Threads of History

Ruminations on the history and cultural heritage of the Champlain Valley.

“History is a tangled skein that one may take up at any point, and break when one has unraveled enough.” – The Education of Henry Adams

Definition of skein
\ : a loosely coiled length of yarn or thread wound on a reel

If anyone can reel in a listener with a good yarn, Dr. John Krueger can. John is a former professor of history, chair of the LCBP’s Heritage Advisory Program Advisory Committee, and passionate reveler in the lore of the Northeast and Champlain Valley. In the Threads of History blog, John shares the stories of our rich history and reflects on how the past has shaped the landscape and culture of the Champlain Valley today.

Painting of Charlotte
Frederika Charlotte Louise von Massow was about thirteen when she first met Friedrich Riedesel, a dashing twenty-one-year-old cavalry officer and ... Read more >>
The American War for Independence was set about by thousands of men and women, each with an individual story to ... Read more >>
George Washington excepted, no one contributed as much to the British victory in the French and Indian War and to ... Read more >>
“I will either set my country free or shed my last drop of blood to make her so." Joseph Warren, ... Read more >>
During her lifetime, the New York World described Kate Field as the “brainiest woman in the United States.” Born in ... Read more >>
Painting: The Death of General Montgomery in the Attack on Quebec, December 31, 1775
The snowy New Year’s morning of 1776 held little hope for the troops of the various American colonies huddled outside ... Read more >>
None of the hardy individuals who populated early Vermont was more passionate about liberty than the frontier philosopher from the ... Read more >>
Henry Brooks Adams at work at home
Henry Brooks Adams’s life and work traced the early political and social forces of a nation in whose making the ... Read more >>
William Henry Harrison Murray, a prominent clergyman at the historic Park Street Church in Boston, wrote Adventures in the Wilderness ... Read more >>
Water color painting of the Battle of Valcour Island
With 13,000 British and German troops under General Sir Guy Carleton waiting to move south from Canada and a badly ... Read more >>


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