History Connections

This blog is all about finding ways to connect to Western history for fun and research. This will be an ongoing list of ways to reach out and touch the past. I wonder where it will take us. Here goes …

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Hearth Cooking

Ways to connect with (Western) history:

  • Visit a ghost town
  • Visit a cemetery
  • Study your family’s genealogy
  • Read “Now You Know Bios”!
  • Wear period clothing for a special occasion
  • Wear Western clothing, cowboy boots and hat, anytime!
  • Watch a Western or historical movie
  • Visit a history museum
  • Google an outlaw
  • Read a Western magazine
  • Shop for antiques
  • Decorate a room with antiques
  • Visit a National Park
  • Stay in a historic hotel
  • Go to an old West saloon and sit at the bar
  • Ride a horse, pet a mule
  • Sing “Red River Valley”
  • Play a Willie Nelson CD
  • Put on Merle and Hank – Sr.  not Jr.!
  • Go hiking in the mountains
  • Have a picnic by a river
  • Bring your gold pan and pan for riches
  • Photograph all things historical – for posterity
  • Ride a train, watch trains, find a steam engine
  • Ask a senior questions about the past
  • Plan a traditional holiday
  • Organize old photographs
  • Knit, sew, whittle, carve, find your craft
  • Grill some bar-b-q with baked beans
  • Cook in an iron skillet — every day
  • Better yet, cook on a wood stove, or campfire!
  • Use quaint expressions like “howdy” and “much obliged”
  • Write letters — on real paper with a pen
  • Use candles for  light
  • Research your favorite pioneer
  • Vacation at a dude ranch
  • Restore something old
  • Watch an enactment, or be in it!
  • Go to Texas, or Wyoming, or Montana
  • If you are in those places, go to Colorado!

Reading List:

  • “Now You Know Bios”, of course!
  • Anything by Women Writing the West
  • Lonesome Dove – Larry McMurtry
  • Margaret Coel Wind River mysteries
  • Anything by Sandra Dallas — it’s all good!
  • Tony Hillerman mysteries, and Anne Hillerman
  • Craig Johnson – Longmire series
  • The Virginian – Owen Wister
  • True Grit – Charles Portis
  • The Brave Cowboy (Lonely Are the Brave)
  • Elmer Kelton books
  • Tough Trip Through Paradise – Garcia
  • A Lady’s Life In the Rocky Mountains – Isabella Bird
  • My Antonia – Willa Cather
  • Smoky the Cowhorse – Will James
  • Louis L’ Amour
  • Zane Grey
  • Shane – Jack Schaeffer

Okay, how about movies —

  • Jeremiah Johnson – yeah!
  • Tombstone
  • The Alamo
  • True Grit
  • Giant
  • Hud
  • The Searchers
  • Lonesome Dove (mini-series)
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  • Somewhere In Time
  • How the West Was Won
  • Paint Your Wagon
  • The Magnificent Seven
  • Lonely Are the Brave (bring your hanky)
  • Gone With the Wind – not Western, but best movie ever!

What have I forgotten?

Enjoy — Joyce Lohse


3 responses to “History Connections

  1. Jennifer L. Roy

    September 23, 2009 at 12:02 am

    I am sending you this e-mail for a couple reasons…
    The main one being; I have a photo album given to me when I was very young, (I just turned 35), from my Great Aunt Vivian Blanchard. I know that the Blanchard last name was a predominate one in Denver many years ago. In this album, so far I have found two “In Loving Memory Of” cards. Apparently in the late 1800’s they were on cardboard, instead of using just paper. Definitely a different level of respect back then.
    I have been trying to research the photographers; one I did locate W.O. Luke taken in Leadville, CO.

    The first name I have is:
    Laura E. Ingling – Born May 18, 1880 – Died February 20, 1897 – Age, 16 years 9 months 2 days.
    Clara E. Ingling – Born May 18, 1880 – Died October 17, 1893 – Age, 13 years 4 months 30 days.

    If there is a need for authenticity, please let me know.

    This is more of an inquiry for some sort of direction; not so much a comment. I have sent this statement to a couple different e-mails linked to the Como Cemetery, Leadville Colorado; No response. I would appreciate if you could help, or acknowledge that you can not. I have the feeling you can. Thank you for your time. Jennifer

    • joyce4books

      September 23, 2009 at 8:21 am

      Hello Jennifer — Thank you for your interesting message. Any information you gather about your Great Aunt’s album will enhance its value and your enjoyment of its contents. Sometimes the answers you seek are close to home. Ask family members about it. Also, do not tamper with the contents of the album except when necessary. The contents then retain their context in relation to their original placement in the album.

      You do not mention your purpose for attempting to “authenticate” the contents. I suggest you share the album with family and friends, save it, and enjoy it for its connection to the past and as a family heirloom.

      Hope that helps — Joyce

    • Denise

      April 28, 2010 at 11:32 am

      Hi Jennifer. Came across your post and found that the two girls that you mentioned were the twins of Louis Franklin and Mary Elizabeth (Mains) Ingling. They are a part of my family tree. Any info you can share or photos you can scan and send would be much appreciated. Also, if I can help you out with info on the Ingling family name please feel free to ask.


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