Plantation Visit #3 – The Berkeley Plantation – Charles City, Virginia


I am so excited to introduce you to the Berkeley Plantation.  This is a history rich site that sits proudly on the James River in Charles City, Virginia.  Berkeley is, both, a Virginia State and National Landmark.  I hope my pictures will provide you with enough evidence that this is probably the most beautiful location … More Plantation Visit #3 – The Berkeley Plantation – Charles City, Virginia

A Detour to Honor the Past: The Civil Rights Memorials


A few years ago, I had the opportunity to travel from San Diego, California to Raleigh, North Carolina.  I was not on vacation, but rather, I was helping my friend, Jennifer, move east to attend Grad School at North Carolina State University.  When we began our journey across the country, we wanted to take a … More A Detour to Honor the Past: The Civil Rights Memorials

The Hermitage: President Andrew Jackson’s Home, Nashville, Tennessee


One of the best ideas I ever had was to make themes for my travels. I have four or five themes, but this particular trip falls under visiting all of our President’s homes and/or libraries. I have been blessed to have visited several over the past few years and I wish I had taken more … More The Hermitage: President Andrew Jackson’s Home, Nashville, Tennessee

Traveling to Historic Sites and Museums – The Truth Meter


I, like so many of us, spent most of my childhood visiting historic places of interest during field trips in school. I grew up in San Diego so there were many cool places to tour right in my backyard. As I grew older, I visited the Missions, Balboa Park, Cabrillo National Monument, and many other … More Traveling to Historic Sites and Museums – The Truth Meter

The Unmasking of George Washington in Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge (2017) (Book Review)


Finding Phibby (see blog from July, 2011) changed my entire life as it relates to my desire to study history.  I have read about many enslaved people who ran away from their enslavers, but none have had the same impact on me as Phibby. For the first time, ever, I found someone and that someone became … More The Unmasking of George Washington in Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge (2017) (Book Review)

Stagville Plantation: A Must Visit Destination


If you’re ever in the Raleigh/Durham area, you should visit the Stagville Plantation Home and Slave Cabins. There is considerable history worth exploring, such as a slave street, complete with 4 or 5 multi “family” slave cabins and a huge barn built by enslaved men, assembled and the beams joined together by an African system … More Stagville Plantation: A Must Visit Destination

From Slavery to Present Day: The Evolution of African Americans in Advertising


Advertising, in one form or another, has been around since the beginning of civilization. There is no way to know when it actually began, but one can argue advertising was set in motion when that first merchant selling his goods, at the first market, placed a sign on his merchandise to inform buyers of the … More From Slavery to Present Day: The Evolution of African Americans in Advertising

An Historical Myth: Julia as a Groundbreaking Television Show


The television show “Julia” was my very first favorite show. I was almost five years old when the program first aired on tv and when I headed to first grade….well, of course I carried my “Julia” lunchbox with great pride. I had no idea that some 35 plus years later I would be asked to … More An Historical Myth: Julia as a Groundbreaking Television Show