Going for the Gold

Winter Olympics History By Eilene Lyon I was so inspired by the American women’s relay in cross-country skiing. The first gold medal EVER for the U.S. in cross-country skiing in Olympic history. Go Team USA! The winter games began in 1924, so that’s nearly a century-long drought – it seems only the Chicago Cubs have... Continue Reading →

Less Than Proud

The Davis Family of North Carolina By Eilene Lyon Sometimes we need to acknowledge the deeds of our forefathers that we are less than proud of - in this case, slave-holding. My grandmother was born Clare Ransom Davis.  Her father was Sterling Price Davis.  His father was Melville Cox Davis, son of Hamilton Cunningham Davis... Continue Reading →

“Can You Read Me Now?”

By Eilene Lyon Reading handwritten documents is a critical part of genealogical and historical research.  The debate about teaching children to write cursive is ongoing.  The question for me is, “Can you read cursive writing without learning how to do it yourself?” I believe the answer is “Yes.” I quit writing cursive as soon as... Continue Reading →

National Parks 2013 – 2017 – Part 3

By Eilene Lyon It’s been a couple weeks since my last post about National Parks and other public lands.  As I mentioned before, I highly encourage you to learn more about the history of these places and the threats they face by clicking on the links below. Let’s start with Glacier National Park (feature photo... Continue Reading →

Payday Lending 1850s-Style

By Eilene Lyon Ridiculously expensive loans are certainly not a modern phenomenon.  They probably began with the invention of the monetary concept.  I’ll give you two clams today; you’ll give me three clams tomorrow. Farmers in the early- to mid-19th century were loath to borrow money, especially from banks.  They’d been burned by the federal... Continue Reading →

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