Home…connecting with history
The primary objective of this website/blog is to share some of what I learned about finding and piecing together stories represented by old letters, photographs, journals, diaries, postcards, and scrapbooks–and the altogether different–but related–process of marketing my book.
Explore several facets of the research process. Click on any image to see a larger version. On the following pages, links to relevant websites are highlighted in bright blue; just click to open in a new tab.
The section “Outside edges and corner pieces” includes:
- Outside edges and corner pieces Please tell me about your adventures in research in the “Leave a reply” section at the bottom of this page.
- Archival riches and indispensable libraries
- A sense of place and time
- What were they thinking?
The section “About” includes:
- About the book
- Where to find the book (!)
- Comments from readers (If you have read the book, please let me know how you liked it in the “Leave a reply” section on this page.)
- About the author
Finally, the page Setting the stage is for readers of the book who like to examine maps and diagrams in more detail.
How do I know? John saved dozens of letters from family members, friends, and railroad associates, 1861 playbills from three Toronto theaters, a couple of Civil War commendations, copies of Proceedings from annual meetings of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, and a few newspaper clippings. Are old papers lurking in your attic?
I didn’t find John Henry’s collection until a century after he died. Immediately captivated, I spent years following John, his family, friends, and railroad associates through archives, libraries, battlefields, maritime museums, railroad museums, and internet searches to discover and write the full story.
I re-learned Canadian and US history from 1840 to 1900 from a completely new and exciting perspective: through the eyes of a Michigan railroad engineer and an Albany, NY policeman. Reflections of a Civil War Locomotive Engineer: a ghost-written memoir, is now available as a trade paper-back and an e-book. (Go to: Where to Find The Book.)