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Volume 1, Issue 11, November 21, 2016
Happy Thanksgiving
A lot has happened this month. In light of the 2016 presidential election, I have chosen one historic place that represents the melting pot of immigrants that make up America--the dreams, hopes, and setbacks of those who came to our shores for a better life. The other historic place featured in this issue represents early American history including a 19th-century Thanksgiving feast.
My young adult novel, The Unicorn Tree, is now on the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) 2016 Winter Reading List, released earlier this month. The link provided below is for the mid-South section, where my book is listed under grades 9-12. There is also Information below about an upcoming author event.

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The Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty has been overlooking New York Harbor since 1886. Designed by Auguste Bartholdi, the monument was a gift from France to the United States in honor of the friendship between the two countries and the first 100 years of America's independence. Since then, she has been a symbol of freedom, hope, and welcoming those from distant shores who have come to this country for a better life. Through good times and bad, she has remained a constant presence and is visited by millions of people every year.

Statue of LibertyThe poem at the base is by Emma Lazarus, who worked with refugees on Ward's Island. She wrote "The New Colossus" in 1873 to help raise money for the construction of the pedestal. The poem's words were inspired by the stories she heard from immigrants and what coming to America meant to them. It was published by Joseph Pulitzer. Lazarus died four years after she had written it.

The statue is located on Liberty Island. The island, formerly known as Bedloe's Island, it is accessible only by ferry. Inside the base is a museum that details the issues and progress of the monument's construction. There are guided tours of the island given by park rangers, and self-guided audio tours. The Statue of Liberty National Monument is part of the National Park Service and includes nearby Ellis Island, where millions of immigrants entered the U.S.  More information is available on its website.

Old Sturbridge Village
In 1946, an outdoor history museum opened in Sturbridge, MA, depicting a New England village from the 1830s. Historic buildings from various New England locations had been moved to this village and restored. The museum included homes, a school, church, blacksmith shop, country store, bank, and all the other shops found in a typical 19th-century village. Historians in period clothing did not just talk about their character's role but demonstrated their expertise. 

Thanksgiving at Old Sturbridge VillageOld Sturbridge Village today encompasses more than 200 acres, showing how villages were self-sufficient. The village is made up of typical stores and offices found in a 19th-century community as well as farms and specialty shops on the outskirts, followed by water-powered mills for wood-cutting, preparing wool, and grinding grain. It is a step back in time where visitors are encouraged to participate ranging from helping out at the farm to making crafts.

One of the popular special events is how Thanksgiving was celebrated in the 1830s. Visitors have the opportunity to see holiday traditions of the time period and watch food being prepared over an open hearth. The day also includes Native American traditions and food. A full list of the Thanksgiving Day schedule is available here.

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Upcoming Event...

Book Signing

Dec 3: Author Open House and Book Signing - 10:00 - 2:00 - Columbia Public Library - Columbia, MO.

The Unicorn Tree
The Unicorn Tree by Cynthia Collins

A teenage girl whose brother is lost at sea –

The diary of a nineteenth-century woman –

And the special place that binds them…

For reviews, excerpts, and summary, see

The Unicorn Tree is listed on the 2016 Winter Reading List of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators  (SCBWI) under grades 9-12.

Ghost story and maritime adventure...
Available at
Photo credit: The Statue of Liberty and the Statue of Liberty aerial view: courtesy of NPS. Thanksgiving at Old Sturbridge Village: courtesy of Old Sturbridge Village.

All articles in this newsletter are by Cynthia Collins. The featured historic site section contains general information. The other articles may not be reprinted without written permission. Subscriber lists are not sold or given to any third parties and historic sites are not charged for being featured. To suggest historic sites for future issues, request article reprint permission, or any comments/questions regarding this newsletter, please contact Cynthia Collins.
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