July 4, 1876:  It Was a Blast!

July 4, 1876: It Was a Blast!

July 4, 1876 – The United States was celebrating its first centennial eleven years following the end of the Civil War. In Philadelphia, soldiers from the North and South, “the Blue and the Gray”, marched together. There were lively and soul-stirring festivities held...
July 2018

July 2018

Enjoy the July 2018 Edition (it’s packed!): Declaring Independence:  May 20, 1775 or July 4, 1776? Radical Presbyterianism:  Seeds of Revolution? The First and Last Men of the Revolution Feisty Females:  Women of the Revolution Overmountain Men, America’s...

Surname – Rainwater

There are several theories as to the origins of this surname, one source referring to it as a very rare surname.  Perhaps most plausible is the theory the name was brought to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066, since the English word “rain” was originally...

Surname – Rupe/Rupp/Roop

Today’s surname is a family name – my great grandmother Maude Hall was a Rupe.  She was quite a character (more on that later).  The name is mostly likely of Germanic origins although there are various theories as to its exact meaning and derivation: 4Crests: A...
Victorian Fashion:  Bicycles, Bloomers and Suffrage

Victorian Fashion: Bicycles, Bloomers and Suffrage

“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel…and away she goes, the...