Free Book Friday: Mother’s Day Edition

Free Book Friday: Mother’s Day Edition

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“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” —George Washington Despite Anna Jarvis’ efforts to abolish the holiday she founded, this Sunday will mark 100 years since Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother’s [...]

Texas Adoption Activist Edna Gladney

Texas Adoption Activist Edna Gladney

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Guest post by Sherrie McLeRoy Preface: In 1941, Greer Garson earned an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of Fort Worth’s Edna Gladney in Blossoms in the Dust. All eyes turned toward the small yet mighty Gladney and her fight for children’s rights and adoption reform. Born in 1886, Edna Gladney was labeled as “illegitimate” from birth [...]

Wicked Women of New Mexico

Wicked Women of New Mexico

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Guest blog post by Donna Blake Birchell New Mexico Territory attracted outlaws and desperados as its remote locations guaranteed non-detection while providing opportunists the perfect setting in which to seize wealth. Many wicked women on the run from their pasts headed there seeking new starts before and after 1912 statehood. Colorful characters such as Bronco Sue, [...]

New Orleans Carnival Krewes

New Orleans Carnival Krewes

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Guest blog post by Rosary O’Neill My recently released book, New Orleans Carnival Krewes: The History, Spirit and Secrets of Mardi Gras (February 2014), required several years of full-time research. I spent those years researching the secret workings of the oldest and most exclusive Carnival Clubs, a story you don’t read about in the list of [...]

March is Beer Book Month: Enter to Win THP’s New Beer Book Sweepstakes

March is Beer Book Month: Enter to Win THP’s New Beer Book Sweepstakes

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“A quart of Ale is a dish for a king.” —William Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale The 2013 publishing year brought many notable History Press beer titles, including Maine Beer, Montana Beer, Atlanta Beer, Austin Beer, Charlotte Beer, Ann Arbor Beer and Portland Beer (view the full list of History Press beer books here). When Shelf Awareness brought Beer Book Month to the table, [...]

Sarah Rosetta Wakeman: No Ordinary Civil War Soldier in Washington, DC

Sarah Rosetta Wakeman: No Ordinary Civil War Soldier in Washington, DC

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Guest blog post by Canden Schwantes Many women at the outbreak of the Civil War did not know how to support their favored side. The roles of women at the time were limited, and few of them included direct involvement in the war. Though the true number is likely much higher, we know of at least [...]

Eventful: Snapshots of History Press Authors in the Community

Eventful: Snapshots of History Press Authors in the Community

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We’re excited about our authors’ appearances in communities across the nation, and their book talks as educational, cultural and historical touchstones. Check out the 2014 events calendar here for upcoming talks and signings near you! THP authors: please continue to share your photos with us as the year unfolds. [Show slideshow] 12►  

Black History Month: Recommended Reading List from History Press

Black History Month: Recommended Reading List from History Press

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According to the Publisher’s Weekly article, Educate Yourself for Black History Month: “Black History Month should mean more than paying lip service to a handful of notable historical figures; we should actually be educating ourselves on the real struggles of Black Americans, the hidden histories of events we may only know in passing, and the [...]

How I Uncovered the Complex Tale of the Killing of Quaker John Sharpless

How I Uncovered the Complex Tale of the Killing of Quaker John Sharpless

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By guest blogger, author and Pennsylvania researcher, Stephanie Hoover Originally posted in May 2013 by the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania One of my fondest memories of elementary school is the “audio visual cart.” Basically a metal shelving unit on wheels, it typically held a record player on the bottom, a slide carousel in the middle, and on [...]

Sneak Peek of Kentucky Sweets by Author Sarah C. Baird (Free Book Excerpt!)

Sneak Peek of Kentucky Sweets by Author Sarah C. Baird (Free Book Excerpt!)

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Today’s giveaway features a mouthwatering sneak peek of Kentucky Sweets: Bourbon Balls, Spoonbread & Mile High Pie by Sarah C. Baird. To all of our Kentuckian readers: February 8 has been declared “Kentucky Sweets Day,” with participation from a number of local bakeries in Lexington, Kentucky–so mark your calendars! About the book: Kentuckians from frontiersmen to [...]