History Day Trips: Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park


Happy Juneteenth! To celebrate the emancipation of my ancestors, here’s a bit of history on a site in California most people have never heard of: Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. Why? Because I’m a history nerd, that’s why.

Before you go any further, however, I highly recommend reading this detailed biography of Allensworth and history of the town.

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New Young Adult Speculative Fiction June 2019


I come bearing gifts of great reading! Here’s a comprehensive guide to young adult speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror) being published in June 2019. Up first is a short list of the books I highly recommend, followed by a long list of basically every book being published. Did I miss something? Let me know in the comments.

Get your library cards and indie bookstore pre-orders ready, y’all.

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History Day Trips: Charleston, South Carolina


Until March 2017, I knew next to nothing about Charleston except a few historical tidbits. I understood its role in the slave trade, but it was more general information than emotional pull. While visiting relatives in the region, I had the chance to spend a few days in the nearly 350-year-old city (and traditional land of the Kiawah, Edisto Natchez-Kusso Tribe, and Etiwan Tribe of the Wassamasaw Indian Nation) and it blew my mind.

What follows are some photos and some historical information about several sites in Charleston. Why? Because I’m a history nerd, that’s why.

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