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 […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Autry Museum
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 […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Minstrel and impresario Thomas Brigham Bishop entertained troops and residents in the strategic hub of Chattanooga, Tennessee in the fall of 1863. It was here that he was inspired to write, “Shew Fly, Don’t Bodder Me,” allegedly because of something said by a black volunteer for the Union. While Bishop eventually drew thousands for his […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The founder of Success Magazine was a failure. At least, he was for periods of time during the first half of his life. Orison Swett Marden was born to humble and poor parents in the mid-1800s, and lost both parents by the time he was 8 years old. In poor health, Marden worked hard at abusive foster […]Continue Reading... No Comments.