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Review! To Stay Alive by Skila Brown

To Stay Alive: Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic Journey of the Donner Party

By Skila Brown

304 pages – ages 12+

Will be published by Candlewick on October 11, 2016… 302 more words


The Emigrants' Guide to Lansford Hastings

California was the “Promised Land” in the mythos of the American West.  In the mid-nineteenth century, reports of its beautiful open lands and precious metals captivated would-be settlers seeking prosperity and renewal.   1,339 more words


Brush-Up on Your History: History's Most Infamous Act of Mass Cannibalism

On February 19, 1847, the first rescue party reached 45 pioneers stuck in the snowy Sierra Nevada mountains of northeast California. They’d been stranded there with virtually no food or supplies for four months, and lost 36 companions, many of whom they ate in order to stay alive. 282 more words

Historical Study

Today in 1847: Donner Party rescued

Today in 1847, the first rescuers reach surviving members of the Donner Party, a group of California-bound emigrants stranded by snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. 238 more words



  • 197 – Emperor Septimius Severus defeats usurper Clodius Albinus in the Battle of Lugdunum, the bloodiest battle between Roman armies.
  • 356 – Emperor Constantius II issues a decree closing all pagan temples in the Roman Empire.
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Snow Day Must Mean Something Different Here

I want one fucking day without the kids around. Seriously, one fucking day. In my head it seems like the length of a Bible since they have been in school. 527 more words

Daily Thought

Our Northern California Getaway

After traveling the world for more than a year, it was great to stop and nest in northern California, Truckee to be specific. We found a home away from home in Stephen and Kathy’s Tahoe Donner house (thank you!), in a large community where many other Bay area residents come to spend summer weekends hiking and winter weekends skiing. 1,072 more words

Smell The Roses