Get Ready for May 2016

Summer is fast approaching! It’s time to battle the bugs, brush up on music skills, and plan some family time for Memorial Day. Discover the historical geography of the United States. Choose the right string gauge for your guitar. Deter garden bugs before they show up for lunch. Start a homemade construction project. Learn how…

Shetland

No one knows for sure when the Shetland Pony first arrived on its native islands, but it was unquestionably thousands of years ago.  Its ancestors may have included ponies and small horses of Celtic, Norse, and even Oriental roots. However the Shetland Pony came about, isolation on the Shetland Islands with their frequently inhospitable climate…

The Dirt-Cheap Green Thumb

Gardening on a budget doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice looks or taste! The Dirt-Cheap Green Thumb: 400 Thrifty Tips for Saving Money, Time & Resources In and Around the Garden by Rhonda Massingham Hart will show you how to make the most of your gardening dollars, while still enjoying a beautiful and productive…

Quarter Horse

The Quarter Horse is truly an American breed, reflective of the nation’s changing lifestyle and progress westward. Its earliest ancestors came with the Spanish conquistadors. These horses of various bloodlines were captured by Indians and traded as far as the Atlantic seaboard. The Spanish-derived Indian ponies, particularly those kept by the Chickasaw, were valued for…

The Exodusters: Part 2

When March 1879 hit, the Exodusters were ready to go. They came from all parts of the South. Mississippi was well represented, as was Texas.  Many Exodusters were from Tennessee, where Benjamin “Pap” Singleton had been particularly active. Others came from Louisiana, Alabama, and Georgia. Their numbers could only be estimated, but the following spring…

Poitou

For centuries, the Poitou region of France was famous as a center of mule breeding. The area even boasted special breeds of horse and donkey developed exclusively for the purpose—the Poitevin horse, known for its heavy build, and the Poitou donkey, prized for its tall stature and large joints. When the horse and donkey were…

The Exodusters: Part 1

The Exodusters were African-Americans, typically emancipated slaves, that journeyed to Kansas after the Civil War. The legacy of these unique pioneers, traveling en masse to find a better life, has captured the state’s imagination, making them among the most memorable of Kansas immigrants.   Egypt The end of slavery did not mark the end of…