Society of the Old West

From early westward expansion through the early 20th Century.

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Now That's Really Living History

Long, long ago, in what seems like a galaxy far, far away, and long before I started writing the Luke and Jenny books, I created my first living history character, a composite WWII era housewife, and I did presentations about the WWII home front here in the States.  The idea was to teach people, particularly kids, about the patriotism and sacrifice of The Greatest Generation.  That was when I wrote my first book, a self published WWII era compilation of historic food rationing recipes along… Continue

Added by Gayle Martin on January 30, 2011 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

Blogs and Forums

I wanted to let you know we've made a minor change to the Main Page by decreasing the blogs and increasing the discussion topics.


We have a couple of technical glitches with the blogs.  Ning has set them to a "must be pre-approved" mode that makes posting a blog a pain in the butt for most of you, and I am unable to change that setting.  The…


Added by Gayle Martin on January 12, 2011 at 8:48am — 3 Comments

Happy Anniversary SOTOW

Some said it couldn't be done... but we're still here.

It was a year ago that the Society of the Old West Network premiered on Ning, and for those of you who are new here is how it all started.

I had been a regular contributor over on the True West forum, and for a time True West was a great place to be because the administrators stayed on top of things and the occasional trouble-makers who showed up were quickly given the boot. Then one day Bob Bell decided he wanted to… Continue

Added by Gayle Martin on December 2, 2010 at 11:30pm — 6 Comments

Uylsses S. Grant Memoirs

Just got back from a weekend writer's conference, and learned a bit of interesting historical trivial from the keynote speaker. Did you all know that the bestselling book in the 19th Century was Uylsses S. Grant's memoirs?

He explained that Grant had to give up his army pension when he ran for President, and that later in life he became impoverished. In order to secure that his widow wouldn't become destitute after his death he wrote his memoirs. They are still in print today. You… Continue

Added by Gayle Martin on September 26, 2010 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Dragoon Revolvers

Anyone have any historical info about the Dragoons? I understand they were heavy revolvers used during the Civil War and were carried west by the veterans after the conflict (if I remember right). Were they converted to fire cartridges? And what was a "Baby Dragoon?"

Added by Carbine on September 18, 2010 at 1:13pm — 4 Comments

Community Guidelines and Why We Have Them

As we are all too painfully aware, a former member has decided to use the True West forum to launch a very vindictive attack against SOTOW, and, not surprisingly, a couple of other former members have chimed in to state how repressive and unfair we all are.

I was once a very active member of the True West forum. At that time BBB ran a classy site. When the occasional trouble maker came along, as they always do, they were immediately removed, and other members would publicly thank the… Continue

Added by Gayle Martin on September 8, 2010 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

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