The Kitchen Table Historian

I am an author and historian who writes about long-forgotten and out of the way events and places. I love the bizarre, the unusual, and the downright weird. I write a regular blog at my website, www.johnbrassardjrcom.wordpress.com, and also manage a facebook page about things of historical interest called The Kitchen Table Historian.

Unsung Heroes: Small-Town Museums and County Historical Associations

             Very recently, I wrote a blog about an original section of the Lincoln Highway in Clinton County, Iowa. One of my readers had a question about it, so I told them that I would get in touch with the Lincoln Highway Association and get an answer.                 I wrote them an e-mail introducing myself …

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The Same War, But Different: The Civil War in the Dakota Territories

                Mostly when we think about the American Civil War, we think about a man who lives in one of the Northern states marching south and fighting gigantic battles against a raging Confederate army. While this was the case for thousands of young soldiers, there were battles fought against other adversaries on different fronts, as …

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The American Civil War – A Conflict for the Ages

                Recently, I was having a conversation about World War II with my children. As the discussion progressed, I told them that it was important for them to learn about that time in history, because those things should never be forgotten. I told them that they needed to remember and carry that knowledge forward into …

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Dark Winter’s Past: The Unfortunate End of Singleton Gardiner

              This past weekend, the Midwest faced down Winter Storm Jupiter, what was promised to deliver a whole lot of nastiness. Thankfully, here in eastern Iowa it turned out to not be too awfully bad, but still bad enough to cause a lot of people to fall on icy sidewalks and streets and go to …

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