History

What happened before today, before yesterday, before.. well, before last year, at least. That’s history.

Towers of Gold book review

Towers of Gold book review

I finished reading it a week ago. I posted my review at my other site. It’s a personal family historian’s Best of All Possible Worlds scenario — follow a hankering to learn more family history for the sake of the kids, and go to the state historical society, discover not just one but dozens of […]

Arrived in the mail: Towers of Gold

[UPDATED] Just in time to help me transition out of election-obsession: Frances Dinkelspiel’s new book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California (available Nov 11). It’s the story of her great-great-grandfather, Isaias Hellman, who, well, helped make California. I’ll write more at length — I’m about halfway through the book […]

From FDR to this election: an 83-year-old man recalls

This YouTube video is of a friend’s father, Michael Galloway. (Remember the Taryton man who’d rather fight than switch? That’s him!) He recalls his first political involvement at the age of 8, while he campaigns for Obama along Pacific Coast Highway, and the impact of FDR’s inauguration ceremony.

Codex Sinaiticus goes online

What’s very very old will be doing the new. Codex Sinaiticus is the oldest New Testament manuscript. I’ve been to the British Museum twice, each time arriving at 4pm (it closes at 5) and both times I went straight to the manuscript room. Can’t remember if the manuscript I was ogling was Sinaiticus or Alexandrinus. […]

Peakbagging, 1924-style: Climbing Mt. Rainier

Peakbagging, 1924-style: Climbing Mt. Rainier

I scanned some photos of my grandmother’s climb to Mt. Rainier (August 1924), and created a story on my mother site after visiting some other Mt. Rainier climb web sites to learn more about the climb and what was going on in the pictures. (Yesterday, I tried to access the scans (on a 250GB external […]

The woman in the 10-gallon hat

The woman in the 10-gallon hat

Who is this woman in the 10-gallon hat? My great aunt Doris. I’ve more fun photos of her (posing as that western gal for her fellow eastern art school students! standing on horses!) in a post I wrote about learning about the history of Billings, Montana, while reading letters in the attic sent from Billings […]