A couple of interesting Lincoln views

One of the perks of being a history geek is having some interesting old things. A piece I wrote about Mount Rushmore yesterday triggered a memory of an old issue of American HeritageĀ from 1977. At about the same timeĀ Star Wars was redefining the movies forever, the self-proclaimed “Magazine of History” ran a story about theContinue reading “A couple of interesting Lincoln views”

South Dakota, you didn’t build that!

South Dakota has one of the most unique tourist attractions in the U.S.A. And they ruthlessly use it to sell their state, too. Simply put, South Dakota’s tourism depends on Mount Rushmore. There are lots of other interesting things there, like the Badlands and Jewel Cave, the Black Hills and Wind Cave, and other sitesContinue reading “South Dakota, you didn’t build that!”

Becoming Lincoln

Election fatigue is setting in, after all of these months of campaigning. And it’s true that I want the election to end quickly, but I think that there might be a post-election fight, just like there was in 2000 when George W. Bush was awarded the presidency by the Supreme Court. I very much hopeContinue reading “Becoming Lincoln”

It ain’t no sin to be glad you’re alive

My family and I ended our summer vacation with a week in South Dakota. Everyone associates the state with Mount Rushmore, but there’s other things to do there as well. One of my favorites, and a place that isn’t like any other I’ve ever seen, is the Badlands. It’s about an hour east of MountContinue reading “It ain’t no sin to be glad you’re alive”