Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     The Ark-La-Tex Genealogical Association will hold a genealogical seminar at the Broadmoor United Methodist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana, on August 10, 2019. Registration will begin at 8:00 a. m.

     Featured speaker will be well-known genealogist, John A. Sellers. During the day-long meeting, he will discuss what is hidden in courthouse records, history’s role in genealogical pursuits, and how to research newspapers in cyber space.

     Seating is limited to 75 people. Cost for the seminar will be $40, which includes lunch if registration is received by August 6, 2019. Checks may be sent to the society at P. O. Box 4463, Shreveport, Louisiana 71134-0463. For more details, send an e-mail to

     Too often, people think history is dull, mainly because they equate the subject with the memorization of names, places, and dates. Because they do not necessarily connect historical events with real people who have long been dead, they may also think of the subject humorless. Jack Darrell Crowder, however, shows that history is interesting, full of awe, and sometimes humorous in his new book, STRANGE, AMAZING, AND FUNNY EVENTS THAT HAPPENED DURING THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR.

     Crowder’s fascinating and fun-filled volume contains numerous instances of unusual and little-known aspects of the American Revolution. For instance, General Nathaniel Greene, who was instrumental in defeating the British in the South, suffered from asthma, which kept him awake most nights. John Marshall, who became perhaps the most famous Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, often ran races in his stockings against other soldiers at Valley Forge; he rarely lost. A snowball fight in 1778 took place between the troops from Virginia and Pennsylvania; General George Washington issued a General Order forbidding the men to throw snowballs at each other. Sarah Fulton is sometimes called the “Mother of the Boston Tea Party” because she helped to make the Indian costumes the participants wore that night. After John Nicholas Martin, pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Charleston, South Carolina, refused to pray for King George, the British confiscated his property and shelled his church. Samuel Pierce received both a Captain’s commission from King George II and a Colonel’s commission from the Continental Congress on the same day; he chose the commission with the American army and served till the end of the Revolution.

     These examples demonstrate that history can bring to life people and events of a bygone era. Whether it is kept on a bedside stand or on a coffee table, STRANGE, AMAZING, AND FUNNY EVENTS THAT HAPPENED DURING THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR makes intriguing and enjoyable reading.

     The 145-page softbound book has an attractive front cover, an introduction, illustrations, a ten-page bibliography, and an index encompassing full-names of individuals, places, and topics. To the book's price of $30.00, buyers should add the cost for postage and handling charges. For U. S. postal mail, the cost is $5.50 for one book and $2.50 for each additional copy; for FedEx ground service, the cost is $7.50 for one copy and $2.50 for each additional book. The volume (item order #9643) may be purchased by check, money order, MasterCard, or Visa from Clearfield Company, 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Suite 260, Baltimore, Maryland 21211-1953. For phone orders, call toll free 1-800-296-6687; fax 1-410-752-8492; website at

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