Heritage History

Devastated by losses in both livestock and crops on the Kansas prairie in the late 1870's, Steve and his parents push farther west to Colorado for a fresh beginning. The raw nature of the landscape and wildlife—still untamed by developing trains and canals—captivates Steve. Yet the consequent lack...Read more
Sixteen-year-old Lon Cope wants to be like his father, Jess, working among the mining engineers exploring and developing the huge Alaska Territory of the 1920's. When Jess Cope, as superintendent, is blamed for the Board of Directors’ shutdown of a gold mine, the mine is branded “Cope’s Swindle.”...Read more
It’s going to be “the biggest hoss race in the world!” Homesteaders are set to race on horseback, in gigs and wagons, and even by train to stake their claim in the Cherokee Strip, the last bit of Oklahoma Territory opened for settlement in 1893. Nearly one hundred thousand settlers will...Read more
Thirteen-year-old Lars Olsen experiences Dakota Territory’s harsh living conditions in the 1880’s, with its summers’ sweeping prairie fires and winters’ bone-chilling blizzards. But he also believes in the land’s potential of being good farm country. As drought causes a second year’s loss of wheat...Read more
The year is 1774 and Nathanael Greene is a born-and-raised, peace-loving Quaker, running his family's forge and expected to take his place as an important member of the Society of Friends, just as his father before him. But as the tensions between the colonists and the British increase, Greene...Read more
Jim’s restless older brother Reuben is always chasing a new scheme to make money in America of the 1890’s. But fourteen-year-old Jim determines to find a way to stay on the Arkansas prairie. Moving to the prairie years ago had been Reuben’s first venture to make his fortune. The land was advertised...Read more
Recently voted into the Union, the Kansas Territory of 1855 has the power to decide whether it will be "free" or "slave." Webb Morse's father, unwilling to simply donate to the cause of freedom, uproots his family from their comfortable Boston home to fight from the center of the Free State...Read more