Donna Fletcher Crow, Novelist of British History, has written more than 50 books specializing in British Christianity. These books include: The Monastery Murders, clerical mysteries; Lord Danvers Investigates, Victorian true-crime; The Elizabeth and Richard series, literary suspense; and Glastonbury, The Novel of Christian England. She loves research and sharing you-are-there experiences with her readers.
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Donna Fletcher Crow, Novelist of British History
A traveling researcher engages people and places from Britain's past and present, drawing comparisons and contrasts between past and present for today's reader.
By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 27, 2010
Writers of historical novels--mysteries or otherwise--are often accused of living mmore in the past than the present--at least, this historical writer is. One of my favorite stories is of taking a chauffered punt ride Cambmridge with my teenage sons. Throughout the ride I discussed the scenes on both sides of the Cam with our escort. Afterwards my sons came up on each side of me and put their arms around me: 'Mom, you're amazing. You know everything.'
Talk about feeling chuffed! When do your teenagers ever say that?
And then the punch line: 'But it's all 200 years out of date.'
Trouble is, they were perfectly correct. Which all is to say, you can imagine how much I enjoyed our day Saturday visiting Calgary's Heritage Park--the largest living history museum in Canada.
The village contains 117 buildings and displays or original and reconstructed buildings moved here from all over Canada depicting life in the west in the 1800's.
As a bookover, one of the most moving stories to me was that at the Montefiore Institute which served as synagogue and community centre for Alberta's Jewish community which came here largely from Moldova--similar to those who were driven from their homes in 'Fiddler on the Roof.' These refugees found themselves with farm land, but no farming skills. Their gentile neighbors provided the training in farming. And what did the Jewish community provide in return? Their most prized treasures--books. That tiny yesslow clapboard building contained 1000 books at the height of its activity. When the building was being restored a book was discovered in the walls--a discussion of Darwin's Origin of the Species.
As to the rest of our grand day out, I'll let the pictures tell the story. starting with the North-west Mounted Police Post and the Mountie who explained that they grew poppies for medicinal purposes to supply the cottage hospital next door:
Anglican church and Rectory
The Prince House
And a special Lego train display by SELUG (Southern Alberta Lego Users Group)
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