American History in Real LifeMovies in the past have often shown characters that were touched by historical events. Yet sometimes, the truth is often more fantastic than anything Hollywood can devise. These stories of real people show how the events of the past touched their lives. Some times the stories are dramatic, sometimes simple, but all in all they weave a tapesty of the richness of the American experience.
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Category Archives: Virginia History
For many years we wanted to go to Jamestown Island. Jamestown Island today is a relatively well-manicured park where tourists can visit the remains of the original settlement. Yet, if one looks behind the reconstructed area, the essential wildness of … Continue reading
Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: “Nobody’s walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We’re all in this together.” In 1989 my mother came to visit with us for 6 weeks (that’s 42 … Continue reading
William Norvell (born ca. 1725 -died November 22, 1802) was a member of the Virginia Convention of 1776. He was a prominent man and a signer of three issues of Virginia money. He was honored by his appointment as a … Continue reading
My great grandmother Mary Dean Redfield Norvell’s family came from New England whereas her husband Colonel Freeman Norvell’s family were from Virginia. As such, when you have ancestors from both the north and south, you are often curious how they celebrated major holidays … Continue reading