Remembering Harriet Tubman and her courageousness. It only takes one person to make a difference. #BlackHistoryMonth

Happy Birthday, Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder was born today in 1867. As a child, I spent many hours reading her books and watched every episode of Little House on the Prairie. What a truly gifted writer she was and I am so glad that she shared her magnificent stories with us. If you are ever in Mansfield, MO – stop by and visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum

                                                                                (South Dakota State Historical Society Press)

Today in American History…Nancy Hanks Lincoln was born in 1784

Not much is known of Nancy Hanks Lincoln except for the most important aspect: she was Abraham Lincoln’s mother. There aren’t any pictures of her – only a depiction (made into a painting by Lloyd Ostendorf, February 12, 1963)

Image of Nancy Hanks Lincoln is courtesy of Lincoln Boyhood National Museum

We do know that she was a warm, caring mother and that her son, Abraham Lincoln, loved her very much. He was only nine years old when his mother died of milk sickness on October 5, 1818. 

Throughout his life, he recalled the love of his mother and once said, “I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”

William Herndon, Law partner with Abraham Lincoln and a close confidante, later wrote a book, Life of Lincoln, and described Nancy Hanks Lincoln most likely from Lincoln’s memories of his mother and those who knew her:

She was above the ordinary height in stature, weighed about 130 pounds, was slenderly built, and had much the appearance of one inclined to consumption. Her skin was dark; hair dark brown; eyes gray and small; forehead prominent; face sharp and angular, with a marked expression for melancholy which fixed itself in the memory of all who ever saw or knew her. Though her life was clouded by a spirit of sadness, she was in disposition amiable and generally cheerful.

February is Black History Month

February is Black History Month and I thought how fitting it would be to highlight the life of Frederick Douglass. Mr. Douglass was born into slavery in February 1818. He escaped slavery to become a prominent author, abolitionist and statesman. If you are ever in Washington, DC please stop by the home of Mr. Douglass – what a remarkable life he led!

Happy 90th Wedding Anniversary to my Grandparents

These two people were not famous political leaders and didn’t do much to make their marks in history books…but to me…they are two of the most important and influential people in my life: My grandparents.

Today in history…Mario and Mary Marini were married in 1930 in a small town in Pennsylvania. My grandmother was born in the US to Italian/Austrian immigrants and my Grandfather was born in a small town near Florence in Italy. He stowed away to America (illegally!) as a young boy on a ship because he believed America was the land of bountiful opportunities. My grandparents met in a Speak-Easy and my great-grandfather was not thrilled with his daughters adoration for this tough Italian immigrant with gold teeth and tattoos. They fell in love, got married and well…the rest is history.

Here they are on their wedding day 90 years ago. Young and blissfully in love.

Happy anniversary Grandma and Grandpa! Much love to you in heaven.