This page has snippets of my most recent newsletter and links to 2018 issues. Click to see the entire newsletter. Previous issues (from 2016 and 2017) are listed on the Newsletter Archive page.
08/01/2018 – Ellis Island, San Antonio Missions, and more
America has had several points of entry for immigrants but the largest one during the late 19th and early 20th centuries was Ellis Island in New York Harbor. From 1892 to 1924, Ellis Island was where 12 million immigrants first set foot on American soil. …
The Historic Importance of the San Antonio Missions (This article is on my blog). The San Antonio Missions National Historical Park in San Antonio, Texas, consists of four missions built in the early 1700s by Spanish Catholic priests. The purpose was to establish settlements in the territory claimed by Spain. Continue reading →
Dragonwyck by Anya Seton
Anya Seton’s Gothic tale of romance, social class distinction, and power amid a changing way of life was written in 1944 and inspired by an article from an 1849 New York newspaper. Even though the main characters are fiction, the story is based on a once prominent lifestyle along the Hudson River of wealthy landowners…
- 03/17/2018 – Chicago River and Blarney Stone