March 1, 1841: Happy birthday, Blanche Kelso Bruce!
March 12, 1836: Happy birthday, Isabella Beeton! Mrs. Beeton was arguably the most famous and influential housekeeper of the whole Victorian era. Her Book of Household Management inspired generations of women throughout the 19th-century and into the 21st. <www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/beeton_mrs.shtml>
March 12, 1838: Happy birthday William Perkin, inventor of the first artificial dye! Thank you for making our world a whole lot more colorful!
March 17, 1853 Isaac I. Stevens appointed first territorial governor of Washington.
March 23, 1865: Happy birthday, Paul Leicester Ford! Ford wrote one of my favorite books, The Story of an Untold Love, a beautifully poetic romance. It is the story of a brilliant, but poor, young author in love with an heiress he has known since they were children together. When he learns that his own father embezzled a significant portion of her fortune, then lost it, he devotes his whole life to repaying her and earning her trust.
March 28, 1884: The U.S. House of Representatives passes a bill validating the case of Sarah E. Seelye, officially acknowledging her service to the Union army during the Civil War. She had posed as a man and served in the army with distinction; she would later be granted a veteran's pension and a bonus. She recorded and published her experiences in her book, Nurse and Spy in the Union Army. A digital copy of her book is available at <https://tinyurl.com/y8xmblvq>
March 30, 1867: The United States purchases Alaska from Russia. <https://history.state.gov/milestones/1866-1898/alaska-purchase> This purchase acquired the U.S. the rights to the extremely valuable abundance of furs in Alaska. (It also gave us access to walrus ivory and whaling rights in Alaskan waters.) Read an 1892 article from The Cosmopolitan magazine about Alaska's fur seal rookeries and the obligation to properly manage this resource: <https://tinyurl.com/ya4sc33r>
March 31, 1833: Happy birthday Gail Hamilton (Mary Abigail Dodge)! Author of Twelve Miles From A Lemon (a laugh-out-loud story of the challenges of country living), A Battle of the Books (an account of her trials and tribulations with the publishing industry which I believe should be required reading for all young or aspiring writers), Woman's Worth and Worthlessness, and others.
March 1, 2018: Purim ends
March 3: Happy Girl's Day to all our Japanese friends! :)
March 7th: National Cereal Day. Fun fact: Both Cream of Wheat and Shredded Wheat date back to the Victorian era! The cereal we now know and love as "Cream of Wheat" already had a firm hold on people's hearts and breakfast tables as "farina gruel" by the 1890s, but it was officially packaged under its now iconic name in 1893. Shredded wheat was first introduced at the 1893 Columbian Exposition. More Victorian foods: <www.thisvictorianlife.com/victorian-food.html>
March 12th: My birthday! It would be a wonderful birthday present if you would buy a copy of one of my Tales of Chetzemoka books as a gift for one of your friends who hasn't read them yet. These books are how I make my living, so it means the world to me when people enjoy them and spread the word about them. Thank you so much —and happy reading to everyone!
March 17: Happy St. Patrick's Day!
For all those interested in 19th-century Irish history, I highly recommend the book, "The Graves Are Walking: The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People" by John Kelly. Its Amazon listing: <http://www.amazon.com/Graves-Are-Walking-Famine-People/dp/1250032172/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1457372250&sr=1-1&keywords=the+graves+are+walking>
March 20, 2018: Happy Spring Equinox!
Foods in season in March:
Author: Sarah A. Chrisman
(Known around Port Townsend as "The Victorian Lady"