Saturday, August 18, 2012

Getting back to basics: US history 101

In preparation for an upcoming trip to Williamsburg, VA, I got The Official Guide to America's Historic Triangle, written by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. The book is an excellent introduction to the history of the area, which includes Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, and Yorktown. It is easy to read and beautifully illustrated with examples of historical paintings and high quality photography. The guide provides educated assistance for choosing what to do and venturing into surrounding areas. Overall, a sufficient entry into the basics of one of our country's most historically rich areas.

However, I read just enough to know that I don't know much and my recollection of high school history is long gone. So, after additional research, I have five more books coming from the library that I hope to devour in the next five weeks before our trip. Finishing two or three is more realistic, but excited to explore in greater depth the historic triangle and the circumstances that influenced our country's beginning. Anyone interested in discussing this part of history, I should be prepared in the next month.

1 comment:

  1. It's always getting near trip time when you start reading historical non-fiction! Now I need to do a bit myself...