Subject: Legends of America - March 2020 Newsletter

Women's History Month, Timelines, Hopewell Culture, Learning Opportunities and more!

Legends of America Newsletter - March 2020

In this newsletter:

  • Women's History Month

  • Timelines in American History

  • The Hopewell Culture

  • Learning Opportunities and much more!

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Our home on the Lake of the Ozarks

Ok, I'll admit, Kathy and I can't stay six feet away from each other. But where and how we live, social distancing is pretty easy. Since we work from home together and have since 2009, we've made it past the "adjustments" a lot of you are going through. So some advice from those of us with experience. Give each other some space when possible, don't hover over your spouse all the time, and understand stress affects us all differently.

I'm also finding that taking in news little bites at a time and curtailing some of my social media habits is helpful. It's a great time to reconnect with the family since the kids are at home in many places. Our granddaughter Havanah in Kansas has been messaging us her "tik tok's", a little too much, but its wonderful keeping in touch.

Kathy started going over alternatives to toilet paper and mentioned the fact pioneers used leaves. I nixed that right away knowing how much poison oak and ivy I've found around here. The thought of it makes me squirm. We're fine though since it's just the two of us, and we have plenty of beans, cornbread, and peanut butter to survive on. We've been doing that for months anyway, along with our current addiction to Farm Rich breaded cheese sticks dipped in Prego garlic and herb spaghetti sauce. Unfortunately, the Prego is like the paper products at the store right now, out of stock.

Check on your neighbors, lend a helping hand or a supporting word, and for goodness sake, wash your hands! We both pray this newsletter finds you well and safe.

Dave "Not on my bum!" Alexander

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American History

History Map

American History Timelines – We’re making it easier to find our various timelines of important events with a new menu page for those already published, along with some new ones.

Mormon Polygamy – Polygamy was practiced by leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) for more than half of the 19th century in semi-secrecy and practiced publicly from 1852 to 1890 by up to 30 percent of church families.

Influenza Pandemic of 1918 – The 1918 influenza pandemic was the deadliest pandemic in recent history. Referred to as the Spanish Flu, it resulted in the deaths of millions worldwide.

Mobster Dutch Schultz & His Hidden Treasure – Dutch Schultz was a New York City-area mobster of the 1920s and 1930s who made a fortune in criminal activities.


Central Beach at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore by the National Park Service

Indiana Dunes National Park – Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, now a National Park, stretches along the southern shore of Lake Michigan and offers an incredible diversity of habitats.

Chesapeake Bay National Park – The Chesapeake Bay watershed, stretching from Cooperstown, New York, to Norfolk, Virginia includes parts of six states and is the nation’s largest estuary.

Native America

Hopewell Mounds Ohio

Hopewell Culture of Native Americans – The Hopewell culture, also called the Hopewell tradition, is an archeological era of Native Americans that flourished along rivers from the Atlantic Ocean to the eastern Great Plains, and from the Great Lakes region to the Gulf of Mexico.

Bear River Massacre, Idaho – The Bear River Massacre was an attack on a Shoshone encampment by the United States Army that occurred near present-day Preston, Idaho in January 1863.

Hollow Horn Bear – Hollow Horn Bear was a Brule Lakota leader who fought in many of the battles of the Sioux Wars, including the Battle of Little Big Horn.

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Did You Know?

Corsets were developed in the 16th century as a means of rearranging a woman’s natural body into a shape considered more attractive and fashionable, generally some variation on an inverted cone or an hourglass. They reached their greatest popularity in the latter half of the 19th century when they were used to sculpt unnaturally tiny waistlines in women of all sizes and shapes.

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March is Women's History Month

Group of Women in New York City, 1909

Limited in their legal rights and accepted customs of society at the time, women mostly honored their husbands’ demands and spent their time cooking meals, tending to children, watering the horses and taking care of the household chores.

But, that was not always the case. There are hundreds of women who stand out in American History due to their strong characters, contributions to society, or plain old interesting personalities. From the hardy pioneers who crossed the vast prairies and mountains heading westward, to nurses, abolitionists, stagecoach drivers, and even a few doctors and soldiers, you’ll find just some of their stories here.

Women in American History

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"Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel." –Socrates

Learning Opportunities from Legends Of America

Check out our new Learning Opportunities page for quick links to start your learning adventure on Legends of America. It also includes links to other educational resources beyond our website.


Fort Dodge, Iowa – Fort Museum and Frontier Village

Fort Dodge, Iowa

Today, the reconstructed Fort Museum and Frontier Village is a full-scale recreation of a military outpost on the prairie from the 19th century and also features a reconstructed village from the same time period.

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Popular Stories on Facebook

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Folsom New Mexico

Folsom, New Mexico – High Plains Ghost Town - Now a semi-ghost town, Folsom, New Mexico, in Union County, has a rich history of outlaws, floods and dinosaur bones.

Quanah Parker

Quanah Parker – Last Chief of the Comanche - February 11, 1923, would mark the passing of the last Comanche Chief, Quanah Parker, a major resistor to white settlers, as well as a leader in the tribe’s adjustment to reservation life.

Carrie, Mary and Laura Ingalls, 1879

Laura Ingalls Wilder - Her childhood in the Old West would become the basis for a book series still celebrated today, called the "Little House" books.

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