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Harriet Lothrop, also known as Margaret Sidney, not only wrote bestselling children's books but preserved historic sites...

Harriet Lothrop, also known as Margaret Sidney, not only wrote bestselling children's books but preserved historic sites around Massachusetts and ran her husband's publishing company after his death.

Born on June 24, 1844, Harriet Mulford learned a love of reading from a young age, having been given unfiltered access to her father's library. She was always one to make up characters and stories; her teachers at Miss Dutton's School at Grove Hall in New Haven marked her for success early. Though she spent some time traveling after her schooling, she was a New Englander at heart.

Harriet published her first piece in 1878, at the age of 34. She began with short stories in the Boston-based children's magazine Wide Awake. Her "Peppers" stories were such hits that Wide Awake editor Ella Farman requested more, leading to the publication of Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (and 11 sequels). The Peppers Series follows the recently widowed Mrs. Pepper and her five children as they navigate the world around them and teaches young readers about the true meaning of family.

The first of the Peppers books was published in 1881, the same year Harriet married Daniel Lothrop. Mr. Lothrop was the founder of the D. Lothrop Company of Boston, a publishing company that would produce all of Harriet's books, using her pseudonym Margaret Sidney. After Daniel died in March of 1892, Harriet spent 5 years running the company before selling it. After the sale, the company was renamed Lothrop, Lee & Shepard. Harriet would continue publishing her books with them under the pseudonym Margaret Sidney.

In 1883, the Lothrops purchased the home previously occupied by Louisa May Alcott and Nathaniel Hawthrone, called The Wayside Inn in Concord, MA. She would go on to work to preserve: Orchard House, another Alcott residence; Grapevine Cottage, where the Concord Grape was developed; and the Tolman House in Dorchester, MA, a historic home from the Colonial period.

Harriet died on August 2, 1924 at the age of 80. In addition to her popular Peppers series, she had written over 30 books

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Leap into the magical worlds of Old French Fairy Tales! Written by Sophie Rostopchine, Comtesse De Segur and illustrated...

Leap into the magical worlds of Old French Fairy Tales! Written by Sophie Rostopchine, Comtesse De Segur and illustrated by Virginia Frances Sterrett, this classic and relatively unknown collection is one of the most popular books at the Internet Archive.

Sophie Rostopchine, Comtesse De Segur, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia on August 1, 1799. Her family was exiled from Russia in 1814 and landed first in the Duchy of Warsaw, then the German Confederation, and Italy, before settling in Paris, France. Once in France, her father opened a salon, where Sophie would later meet Eugène Henri Raymond, Count of Ségur. They married in July of 1819. It wasn't until age 58 that Sophie wrote her first novel, but after that she continued to write prolifically until a few years before her death in 1874.

Virginia Frances Sterrett was born in Chicago, IL in 1900, where she later attended the Art Institute of Chicago. Though she did not graduate, her talent was strong enough to land her her first commission at the age of 19 illustrating Old French Fairy Tales. Strerret was only able to finish two other projects, a commission of Tanglewood Tales and her own interpretation of Arabian Nights, before she died of tuberculosis at the age of 31.

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Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with The Silent Traveller series!Chiang Yee, the Silent Tra...

Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with The Silent Traveller series!

Chiang Yee, the Silent Traveller, was born either May 19 or June 14, 1903 in Jiujiang, China. He received his degree in chemistry from Nanjing University, after which he served for one year in China's army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. He went on to teach middle school chemistry at National Chengchi University, assist the editor of a newspaper, and serve as magistrate of three counties. He left China for England in 1933 to study for an MSc in economics at the London School of Economics.

Though he never finished the MSc, Yee remained in England, teaching Chinese at the University of London and working at the Wellcome Museum of Anatomy and Pathology. It was here that he began to document, through journals and illustrations, his travels, starting his "Silent Traveller" series. His books were so popular that they remained in print even during war-time paper shortages. After World War II, and his "The Silent Traveller in Wartime", he branched out, to Edinburgh, Dublin, Paris, and then to the United States in 1955.

While in the States, Yee published his Silent Traveller books about his time in Boston, New York and San Francisco, as well as several children's books. He lectured, and eventually became Emeritus Professor at Columbia University and an Emerson Fellow of Poetry at Harvard.

Yee's last stop was Japan in 1972, where he wrote one more Silent Traveller before he returned to China. He died on October 7 or 26, 1977 in China.

The Silent Traveller books were Yee's way of expressing his delight, curiosity, and wonder at his observations while traveling; he offered a look at how the world presented itself to a Chinese national.

Pictured below is Yee's illustration of the Park Street Church in Boston in 1953, titled "Pigeons in Front of Park Street Church."

Applewood Books is proud to publish Yee's American books—The Silent Traveller in New York, San Fransisco, and Boston! Purchase your copies here:

Today is National Teacher Day; celebrate with Amos Bronson Alcott!Though his daughter Louisa May may have become the bes...

Today is National Teacher Day; celebrate with Amos Bronson Alcott!

Though his daughter Louisa May may have become the best-known of the Alcotts, Bronson was an influential teacher, writer, and philosopher.

Born November 29, 1799 in Wolcott, Connecticut, Alcott experienced many different schooling techniques, from a one room classroom that only taught writing, reading and spelling, to private schooling, and finally to teaching himself. At only 17, he passed the teaching certificate exam, but struggled to find work. After a brief stint as a traveling salesman, Alcott returned to Connecticut and became a teacher with the help of his Uncle Tillotson. Alcott planned to reform the school but students and parents were not happy with his "experimental" approach to teaching, so he left after four years. He attempted teaching in Connecticut once more, this time only lasting 5 months.

Alcott moved to Boston, where he opened the Salem Street Infant School. After middling success here and there, Alcott opened the Temple School in Boston.

Alcott's methods were considered radical and controversial at the time; ideas such as no corporal punishment, teaching by encouragement, art and music education, and teaching students to read and write by using personal experiences rather than copying adult texts. He filled his classroom with visual tools like paintings, portraits, and books, and furnished the room with comfortable furniture. He emphasized conversation and questions, instead of insisting on drills and lectures.

Though he did not remain a teacher for long, Alcott made his mark with his unique approaches. He went on to co-found a Utopian society in Harvard, Massachusetts, on land he called "Fruitlands." Fruitlands, as well as the Alcott home in Concord, Orchard House, can still be toured today.

Alcott died in Boston on March 4, 1888. He said to his daughter Louisa May "I am going up. Come with me", to which she replied, "I wish I could." Louisa May passed away two days later on March 6, 1888.

Read more of Alcott's teaching philosophy with his General Maxims of Teaching. Purchase your copy here:

As we round out April, Earth Month, we'd like to celebrate John Muir, or the "Father of the National Parks."Muir, born i...

As we round out April, Earth Month, we'd like to celebrate John Muir, or the "Father of the National Parks."

Muir, born in Scotland on April 21, 1838, immigrated to the U.S., Portage, Wisconsin to be exact, with his family when he was 11 years old. He attended college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he took his first botany class; recalling that day later in his autobiography, Muir says, "This fine lesson charmed me and sent me flying to the woods and meadows in wild enthusiasm".

While working in a wagon wheel factory in 1868 when he was 28, Muir suffered an accident that left him confined to a dark room for 6 weeks while his eyes healed. Muir spent those 6 weeks fearing he would be left permanently blind, so when he regained his sight, he vowed to spent his life how he truly wanted and explore and study plants.

Muir eventually settled in San Fransisco, and from there, visited Yosemite. But one trip was not enough. Muir returned time and again, spending a season as a shepherd and building a cabin where he lived for some years. He became an activist for the preservation of the land, focusing on the havoc that domesticated livestock wrecked on the valley. Associate editor of The Century magazine, Robert Underwood Johnson, visited Muir in Yosemite and after experiencing its magic, agreed to publish any article Muir wrote regarding the preservation from domesticated livestock.

Two such articles influenced a bill passed by Congress, but in Muir's eyes, it was not enough, as it left Yosemite Valley under state control. Muir continued his advocation for the park he loved by co-founding the Sierra Club in 1892 with Warren Olney and Henry Senger. Muir became president of the club, a title he held until his death 22 years later. The Sierra Club was crucial in a campaign to transfer Yosemite Valley to federal control in 1906, making it Yosemite National Park.

Muir died on December 24, 1914 at the age 76. In his lifetime, he wrote 300 articles and published 12 books, and the Sierra Club went on to help establish many more national parks.

Pictured below is John Muir and President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 during Roosevelt's visit to Yosemite.

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Robert Frost is one of the best known American poets, but his work wasn't initially published in the United States; Brit...

Robert Frost is one of the best known American poets, but his work wasn't initially published in the United States; British readers saw his beautiful prose first.

Though he was born in San Fransisco on March 26, 1874, Frost's family moved back to their ancestral Massachusetts shortly after his father's death in 1885. As a young adult, he worked various jobs, from teaching to newspaper delivery to factory work, though in his heart, he knew poetry was his calling. He sold his first poem in 1894, titled "My Butterfly. An Elegy."

Frost moved to Derry, New Hampshire with his wife Elinor, where he worked the farm land purchased for him by his grandfather. It was here that he wrote many of his poems that would later become famous. After 9 years of mostly unsuccessful farming, Frost returned to academia and teaching.

In 1924, Frost won his first Pulitzer Prize for his book New Hampshire: A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes. He would go on to receive three more, and is, to this day, the only poet to receive four Pulitzer Prizes. He was named Poet Laureate of Vermont in 1961, and although he never graduated college, Frost received 40 honorary degrees, including degrees from Harvard, Princeton, Cambridge and Oxford.

Frost died on January 29, 1963 in Boston. The epitaph on his gravestone is the last line from his poem "The Lesson for Today (1942)": "I had a lover's quarrel with the world."

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Earth Day is April 22nd, but you can make everyday Earth Day with Plants and Their Children by Francis Theodora Parsons!...
Plants and their Children

Earth Day is April 22nd, but you can make everyday Earth Day with Plants and Their Children by Francis Theodora Parsons!

Share the circle of life with the kiddos in your life. Originally published in 1893, this charming nature guide will spark young readers interest in the beautiful, natural world around them. With original illustrations by Parson's sister, Alice Josephine Smith, this little book is the perfect spring-time gift. 🌷

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Plants and their Children

New England may have celebrated Patriot's Day yesterday, but it was on April 19, 1775 when "The Shot Heard 'Round the Wo...

New England may have celebrated Patriot's Day yesterday, but it was on April 19, 1775 when "The Shot Heard 'Round the World" was fired, marking the start of the American Revolution.

The Battle of Lexington began at 5 a.m. when 700 British troops marched into Lexington, Massachusetts to find 77 armed minutemen waiting on the town green. British Major John Pitcairn ordered the Minutemen to disperse and when they began to, an unknown gun fired. After a brief skirmish, 8 Americans were dead and 10 wounded, only 1 British soldier was injured, and the Revolution had begun.

British troops then entered Concord around 7 a.m., this time surrounded by hundreds of American patriots. The British managed to destroy some American military supplies but where shortly set upon by minutemen. British Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith ordered British troops to return to Boston; throughout their journey back, they were ambushed by armed patriots hiding behind trees.

The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the first official battles of the 7 year war that would result in the formation of the independent United States of America.

In Applewood Books' Paul Revere's Ride, read Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem of the same name, as well as Revere's own account of his famous midnight ride! Purchase your copy here:

April 14, 1865- President Abraham Lincoln is fatally shot by John Wilkes Booth while attending a showing of Our American...

April 14, 1865- President Abraham Lincoln is fatally shot by John Wilkes Booth while attending a showing of Our American Cousin at Ford's Theater.

Booth, a southern actor, had originally planned to kidnap the president on March 20, 1865 and bring him to the Confederate capitol of Richmond. But Lincoln never arrived at the spot where Booth and his colleagues waited. Two weeks later, Richmond fell to the Union and Booth came up with an even more desperate plan to save the Confederacy.

Booth and his coconspirators Lewis T. Powell and George A. Atzerodt planned simultaneous assassinations of the President, Vice President, and Secretary of State, hoping to topple with Union. Powell wounded Secretary Seward and three others, while Atzerodt lost his nerve and ran before he could shoot Vice President Johnson.

Booth entered Ford’s Theater around 10 pm and walked into President Lincoln’s private box. Lincoln’s guard had left his post, having grown bored of the play, to find some beer. Booth shot Lincoln in the back of the head, then leapt off the balcony to escape, yelling as he fell, “Sic semper tyrannis! (Ever thus to tyrants!) The South is avenged!”

Lincoln was taken to a lodging house across the street from the theater, where he died at 7:22 am the following morning. Abraham Lincoln was the first President of the United States to be assassinated.

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