The Brontë Sisters – Classic Victorian Tragedy

By | August 13th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The Brontë Sisters - the Early Days Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë were born between April, 1816 and January, 1820; middle children of Patrick Bronte and his wife, Maria. Each is remembered for literary accomplishments that might not have been fully recognized as such during their lifetimes, but continue to be enormously popular today. Charlotte is probably [...]

Harvey Girls – the Other Pioneers of the American West

By | August 10th, 2015|Categories: Old West, Pioneer Dress, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The Inspiration for the Harvey Girls As westward expansion spread across the United States, so followed the railroads. Passengers often spent days on board as they traveled west. A picnic basket might get one through the first day, but staying fed was an issue during the days of early passenger service. There were no coolers, [...]

First Female Buffalo Soldier

By | February 10th, 2015|Categories: Civil War, Old West, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , |

How did Cathay Williams become the first female Buffalo Soldier?   Overview   Although African Americans have served in every American war, it wasn't until 1866 that Congress passed legislation to create six all African American army units; two cavalry (9th and 10th regiments) and four infantry (38th, 39th, 40th, and 41st regiments). The infantry [...]