June 6, 1844: The first YMCA was founded in London, England.
June 7, 1866: Death of Chief Seattle <http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/chief-seattle-dies-near-the-city-named-for-him>
June 12, 1898: Philippine independence from Spain declared.
June 20, 1837: King William IV passes away, leaving his niece Victoria to become Queen of England.
Image source for William IV and a timeline of his reign: <http://www.britroyals.com/kings.asp?id=william4>
Image source for Victoria and a timeline of her reign:
June 20, 1887: Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee
June 20, 1897: Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee
June 25, 1876: Alexander Graham Bell demonstrates his telephonic apparatus at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition
June 27, 1880: Happy birthday, Helen Keller! An article about Helen's visit to the Chicago Exposition in 1893: <https://tinyurl.com/ybdxsktu>
June 28, 1838: Victoria crowned queen of England
Portrait by Sir George Hayter
June 30, 1859: Aerialist Charles Blondin (Jean François Gravelet) crosses Niagara Falls on a hemp cable more than a thousand feet long. Sources: Linda Simon, The Greatest Shows on Earth, pp. 121, 122., <https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-daredevil-of-niagara-falls-110492884/>
Special Days in June
June 12th: National Red Rose day
"Many ages ago Anacreon sang the praises of the Rose. He calls it "the most beautiful of flowers," "the delight of the gods," the favorite of the Muses," and since that time it has been denominated the Queen of Flowers." —Shaw, Henry, "The Rose: Historical and Descriptive." R.P. Studley & Co.: St. Louis. 1882, p. 4.
June 21st: Summer Solstice
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In a seaport town in the late 19th-century Pacific Northwest, a group of friends find themselves drawn together —by chance, by love, and by the marvelous changes their world is undergoing. In the process, they learn that the family we choose can be just as important as the ones we're born into. Join their adventures in
The Tales of Chetzemoka
A Trip and a Tumble
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Time for a vacation —step right up! When Felix's newspaper sends him up to Victoria, B.C. to report on a visiting circus Ken inevitably tags along, "like a dutiful puppy", as Addie says. Meanwhile, Jacob's sent north to Victoria as well, as an ambassador for the cycling company he represents. Addie tells him to keep an eye on the chums, but no one ever could keep Ken and Felix from stumbling into scrapes. When a vivacious high-society belle and a surprisingly timid circus bicyclist enter the picture, things heat up quickly. Be prepared for a grand circus pageant —let the show begin!
Author: Sarah A. Chrisman
(Known around Port Townsend as "The Victorian Lady"