Holidays & Celebrations · World War I

The Masque of Illinois

Illinois is now celebrating its bicentennial year. With over 200 years of history to remember, it’s easy to overlook our first centennial in 1918. One notable if not infamous work produced during that time was the Masque of Illinois. Written by Wallace Rice, a prolific writer of plays, pageants, and poetry particularly on state history,… Continue reading The Masque of Illinois

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Clever Gifts for Genealogists – 2018 Holiday Edition

Throughout the year, I like to keep a running list of all the cool gift ideas I’ve seen or researched just to give my blog readers a little help with their gift giving endeavors.  While I do not advocate gift-giving as the only way to show affection to friends and loved ones during the holiday… Continue reading Clever Gifts for Genealogists – 2018 Holiday Edition

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Last Minute Gifts for Genealogists – Wishful Wednesday

My family and friends spend the year constantly asking what I want for Christmas.  Yes, I want that absolutely amazing Mirror of Erised from Pottery Barn right now.  I know my chances of getting one are slim to none. My wishlist of genealogy goodies is also quite long.  I tend to squirrel away some funds… Continue reading Last Minute Gifts for Genealogists – Wishful Wednesday

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Christmas on the American WWI Homefront – Talented Tuesday

As we look back to the events of the Great War and the people who lived through it, what serves as a tether between that century was the significance of Christmas to Americans living at home and abroad.  For a majority of families, this Christmas would mark the first time since the Civil War where one… Continue reading Christmas on the American WWI Homefront – Talented Tuesday