Eleanor Eddy: An Unsung Hero

While her husband, William “Will” Eddy (1816-1859) chases a 900-pound grizzly bear, puffs his pipe, fells trees for lake lodging, tells very tall and ribald tales, shoots errant game, or makes midnight plans with Charles Stanton to walk across the Sierras in the dead...

The Story Behind My Song, “William Eddy”

William H. Eddy (1816-1859) was a carriage maker from Belleville, Illinois, a suburb of St. Louis, who became known as one of the heroes of the Donner Party because he led the Forlorn Hope group of 15 over the Sierra Nevada Mountains, a journey of 80 miles, in...

Not Today, Death, Not Today

“Dying is easy, young man. Living is harder,” says George Washington to Alexander Hamilton in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. No truer words can be applied to the many fighting Covid-19 or t to the Donner Party survivors fighting death at Starved Camp in 1847. CNN...

What Cursed the Donner Party?

As an American people and as American citizens we grow the most through hardship and through learning from our mistakes. This is certainly true now in the midst of a global pandemic. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s daily noontime COVID-19 briefings are must-see TV because...
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