Lessons From the Hardy Boys

I avidly read Hardy Boys books as a child, and I still use lessons I learned in the books. This article expounds on those lessons.


Posted in D. Books

18th-Century Ink Advice

This video on the Townsends site gives advice on the proper ink for quill pens.

Posted in History - 18th Century, Writing Materials

Boxing the Compass

I learned about the sixteen points of the compass in Boy Scouts, adding terms such as NNE and WSW to the eight I already knew — N, S, E, W, NE, SE, SW, and NW. The compass I learned in Scouts is the 16-point compass. A few years ago I learned the32-point compass, which further divides the 16-point. Now I learned that the 32-point can be divided into half and quarter points. Boxing the compass is the term for naming the 32 points both clockwise and counterclockwise. Wikipedia has a good explanation here:


Posted in Geography

Erie Maritime Museum

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The Erie Maritime Museum in Erie, Pa., is home to the reconstructed brig Niagara, famous for Commodore O.H. Perry’s defeat of the British near present-day Sandusky in the War of 1812. The museum has two floors of displays of lake history, and the Flagship Niagara League offers sails on the Niagara and the Lettie G. Howard. They also offer sailing training for adults and children. Tall ships will visit in late August.

The ships dock in Presque Isle Bay, formed by the Presque Isle peninsula that juts into Lake Erie.

See https://www.flagshipniagara.org/ for information about the museum, the ships, and the August event. We enjoyed an evening sail on the Lettie G., with passengers hauling lines and taking the wheel.

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Posted in History - Ohio

Fort Niagara

Guarding the mouth of the Niagara River at Lake Ontario, Fort Niagara, on the river’s east bank in the state of New York, is a restored fort (not reconstructed) that was built by the French in 1726 and used successively by British and United States soldiers. It offers daily tours and demonstrations, and the fort sponsors French and Indian War and Revolutionary War reenactments.


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Posted in History - 18th Century

Revolutionary War Movies

This article briefly reviews movies set in the Revolutionary War. Our colonial period seems to be neglected on film compared to the Civil War, the West (with shootings ad nauseum as if that is all they did out there in the late 1800s), World War II, and Victorian kings and queens.


Posted in History - 18th Century

Colonial Printery

This company sells reproductions of 18th-century books and blank books.


Posted in D. Books, History - 18th Century