Head and Heart

College was never really a question for me.  I was one of the “smart” kids, and my parents had gone to college.  Somehow, it wasn’t until I got to college and was knee deep in a women’s history class that I realized that this whole higher education for women was all relatively recent. Again, IContinue reading “Head and Heart”

Gateways to History: Borrowed Names

Sometimes it doesn’t take much for me to be completely sold on a book.  For this one, I just needed the title: Borrowed Names: Poems about Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madam C. J. Walker, Marie Curie and Their Daughters.  Written by Jeannine Atkins, I see this book as a gateway to learn more about some amazingContinue reading “Gateways to History: Borrowed Names”

Nothing plain about this Jane

I’ve always had a weakness for people named Jane.  After all, it was my grandmother’s name and is my own middle name.  But more often than not, fictional characters with that name often have the following adjectives attached to their names: plain, sensible, practical.  Not that this is a problem, but well, it’s not doingContinue reading “Nothing plain about this Jane”

Shining the spotlight. . .

I’ve long bemoaned the general lack of knowledge on the women’s suffrage movement.  A continual soapbox is how you cannot escape Black History Month in February, but it’s hard to even remember that it’s closely followed by Women’s History Month in March.  But that’s another post. But things are getting better.  I think more andContinue reading “Shining the spotlight. . .”

The Changing Face of Nancy Drew

There are certain advantages to being the daughter of a bookstore manager.  Chief among them: free books!  (though it’s been awhile, Dad.  What’s up with that?)  When I was a kid, dad would periodically bring home a stack of paperbacks, none of which had covers.  See, in bookstore land, sellers sent covers of books thatContinue reading “The Changing Face of Nancy Drew”

Let me count the ways. . . In love with Calpurnia Tate

As a public historian in Texas, there are certain subjects that you just have to deal with on a regular basis.  The Alamo.  Cowboys.  The frontier.  I have attended conferences where it feels like every single session is pre-1900 history and mostly about the Texas Revolution.  These are all fine topics for historical study, butContinue reading “Let me count the ways. . . In love with Calpurnia Tate”

The Perils of Historical Fiction

It’s not that I don’t like historical fiction for kids.  It’s just that there’s so much bad historical fiction out there–books that probably aren’t going to convert any kids to the history-nerd lifestyle. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve been doing a lot more reading than usual.  Due to the bizarre combination of aContinue reading “The Perils of Historical Fiction”

Piecing it together

Last spring, our exhibit was on domestic arts.  Specifically, quilts, gardening, and woodworking.  We were part of a larger collaboration, and museums throughout the city were doing various exhibits on quilts.  Now I like quilts as much as the next person, but when you have two years of meetings, they can get a little, shallContinue reading “Piecing it together”