Reflections In Hindsight

Grace in the Rearview Mirror…it's closer than it appears

  • Ephesians 4:29

    Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (NIV)

    **MATERIAL ON THIS SITE IS COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. For permission on reprints or reusing this material, please contact the individual authors. For sharing the actual post, please use the share buttons.

  • Blog Archives

  • Blog Stats

    • 91,578 hits
  • RSS April’s Blog: A Writer’s Journey

    • Evil Parents and Rotten Kids
      A-ZE is for Evil Parents and Rotten KidsI present you Jimmy Kimmel's annual "I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy" video montage. It's an artful mixture of cruelty, humor, and ghastly awe. My favorite is Drawer Boy. Now there's an ax murderer in the making.Which is your favorite?
      noreply@blogger.com (April Gardner)
  • RSS Barn Door Book Loft

    • A Warm Welcome to Anna M. Aquino
      You've had an interesting life. We're excited to read more about you and your writing journey. Tell us . . .Is there a story behind your book Confessions of a Ninja Mom: A 40 day Training Manual for Empowering MothersThe story behind this devotional is actually a tale that spans over 13 years.  God had called me to ministry and to write young. I sh […]
    • Confessions of a Ninja Mom by Anna M. Aquino
      Back Cover Blurb: Being a ninja mom means you love your family, and you are able to raise your kids the way God intended them to be. Affirming you?re a ninja mom means you?re okay with the role God has given you, and you do it with excellence. So join me in my declaration: You are a ninja mom. I am a ninja mom. Together we ARE a powerful force! Join the ninj […]
    • Texas Author Caryl McAdoo
      Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Caryl! Is there a story behind Sins of the Mothers?     Only in that I realized as an adult that I had to deal with the ‘sins’ of my mother and think to a certain extent, we all do. Please don’t get me wrong. Mama was a saint of God and a powerful intercessor. I can’ even imagine the hours she spent on her knees on my beha […]
  • RSS Clash of the Titles

    • The Victory Goes To...
      We Have A Winner!Congratulations to Dawn Crandall! Her book, The Captive Imposter, won this month's clash!Thank you all for voting, and a special thank you to all of our authors this month!Here are a few of our voter comments:Dawn Crandall is a very gifted writer. She is a master @ blending romance & suspense !Dawn!  You know I love your books so mu […]
    • April New Releases
      Hostess: Michelle MassaroWriting Gladiators.... Step into the ARENA!Welcome to another Clash here at Clash of the Titles! Below are FIVE New Releases, hot off the presses in April, for your entertainment. They all look wonderful to us, but YOU will decide which one takes Top Honors this month.Please check out the covers and descriptions below and vote for th […]
    • Introducing Biblical Fiction Author Stephanie Landsem
      This week Clash of the Titles is proud to feature Stephanie Landsem, author of The Living Water biblical fiction series. She will carry you back into the times of Jesus and explore beautiful truths that resonate deeply with readers.Let's hear from Stephanie about her books and how she handles the interesting challenge of writing about Jesus. 1.) What wa […]
  • RSS Little Bits Blog

    • Chloe's Decision 
      As I stated last week, November is NANOWRIMO. I'm working on the next Stones Creek novel. It's the story of Chloe, Noah Preston's sister. She comes to Stones Creek with her two children. If you would like to read her pre-story simply subscribe to Sophie's Special Emails. No more than twice a month will you receive an email with special co […]
    • Remembering Fudgsicles
      It is November and thus NANOWRIMO, National Novel Writing Month. The challenge is to begin a novel and write 50,000 words during the month. Since this occupies most of my focus for these four weeks I will be reposting previous articles each week this month. Fudgsicles, how long has it been since I’ve had a fudgsicle? I’m not sure, but they came to mind when […]
    • Are You Teachable?
      What? You think you know everything? I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news but no one knows everything. Oh, there is one, Hashem. He's omniscient. But no one else is. Even Yeshua (Jesus) isn't. He doesn't know the hour or day he will come again. Some people rejoice in learning something new. I tend to be one of those people. I read about […]
  • RSS Living Our Faith Out Loud

    • Book Review Hidden Storms by Nancy Shew Bolton
      May, 2015Prism Book GroupISBN-13: 978-1511994897e-book: $3.99Print: $11.99Buy on AmazonBarnes and NobleFrom the Publisher:Lilli Clarke. They call her the marked girl. Beginning at her left shoulder, a pink birthmark tracks up her throat just past her jaw, like a finger pointing to her brain. Abandoned by her family, she is ostracized by everyone but her gran […]
    • The Last Princess of Meigen by Rachel A. James
      The Last Princess of Meigenby Rachel A. JamesInspirational Medieval Romance Release Date: May 22, 2015 About the book:A captivating tale of love and duty as the last princess of Meigen searches for her true purpose amidst conflict and betrayal.It is 626AD, and the ancient Kingdom of Meigen is left vulnerable to neighboring Saxons. To unite the kingdoms and b […]
    • Book review: Jordan's Shadow by Robin Johns Grant
      Jordan’s ShadowRobin Johns GrantCan’t stop reading!February 2015Print 12.99E book: 2.99Buy on AmazonFrom the Publisher:The Crosby family has a frightening problem. Is it psychological? Supernatural? Or something entirely unexpected?In 1984, seventeen-year-old Rose and her fiancé discover an injured girl with no memory. The girl, Jordan, is in Rose’s life for […]
  • RSS Nearly Brilliant

    • Book Review: Land of My Heart (Heirs of Montana) by Tracie Peterson
      When Dianne Chadwick’s father is killed during an altercation in front of his store as conflict between the north and south rises, she and her mother decide to move their family to Montana. They believe it will keep their boys away from the civil war conflict. But the attempt to bring safety and security is short lived when Trenton the eldest chooses to join […]
    • Book Review: 1929, Book One (The 1929 Series) by M. L. Gardener
      When the stock market crashes in 1929 it crushes the wealthy lifestyles of three young couples whose lives are intertwined. This riches to rags story captured my interest and I hung in there for the entire book because it started off well. Jonathan Garrett the husband of one of the couples feels responsibility for their circumstances as it was his brokerage […]
    • Book Review: A Painted House by John Grisham
      I have actually read this book before but didn't review it. It's just as good the second time round and a deviation from Grisham's usual legal mystery/thrillers. Frankly, I feel it's his best work. The first person narrative and southern setting reminds me of To Kill a Mockingbird though the plot is quite different.At the heart of the sto […]
  • BLOG NEWS

    Thank you for your encouragement and support for the past three years. We've had fun connecting with you and hope you've found useful material here on Reflections. And here's the but... Reflections In Hindsight is closing on December 21, 2012. Elaine and Sophie and I can be found over at http://authorculture.blogspot.com; April can be found at Clash of the Titles, http://www.clashofthetitles, http://www.aprilgardner.com and watch for news for more novels from her!; Janet is ever-present on the Internet with her very special words of wisdom and grace at http://www.janetperezeckles.com, and Luther--who knows where he'll show up next, but I'd watch my back if I were you... Book Reviews are always important, so I, Lisa, will continue to offer them through my blog, as well as those promotions for your new books or book launches, or your news.
  • Second Monday: Sophie Dawson

  • Tuesdays – Promotion in Motion

  • Wednesdays: Life of a Writer – April & Positivity – Lisa Lickel

  • Thursdays – Luther’s on board

  • Fridays – Revolutionary Faith, Devotions by Elaine

  • Saturdays – Janet Perez Eckles

  • Sunday – Reflections Book Reviews

  • Blog Authors

  • The Barn Door

  • The Barn Door Book Loft. Free Books! Book Giveaways.

  • John 3:16 Marketing Network widget and many other great free widgets at Widgetbox! Not seeing a widget? (More info)>

Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Posted by elainemcooper on July 6, 2012

Posted by Elaine Marie Cooper

Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Whenever I talk about the Springfield Armory in Springfield, Massachusetts, I usually get a blank stare. When I say it’s now a National Historic Site, the listener’s eyes usually narrow in mild interest, but the question still lingers in their eyes: What on earth is the Springfield Armory?

Well, without the existence of the Springfield Armory and its production of firearms from 1796 to 1968, the United States of America would perhaps not exist as the country it is today. That’s a bold statement—but likely true.

After the American Revolution, the wise leaders of the fledgling nation of America knew that freedom was as secure as its most recent victory over enemy nations. Keeping that freedom was going to require making armaments—plenty of them—and a place to repair, maintain, and store them. But where could they set up such a facility that was not easily reached by an opposing army?

Welding gun barrels

George Washington and Henry Knox decided that, due to its position high on a hill and far away from seaports accessible to enemies, Springfield, Massachusetts was the preferable site. Another smaller armory was set up at Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, but this location was destroyed during the Civil War.

So how did this historical fiction author get interested in the Springfield Armory? My research was spurred by a mere mention in a genealogical book of my ancestors in the Springfield area.

This mention led to visits to the Armory a thousand miles from my current home, numerous e-mails back and forth with the historian there (Richard Colton), visits to the Springfield Museum, and perusing newspaper articles from the 1800’s in the museum archives.

All this became the basis for my third book, The Legacy of Deer Run, set in the Springfield Armory in 1800.

This past weekend, I celebrated the release of this novel when I joined the staff at the current Springfield Armory Museum for their annual Armory Day. I signed books there, promoted all three of my Deer Run Saga books (including The Road to Deer Run and The Promise of Deer Run), and met many wonderful folks who love history and love to read! From young readers to the elderly, a book commemorating their local historic site was a joy for these western Massachusetts folks. Their town has a significant role in our country’s history—yet so many in our nation are unaware.

I hope that The Legacy of Deer Run can be a tribute, not just to my own ancestors, but to the hundreds of workers that labored through the years to help keep America safe.

“Huzzah!” to their memory!

For more information on the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, visit:

http://www.nps.gov/spar/index.htm

To purchase The Legacy of Deer Run at Amazon, click here:

http://www.amazon.com/Legacy-Deer-Run-Saga/dp/098388367X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1341511816&sr=1-1&keywords=the+legacy+of+deer+run

Also available on Kindle and Nook

4 Responses to “Springfield Armory National Historic Site”

  1. Katy Lee said

    Oh, I wish I had known, I would have gone to meet you. I’m not too far from there. Hope it was a special and productive day for you.

    Thanks for the info on the Armory. I will be sure to include it in my kids studies for history.

    Speaking of kids, are your books okay for them to read? They look like great follow-ups to their studies.

    • Hi Katy! My books are generally read by teens and adults, but it completely depends on your children. Not sure what their ages are, but I always encourage parents to read them first to be sure that there is nothing they would object to. They are not like “Little House” books because they cover a lot of real life topics, but always from a Christian worldview. Hope that helps!

      I think that, if you like history, you would likely enjoy them!

      Thanks for stopping by! Wish we could have met in Springfield. :-(

  2. Thanks for your pictures, Elaine, and your stories. What a wonderful adventure. I was the mouse in your suitcase.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

 
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,247 other followers

%d bloggers like this: