Historical Travel

Santa Barbara Mission, the "Queen of the Missions"

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From the time I read about the Santa Barbara Mission I wanted to visit.  This is so beautiful and so much history occurred here that it is hard to take in all the changes that occurred from the establishment of the Spanish missions.  This historic site is still an active parish and while the purpose […]

The Little Brown Church - a visit!

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  I had of course heard about the Little Brown Church in the Vale which inspired William Pitts to write his famous poem “Church in the Wildwood”, but I had never seen it.  On our way home from the LeSeuer Swap Meet in Minnesota we saw the sign and I talked Keith into veering off […]

Vatican Splendors exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

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While I was expecting to see all things Reagan at the Presidential Library, I was not expecting to see the wonderful Vatican Splendors exhibit.  This was a great surprise when I took the tour of the museum and library with part of the North American Travel Journalists during our convention in Oxnard, California.  The exhibit […]

Following the Reagan Trail

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Being an Illinois girl, I have followed President Ronald Reagan’s trail to all the Illinois stops and recently I was able to visit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley California. With the recent loss of Nancy Reagan it was kind of an end of an era.  A picture of Nancy Reagan […]

The USS Arizona Men brings the story of the men who sailed, fought and died with her to life.

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  I have been to Pearl Harbor twice and the USS Arizona memorial and Punch Bowl cemetery never stop to stir me.  While I have read about it, visited it and stood above where so many men lost their lives, it took the book The USS Arizona Men 75th Anniversary to bring the individuals who sailed, fought […]