Who Is William Eddy? My Donner Party Hero

In great tragedies we often look for heroes—they sacrificed and saved others who couldn’t save themselves. In the Donner Party story there are a few heroes among those families looking out only for themselves. One of my favorites is carriage-maker (or coffin-maker,...

Group Songwriting Workshop Taught by Alice Osborn

Group Songwriting Workshop Taught by Alice Osborn Location : Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701 Room :IBM Rehearsal Studio Date : Saturday, February 23, 2019 Time : 10:00 AM-11:30 AM on Sat Level : Beginning Tuition: $30.00  Register HERE Class...

The Hastings Cutoff: What Really Killed the Donner Party

If I could blame one man for the deaths of 41 people in the Donner Party it would be Lansford Hastings, the creator, founder, director of the Hastings Cutoff disaster, circa 1846. Lansford was born in Ohio to wealthy parents who could trace their American origins back...

Searching for Paradise: Who Is Tamsen Donner?

SPECIAL NOTE: this shortened version of this essay will appear in the anthology, Exploring: Discoveries. Challenges. Adventure. edited by Randell Jones, coming to you spring 2019.  The Donner Party. Snow. Starvation. Cannibalism. Why does this tragedy from 172 years...
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