Autry Museum

I will be speaking at the Autry Museum on July 30th with a book signing to follow. Lillian Frances Smith was Annie Oakley’s chief rival, a professional sharpshooter with top billing in Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West before she reached her teens. Author Julia Bricklin explores the talents that made Smith a star and peels away the […]


The Colonial Public Lottery

Lotteries were nothing new to Britain’s North American colonies in the mid-1700s, but the Sandy Hook lighthouse fundraiserwas significant for two reasons. The enormity of it—three drawings over roughly three years—required newspapers, colonial managers and royal administrators to work more closely together than ever before. Also, it’s success was one of the main catalysts for Britain to […]