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The Polio Generation: Built on Toughness

2019-03-13T21:16:21+00:00March 20th, 2019|Hartnell History, News|

If you were born after the 1950s, you may know little or nothing about the frightening epidemic that was part of just about everyone's lives back then. Polio outbreaks were frequent and not well understood. Although doctors, hospitals and health organizations tried to fight this crippling disease, it continued to spread and affect children throughout

How the 50’s Changed History

2019-03-13T21:16:31+00:00March 16th, 2019|News, Uncategorized|

Every decade has memorable events, especially for those who lived through that particular slice of history. Today, those growing up in the 1950s are the grandparents of many young people maturing right now. This decade is revisited by many 50s books, remembering the good, the bad, and the crazy times. Here are some ways that

Eight Books That Will Bring You Back to the ’50s

2019-03-13T21:16:42+00:00March 13th, 2019|News|

Looking back over the past helps us learn about ourselves and our world, as well as revive thrilling, joyful, terrifying and heartbreaking memories. The decade of the 1950s conjures up images of the advent of rock and roll with Elvis Presley, the frightening polio outbreaks, the ominous Korean War and the fascinating introduction of the

First Day of Winter Wanderings

2019-01-30T22:44:12+00:00December 21st, 2018|Posts From C.A. Hartnell|

On the first day of Winter, I was reminded of my many Winter Wanderings throughout this wonderful Christmas season. Foremost in my wanderings is my book, Wild Winter: Christmas, Clues, and Crooks. The characters wander from one exciting adventure to another during the month of December 1955. What better way is there to represent

Wednesday Wanderings in an Arkansas Autumn

2019-01-30T23:00:33+00:00November 28th, 2018|Posts From C.A. Hartnell|

What a blast it was to be able to visit Arkansas in the Autumn! My friends and I like to seek out antique malls, hills covered in gorgeous Autumn foliage, thrift shops, glory trees, country food, and days of "Ohs and awes!" Saw this awesome Autumn color on the trees in Prairie Grove Battlefield

World Polio Day 2018

2019-01-30T22:58:38+00:00October 24th, 2018|Posts From C.A. Hartnell|

Polio is a vicious disease that for countless years caused suffering for adults and children across the United States and around the world until a vaccine mostly stopped it in the spring of 1955. My historical fiction, children's chapter book, Scary Spring: Our Polio Fright of 1955, written for 8 and up, is about

My Ireland Adventure: Part 1

2019-01-30T22:51:02+00:00September 27th, 2018|Posts From C.A. Hartnell|

Here are some highlights from my recent Ireland Adventure trip by train and bus. Even though I'm only 9% Irish, I've longed to visit Ireland for many years! My Irish ancestral names are Malone, Bell, Love, and Tedford. A group of friends and I toured special places all around the Emerald Isle. The famous

Retro Thrift Shop Finds

2019-01-30T22:33:59+00:00August 17th, 2018|Posts From C.A. Hartnell|

Let's all celebrate National Thrift Shop/Non-Profit Day by having a fun adventure shopping at our favorite thrift shops/stores or find some new ones in our communities. Recently, I visited several of my local shops in Henderson, Nevada, located next to Las Vegas. What a "blast to the past" walking the aisles of a Thrift

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