I believe I have not properly introduced myself on this blog before and thought that there should be a post about my own history.
My name is Allison and I am a 22 year old living in the great state of Michigan. I graduated Bowling Green State University in 2016 with a B.A. in history. Currently, I am working in the mortgage industry, but I wanted to create this blog to keep history and continuous study in my life. History has always been my passion since I was a young girl. I remember picking up a Magic Tree House book (I believe it was the Civil War one) and, even though it was fiction, I found I wanted to learn more about the historical events it described. I became a voracious reader (I love all historical fiction and fantasy and nonfiction). There was nothing I could learn too much about. I knew in college I wanted to study history and even if someone told me I shouldn’t I was going to do what I loved. It paid off too. I loved my studies and I was rewarded. My capstone project (refer to my first post for a summary of what it was about) won the Undergraduate Research Award and I am still very proud of that accomplishment.
Even though history is not part of my current career path right now I wanted to keep it in my life. I love the research and the learning and most of all I love to learn of people’s stories. I wanted to share what I’ve learned with others so they may be inspired to learn more of our world’s history. I am finding that I may not be very regular in my posting as finding the stories that inspire me and doing the research (I am a little out of practice since graduation), but I am doing my best.
I love medieval and Renaissance history (especially in England). I’ve found I have been on a big Anglo-Saxon kick lately in my reading as before reading the Last Kingdom and listening to the Anglo-Saxon series of Rex Factor I had known nothing of these Kings and time period, but I found them to be the most interesting. I love learning about women during this time as well as there were some very powerful ladies in a time that viewed women as weaker and unimportant. I enjoy a lot of American history as well, especially the 19th century. The Civil War and its aftermath are some of my favorite topics. Women’s history in general is important to me as well.
You will always find me reading some kind of historical fiction novel. I find that historical fiction allows me to become more aware of historical events I had not heard of before. These fiction books inspire me to then move to the actual sources/nonfiction in order to learn more of the true events. Right now I am branching out and reading a lot of historical fiction surrounding Asian culture and Indian culture. I am debating whether I should do book posts of the historical fiction I am reading as well, but I will decide that later on. I
Well, that is a little about me and I wanted to end this post with a picture of me at the Renaissance Festival this year! (Fun Fact: I am a huge nerd!)