Richard of Jamestown

Richard of Jamestown by James Otis (PDF ebook) – A wonderful, highly readable chapter book by James Otis, chronicling the adventures of Richard, a young boy who sails to the new world with the colonists who founded Jamestown. His stories of the hardships and adventures faced by the Jamestown settlers, told from the viewpoint of a young boy, make this great reading for the Fall season. Don’t miss this!

from the foreword:

The purpose of this series of stories is to show the children, and even those who have already taken up the study of history, the home life of the colonists with whom they meet in their books. To this end every effort has been made to avoid anything savoring of romance, and to deal only with facts, so far as that is possible, while describing the daily life of those people who conquered the wilderness whether for conscience sake or for gain.

That the stories may appeal more directly to the children, they are told from the viewpoint of a child, and purport to have been related by a child. Should any criticism be made regarding the seeming neglect to mention important historical facts, the answer would be that these books are not sent out as histories—although it is believed that they will awaken a desire to learn more of the building of the nation—and only such incidents as would be particularly noted by a child are used.

Surely it is entertaining as well as instructive for young people to read of the toil and privations in the homes of those who came into a new world to build up a country for themselves, and such homely facts are not to be found in the real histories of our land.

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The Stepping Stones

350px-mayflowercompactThe Stepping Stones (MP3 audio)

Today when we think of Thanksgiving, we think of turkeys, Indians, pumpkin pie, pilgrims, the Mayflower and other symbols of holiday… but we don’t always consider the reasons behind why the pilgrims left their home to venture to a New World. They faced the perils of the sea, sickness, famine and for some death just to start anew in a land they knew little about.

This is the story of William Brewster, the ruling elder of the Scrooby congregation, who had  started a printing venture that specialized in printing Puritan Gospel tracts–  tracts that were illegal in England at the time. So it was that as the Pilgrims made ready to sail, Brewster was in hiding while the king’s soldiers sought to imprison him, and he was actually smuggled aboard the Mayflower. Listen to his story… and the story of the Mayflower Compact which became a “stepping stone” toward freedom and government in this new world, in this excellent episode of American Portraits, originally broadcast back in 1948.

To download this mp3 audio program, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key and click the link, then save to your mac.



Mary of Plymouth

i-155Mary of Plymouth: A Story of the Pilgrim Settlement by James Otis (PDF ebook)

“My name is Mary, and I am setting down all these things about our people here in this new world, hoping some day to send my dear friend, Hannah, who lives in Scrooby, England, what may really come to be a story… even though the writer of it is only sixteen years old, having lived in Plymouth since the day our company landed from the Mayflower in 1620, more than eleven years ago…”

So begins this delightful book about the pilgrims and the colony of Plymouth, as told through the eyes of a young pilgrim girl named Mary. This classic “living history book”, written by James Otis and originally published in 1910, is full of history, fascinating details about the daily lives of the pilgrims, along with plenty of action and adventure. Profusely illustrated and highly recommended. this is back by popular request! A great story to share with your kids as we draw closer to our own Thanksgiving celebrations!

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Old Time Holiday Stories – Sampler

Great Old Time Holiday Programs SAMPLER! (mp3 audios)

Here are three wonderful holiday-themed old time radio programs from our “Great Old Time Holiday Stories” collection, which is available  here. Give these a listen and you’ll quickly understand why so many families make these an integral part of their holidays each year. Nothing captures the wholesome, old-fashioned spirit of the holiday season better than these classic holiday radio programs… NOTHING!

The three programs you can download and listen to in their entirety today are:

The Path of Praise
A wonderful history of the Thanksgiving holiday from colonial days through Abraham Lincoln’s establishing it as a national holiday. A very moving and inspirational program!

Stranded in a Snowstorm on Christmas Eve
A great Christmas episode of “Father Knows Best” which WILL get you in the Christmas spirit. Just sit back and let this one work its magic on you… it is a delight!

The Cinnamon Bear – Episode One
The Cinnamon Bear is a perennial favorite 15 minute children’s musical adventure serial that has been enjoyed by children of all ages since it was first broadcast way back in 1938. Episode #1 of this 26 episode series will get your kids hooked!

To Download “The Path of Praise” (mp3 audio/ 30 minutes),
RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save target” to your computer.

To Download “Stranded in a Snowstorm” (mp3 audio/ 30 minutes),
RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save target” to your computer.

To Download “The Cinnamon Bear – Episode One” (mp3 audio/ 14 minutes),
RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save target” to your computer.

Again, if you want a copy of this wonderful collection of over 100 great stories and resources, don’t delay… Click here for full details!




Homemaker’s Mentor Lesson: Fireside Cheer

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“Fireside Cheer” (PDF ebook) – Today’s resource is this full length HomeMaker’s Mentor lesson offering some wintertime inspiration that will warm you and yours! This lesson includes a photo tutorial on how to make pinecone firestarters, ornamental gift match boxes, a checklist for your fireplace, reminiscing about hearths in the homes of yesteryear through all four seasons, and warming recipes for cups o’ fireside cheer! A great cozy resource for upcoming chilly winter evenings!

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Homemaker’s Mentor: Home Made Light

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screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-4-23-41-pmHome Made Light (PDF ebook) -In this Homemaker’s Mentor lesson guide, we learn how to make pure and natural hand-dipped candles from sweet-smelling beeswax, in a variety of shapes, styles and methods. Lots of practical fun for adults and kids alike!

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