Monthly Archives: October 2018

The Saga of Two-Gun Nan — part 2

Nan Aspinwall, the “Montana Girl,” was not raised on a ranch in Montana. She was born in New York state in 1880 and as a small child moved with her parents to Liberty, Nebraska, where her father was a storekeeper. … Continue reading

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The Saga of Two-Gun Nan

Here is the tale of a long-forgotten publicity stunt that gave Nan Aspinwall national attention as the first woman to cross the North American continent on horseback in 1910. Billed as “The Montana Girl” on the vaudeville circuit, Nan was … Continue reading

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New Book News

My new picture book biography of Peter Lassen is getting closer to complettion. Everything is in the hands (and computer) of my friendly neighborhood graphic designer, Carla Resnick. Pretty soon it will be off to the printer and then a … Continue reading

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The Troubled Life of Peter Burnett

How many of us can name the first governor of California? Well, now you can. He was Peter Burnett, Oregon pioneer, Oregon’s first supreme court judge, trailblazer to California, and first governor of the Golden State. He was handsome, ambitious, … Continue reading

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A Letter Found in a Book

People use all kinds of things for bookmarks, just ask any librarian. Today I was given the first page of a letter, written in 1900, that was used as a bookmark in antique book on learning Greek. The library staff … Continue reading

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New Book Coming!

By December (if all goes well — I have my fingers crossed) I will have a new book out in the Golden State Biographies series for young readers. The new book will be about Peter Lassen, the enterprising immigrant from … Continue reading

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