Oshkosh Day