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Exploring the ‘treeless land’ with Jolliet and Marquette

This year, Illinois will celebrate it’s Bicentennial. In December 1818, the U.S. Congress formally approved establishing the State of Illinois. And with its change in status from territory to state, Illinois was finally allowed to send two senators and a representative to represent the state’s people and their interests at the national capitol. 1,062 more words

People In History

Review: My True and Complete Adventure as a Wannabe Voyageur

*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

Title: My True and Complete Adventure as a Wannabe Voyageur

Author: Phyllis Rudin…

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Early trade in Beverwyck/Albany

While I can’t really go back much further up the family tree with our Brooks of Albany, New York, I have been able to learn interesting things about John Brooks’ probable mother’s line, the Wendells. 811 more words


Mt Robson to Furs

Mt Robson to a Real Fur Trade Post

This story is about the very foundation of the country of Canada.  We visited an actual fur trading post with buildings dating from the 19th century.  3,512 more words


Two inscribed tally sticks from Novgorod.

Tally sticks are notched and split sticks that record an amount paid, owed, done or collected, and are known from many finds in Russia as well as in western Europe. 152 more words


Winter Storm Reading

Looks like we have quite the winter storm in the forecast here today, calling for lots of high winds and snow – because we do not have enough of the stuff on the ground already. 236 more words

Are You Wearing a Dead Animal Around Your Neck?!

Winter is here which means the high street is filling up with fur trimmed coats, bobble hats and other items with supposedly faux fur additions. Unfortunately, a lot of these items are coming from factories in China and other countries where there are less regulations regarding animal welfare and the use of fur products. 464 more words