The recent death of actor Christopher Plummer has renewed interest in the fifty-six-year-old movie, The Sound of Music. Since it is more than fifty years old, it qualifies as historical fiction. I thought I would share my connection to the movie and the real Trapp Family.
The settlement of Boston in 1720 was quite different from the sprawling metropolis of today. The settlement had around 10,600 people (some sources say 12,000) making it the largest city in the colonies. On April 22, 1721, HMS Seahorse let … Continued
Lt. Colonel Charity Adams was the first female black officer in the Women’s Air Corps (WAC). Charity Adams ( 5 December 1918 – 13 January 2002) Charity Adams was born in Kittrell, North Carolina, just north of Durham and Raleigh, … Continued
Did you know… Gladys West?We don’t usually talk about living people here, but Gladys West is so amazing that we depart from our usual practice to celebrate the achievements of this great African American woman.She was born Gladys Brown, in … Continued
Did you know… Cathay Williams?Cathay Williams was born in Independence, Missouri in September 1844. Her father was a free African American, her mother a slave. Since the status of children was determined by the status of the mother, Cathay was … Continued
Did you know Charley Parkhurst (1812–1879)?Tales of the Old WestOnce there was a girl, Charlene Parkhurst, born in 1812 in Sharon, Vermont. Charlene’s parents died, and there was no one to take care of her, so she ended up in … Continued
Civil War Quote of the week Civil War Quote of the Week:“Previous to the formation of colored troops, I had a strong inclination to prepare myself for the ministry; but when the call came for ALL persons, I [felt] I … Continued
Sarah Mapps Douglass Did you know … Sarah Mapps Douglas (September 9, 1806 – September 8, 1882)? She was an African American educator, abolitionist, artist, and medical student. Sarah grew up among Philadelphia’s elite, during a time when African Americans … Continued