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    Recommended Books/Magazines/Videos

    THE NUMBER ONE BOOK TO READ IS THE BIBLE.  (GREATEST "LIVING" "HISTORY" BOOK EVER WRITTEN!!)

    Books:

    1)  The Books of Buckskinning  1 - 8
         Scurlock Publishing Co.

    2)  A Pilgrim's Journey  Volume One  1986 - 1995
         By Mark A. Baker
         Scurlock Publishing Co.

    3)  A Pilgrim's Journey  Volume Two  1996 - 2005
         By Mark A. Baker
         Scurlock Publishing Co.

    4)  Tidings From the 18th Century
         (Colonial America How-To and Living History)
         By Beth Gilgun
         Scurlock Publishing Co.

    5)  Who Was I?  Creating a Living History Persona
         By Cathy Johnson
         Graphics/Fine Arts Press

    6)  Recreating the American Longhunter: 1740 - 1790
         By Joseph Ruckman
         Graphics/Fine Arts Press

    7)  Sketch Book '76: The American Soldier 1775 - 1781
         By Robert L. Klinger
         Pioneer Press

    8)  An Historical Account of the Expedition Against the Ohio Indians in the Year 1764
         (This is a good French and Indian War time period resource.)
         By William Smith

    9)  Notes on the Settlement and Indian Wars of the Western Parts of Virginia and Pennsylvania
         (This is a good Revolutionary War time period resource.)
         By Rev. Joseph Doddridge

    10)  Peter Kalm's Travels in North America
           (Peter Kalm lived in the 18th century and traveled...he recorded much of what he saw.)
           By Peter Kalm

    11)  Notes on the Settlement & Indian Wars of the Western Parts of Virginia & Pennsylvania
           By Dr. Joseph Doddridge

    12)  Seedtime on the Cumberland
           (A good Colonial Frontier source.)
           By Harriette Simpson

    13)  The Indian Tipi...Its History, Construction, and Use
           By Reginald & Gladys Laubin

    Cookbooks:

    1)  Tastes From the Past
         By Veronica Wiese

    2)  More Tastes From the Past
         By Veronica Wiese

    3)  Setting a Simple Table
         By Veronica Wiese

    4)  Christmas Thru the Centuries
         By Veronica Wiese

    Veronica offers these cookbooks for sale @ $10.00 per book plus shipping.  All of the Tastes From the Past cookbooks contain documented recipes and cooking instructions from the 18th and 19th centuries, translated into modern cooking terms so that you can try them at home.  Each of the cookbooks is spiral bound so that they lie flat.

    Please contact Veronica at:  tastes@crookedtreefarm.com

    Magazines:

    1)  Muzzleloader Magazine
         Scurlock Publishing Co.

    2)  On the Trail Magazine
         (The Journal for Historical Trekkers, Reenactors & Students of Living History  1600 - 1840)

    Videos:

    1)  Pioneering:  The Longhunter Series  (DVD)
         Featuring Mark A. Baker
         Scurlock Publishing Co.

    A Source for Out of Print Books:


    1)  Ayer Company Publishers, Inc.
         "The First American Frontier Collection"
         (Over 60 primary-source materials...are high in price though.)

    Narrative Historical Novels:

    I highly recommend reading the Winning of America series, by Allan W. Eckert.  Do not be put off by the size of these books.  (Each book is approximately 700-800 pages.)  These books are fact, not fiction, but written in narrative form, which makes for fast, interesting reading.  From the Intro of each book:  "Every incident described actually occurred; every date is historically accurate; every character regardless of how major or how minor actually lived the role in which he is portrayed."

    The series includes the following books in the order they were written, but it is not necessary to read them in this order. 

    The Frontiersmen
    Wilderness Empire
    The Conquerors
    The Wilderness War
    Gateway to Empire
    Twilight of Empire


    In addition, his book that is not in this series, That Dark and Bloody River, is a must for anyone with ancestors who settled in the Ohio River Valley.  One caution-these books are not for the squeamish.  Atrocities committed by both Europeans and Indians against each other are vividly described.

    Mountains of Stone
    By Orland Ned Eddins

    The Winds of Change
    By Orland Ned Eddins

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