Monthly Archives: August 2015

SHAMELESS BOOK PLUG

Not related to history, as it’s futuristic, but my YA novel, Side Trip, has been just released by Books We Love and is available at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B014NE6X90 https://store.kobobooks.com/search?Query=Renee+Duke+Side+Trip It’s in e-book format, with a print version to come. The first three books in my Time Rose series, which are history-themed, will be released soon, too.

TRIVIA TRAIL: EIFFEL TOWER LANDMARK

Question: Something special happened at the Eiffel Tower on August 30th, 1993. What was it? Answer: It received its 150,000,000 millionth visitor! Not bad for a ‘temporary’ structure built for the World Fair held in Paris in 1889. And just for fun, check out: http://www.history.com/news/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-the-eiffel-tower

HISTORY SHARE: ANCIENT SCROLLS BLACKENED BY VESUVIUS NOW READABLE

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ancient-scrolls-blackened-vesuvius-are-readable-last-herculaneum-papyri-180953950/?utm_source=facebook.com&no-ist  

HISTORIC WORTH-A-VISIT SHARE: THE PNE

If you’re going to be in or around Vancouver, B.C., Canada towards the end of August, check out the exhibition that’s been held there since 1910. Now known as the Pacific Northwest Exhibition (PNE), it was originally called the Industrial Exhibition and was the second largest exhibition in North America after the New York State […]

HISTORIC MOVIE IDEAS FOR AUGUST

August’s historic viewing suggestions: Follow Me, Boys (Disney, 1966) (1930s-40s America) The Last Days Of Pompeii (1935) & (1984) (Ancient Rome) So Long At The Fair (1950) (1889 World Fair – also released as The Black Curse) The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming! (1966) (Cold War) The Summer Of My German Soldier (1978) […]

DON’T FORGET THE ‘STORY’

Here are some historic and/or August-born author book suggestions. Ages 3-7 The Mona Lisa Caper by Rick Jacobson (Early 20th Century) The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant (Family Gathering & Memories) When Lightning Comes In A Jar by Patricia Polacco (Family Gathering & Memories) Ages 7-9 Ben & Me by Robert Lawson (Colonial America) I […]

HISTORY LURE: FAMOUS STRUCTURES

If you have kids who like to build with LEGO®, K’NEX®, Tinkertoy®, or other construction toys, you might be able to spark an interest in history with a challenge to make a replica of something famous, the idea being that they might then be interested in knowing why it was famous. One possibility for this […]

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