Water Sports, Card Games & Airplane Letters

This Memorial Day weekend, I remember remember long summer days in my childhood—we swam and waterskied until we were exhausted, then played cutthroat card games in the afternoons and evenings. My family rented a cabin on Coeur d’Alene Lake in northern Idaho for several summers, beginning when I was thirteen or fourteen. We split the …

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Elizabeth Markham: One Woman’s Perspective on the Oregon Trail and on Matrimony

As I write about pioneers in the American West, I think a lot about women’s perspectives on leaving their homes and setting off on the journey along the Oregon Trail. On my blog, I’ve written about specific women—Narcissa Whitman, Jessie Benton Fremont, Elizabeth Dixon Smith, Keturah Belknap, and others—and quoted some of their words, but these posts don’t …

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