If you’re looking to delve deeper into the worlds I’ve written about, these books and media are great jumping-off points.

Mary Surratt & Lincoln Assassination | Online Resources

Surratt House Museum

Visit the online home of the Surratt tavern in Clinton, Maryland

Conspiracy Trial transcript

Read Poore’s transcripts of the trial of Mary Surratt and her co-defendants (Click here for volume 2)

Ford's Theatre

Take a virtual tour and see evidence from the scene of the crime

Trial of John Surratt

Read the transcript of Mary’s son, John’s, trial (Click here for volume 2)

Mary Surratt & Lincoln Assassination | Recommended Media

Pioneer Girl - Hill

The Conspirator

directed by Robert Redford

Pioneer Girl - Hill

Chasing Lincoln's Killer

by James L. Swanson
(YA edition of Manhunt)

Little Women & Alcott family | Online Resources

Orchard House

A virtual visit to the Alcott family’s Concord, Massachusetts home

The Alcotts as I Knew Them

Read Clara Gowing’s 1909 memoir of her childhood friendship with the Alcott family


Louisa May Alcott is My Passion

An in-depth blog of all things Alcott by LMA scholar Susan Bailey

Alcott Memoirs

A book of anecdotes and memories of the Alcott family, compiled in 1915 from the papers of their friend, Dr. Frederick L.H. Willis

Little Women & Alcott family | Recommended Reading

Pioneer Girl - Hill

Marmee and Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother

by Eve LaPlante

Laura's Album - Anderson

My Heart is Boundless: Writings of Abigail May Alcott, Louisa's Mother

edited by Eve LaPlante

American Writer on the Prairie - Ketcham

Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why it Still Matters

by Anne Boyd Rioux

Best of Covered Wagon Women - Holmes

The Alcotts: Biography of a Family

by Madelon Bedell

Violet & Daisy Hilton | Online Resources

"Intimate Lives and Loves of the Hilton Sisters"

Read the complete text of this autobiographical souvenir booklet, compiled from Violet and Daisy’s late 1940s newspaper serial interviews

"Chained for Life"

Watch Violet & Daisy’s 1952 film, Chained for Life in its entirety

"Freaks" clip

See a scene from Violet & Daisy’s 1932 performance in the circus horror film, Freaks

"Every Hour of Every Day"

Violet and Daisy sing “Every Hour of Every Day” in this clip from Chained for Life

"Love Thief"

Violet and Daisy sing “Love Thief” in this clip from Chained for Life

"Never Fall in Love"

Violet and Daisy sing “Never Fall in Love” in this clip from Chained for Life

Dionne Quintuplets | Online Resources

The Tragedy of a Miracle

MCTV North Bay documentary produced for the 60th anniversary of the Dionnes’ birth

Municipal Heritage Committee Podcast

MHC Heritage Diary – Episode 12 – The Dionne Quintuplets Podcast with Natasha Wiatr, curator of Callander Bay Heritage Museum

On The Set of "Million Dollar Babies"

Yvonne, Annette, and Cécile Dionne visit the set of “Million Dollar Babies”

Sherman Grinberg Newsreel Collection

Search “Dionne Quintuplets” to view 33 vintage newsreels


New York Times Interview

April 2017 New York Times interview with Annette and Cécile Dionne

CBC Interview | 2017

May 2017 CBC television interview with Annette and Cécile Dionne

Annette Dionne's Visit to North Bay

YourTV coverage of Annette Dionne’s August 6, 2018 visit to North Bay

Dionne Quintuplets | Recommended Reading | Connect

We Were Five by James Brough with Annette, Cécile, Marie, and Yvonne Dionne

We Were Five

by James Brough with Annette, Cécile, Marie, and Yvonne Dionne

The Dionnes by Ellie Tesher

The Dionnes

by Ellie Tesher

Send greetings to Annette and Cécile Dionne!

Mail addressed to the Dionne sisters
in care of the Dionne Quints Heritage Board
will be forwarded to Annette and Cécile in Quebec:
PO Box 22051 Fisher PO
North Bay, ONT
P1B 0A7 Canada

Ingalls family & Pioneer life | Online Resources

Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home & Museum

“Where the Little House books were written,” Rocky Ridge farm at Mansfield, Missouri, boasts the largest collection of Ingalls & Wilder family artifacts —including Pa’s fiddle and Ma’s pearl-handled pen. In Mansfield, MO

Ingalls Homestead

Explore the site of the Ingalls family’s homestead claim in De Smet, South Dakota

Laura Ingalls Wilder: Frontier Girl

Learn about Laura’s family, homes, and friends, read digital editions of books from the Ingalls family’s own shelves, and download clips of songs mentioned in the novels


Pioneer Girl Project Blog

A behind-the-scenes look at the publication of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s memoir, Pioneer Girl

Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society

Dedicated to preserving Laura’s historic homes — such the Surveyor’s House and Charles and Caroline Ingalls’s Third Street residence — in De Smet, South Dakota

Little House on the Prairie Museum

A virtual visit to the stretch of prairie occupied by the Ingalls family in 1870, southwest of Independence, Kansas

Little House on the Prairie

A celebration of the lifestyle and legacy of Little House, providing recipes, crafts, events, recommended reading and more for fans of the books and television series alike

Osage Nation

Official site for news, current events, culture, and history of the Osage nation and its people — including free Osage language courses

Ingalls family & Pioneer life | Recommended Reading

Pioneer Girl - Hill

Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography

edited by Pamela Smith Hill

Laura's Album - Anderson

Laura's Album: A Scrapbook Remembrance of Laura Ingalls Wilder

by William Anderson

American Writer on the Prairie - Ketcham

Laura Ingalls Wilder: American Writer on the Prairie

by Sallie Ketcham

Best of Covered Wagon Women - Holmes

Best of Covered Wagon Women

by Kenneth Holmes

Lizzie Borden | Online Resources


Lizzie Andrew Borden Virtual Museum & Library

This extensive compilation of information and images includes the complete trial transcripts — read them and try your hand at unraveling the case!

Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum

Get a virtual glimpse of the scene of the crime, and, if you’re brave enough, book an overnight stay. (I slept in Lizzie’s room!)

Fall River Historical Society

The foremost authority on Lizzie Borden. Generous glimpses of their unique artifact collections are available online


Lizzie Borden Warps & Wefts Blog

“News, articles and photos about The Lady, The Crime, The City and The Era”

Lizzie Borden, Girl Detective Blog

Home of the Lizzie Borden Podcast

Lizzie Borden | Recommended Reading

Parallel Lives - Martin

Parallel Lives: A Social History of Lizzie Borden and her Fall River

by Michael Martins & David Binette

Lizzie Borden Sourcebook - Kent

The Lizzie Borden Sourcebook

by David Kent

Lizzie Borden Past & Present - Rebello

Lizzie Borden: Past and Present

by Leonard Rebello

Lizzie Borden Case Book - Williams

Lizzie Borden: A Case Book of Family and Crime in the 1890s

by Joyce Williams

The Romanovs | Online Resources

Alexander Palace Time Machine

A vast resource of photos, archival information, and online books. (Includes a discussion forum and Book Finder)


Letters, artwork, and photos of the children of Tsar Nicholas II presented in a scrapbook format is a non-profit online media library resource with a special focus on the last ruling Romanov family

Romanov Memorial

A virtual museum of the Romanovs’ final residence

The Romanovs | Recommended Reading

Romanov Sisters - Rappaport

The Romanov Sisters

by Helen Rappaport

Tsar - Kurth

Tsar: The Lost World of Nicholas & Alexandra

by Peter Kurth

Family Romanov - Fleming

The Family Romanov

by Candace Fleming

Lifelong Passion - Mironenko

A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas & Alexandra, Their Own Story

by Andrei Maylunas & Sergei Mironenko

Anne Sullivan & Helen Keller | Online Resources

Perkins School for the Blind

Anne Sullivan Macy online history museum and photo gallery; also includes information on Laura Bridgman

Ivy Green

Take a virtual tour of Helen Keller’s childhood home, complete with photos and floorplans of the house and grounds

Helen Keller Kids Museum

Photos, biography, and media clips — including the only known recording of Anne Sullivan’s voice

Anne Sullivan Macy, by Nella Braddy

Read the entire text of this rare, out-of-print biographical source for Miss Spitfire, written by Annie & Helen’s close friend

The Story of My Life, by Helen Keller

Read Helen Keller’s classic 1903 autobiography

Anne Sullivan & Helen Keller | Recommended Reading

Helen's Eyes - Delano

Helen's Eyes: A Photobiography of Annie Sullivan

by Marfe Ferguson Delano

Beyond the Miracle Worker - Nielsen

Beyond the Miracle Worker

by Kim E. Nielsen

Teacher - Helen Keller

Teacher: Anne Sullivan Macy

by Helen Keller

She Touched the World - Alexander

She Touched the World

by Sally Hobart Alexander