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 …
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 candle 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!
- “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
- Gone With the Wind – not Western, but best book ever!
- The Virginian – Owen Wister
- The Brave Cowboy (Lonely Are the Brave)
- Elmer Kelton books
- Tough Trip Through Paradise – Garcia
- A Lady’s Life In the Rocky Mountains – Bird
Okay, how about movies —
- Jeremiah Johnson – yeah!
- The Alamo
- True Grit
- The Searchers
- Lonesome Dove (mini-series)
- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
- Somewhere In Time
- City Slickers
- 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?
What would you add to the lists??
Enjoy — Joyce Lohse