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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

#TuesdayTreasure: Guest Post by Sarah Sundin!

Good Morning Friends,

Well, I made it back safe and sound from my little vacation. I'll be sharing treasures from the trip sometime in the near future.

Meanwhile, enjoy this Tuesday Treasure from Sarah Sundin, brought to you by Litfuse Publicity Group....

Wearing History

When I was young, I collected buttons. Hundreds of them—from vacations, political campaigns, events, and funny ones that caught my fancy. In my college dorm room, I mounted them on my bulletin board on a piece of fabric. Instant conversation piece! However, one button stayed at home to keep it safe.

My grandmother gave me this button from her childhood, when schoolchildren around the country saved their pennies to restore the USS Constitution, “Old Ironsides” herself.

Since I come from old New England stock and my parents love all things nautical, I was familiar with the Constitution and the story of the young United States Navy’s historic victory in the War of 1812. So I treasured this little metal piece of history and my grandmother’s small role in preserving the nation’s flagship.

When I was researching Through Waters Deep, which is set in Boston in 1941, I visited the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston. Since the book’s heroine works at the Boston Navy Yard (as it was called in 1941) and the hero serves on a destroyer, I spent a full day taking pictures and notes and touring the Constitution and the restored World War II destroyer USS Cassin Young.

Of course, I had to visit the gift shop. This bracelet caught my eye immediately. Then I read the attached tag. The jewelry was made from copper reclaimed during the recent restoration of the Constitution. From her very hull! So I bought it. And the earrings too.

With my pennies, I was able to continue the work my grandmother helped start ninety years ago.

And that’s something to treasure.

Sarah Sundin is the author of seven historical novels, including Through Waters Deep (Revell, August 2015). Her novel On Distant Shores was a double finalist for the 2014 Golden Scroll Awards. A mother of three, Sarah lives in northern California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies. She also enjoys speaking for church, community, or writers’ groups. You can find her at http://www.sarahsundin.com

Through Waters Deep can be purchased at Amazon in Hardcover, Paperback and for Kindle.

Well Friends, hope you enjoyed this week's treasure! 

Have collected similar items? Share them with us.

Until next time...take care and God Bless.


Allan J. Emerson said...

It's always nice when you find a personal connection to the past, isn't it, Sarah? Makes you feel part of something that previously was just a page in a book.

Tanya Hanson said...

What a wonderful way to he memories and history close. I enjoyed this post, Sarah...brought memories of our trip to Boston and visiting the Constitution not long ago. Best wishes always with your writing! Hi Pam! 💖

Sarah Sundin said...

Allan - thank you! It does :)

Tanya - I'm so glad you enjoyed Boston too!

marilyn leach said...

What a touching and dramatic story about your button and bracelet along with your grandmother. Thank you. Cheers

Lucy Naylor Kubash said...

The jewelry is lovely and a nice way to remember your trip. I love visiting historical sites and also buying jewelry!

Susan Coryell said...

I appreciate anything having to do with one's own family history--great background for writing!

MJ Schiller said...

I enjoyed reading this post. It reminded me of my own trip to Boston and touring The Constitution and USS Cassin Young. I love how Boston is a mix of old and new. (And we enjoyed The Black Rose ~ Irish pub!) Thank you for sharing!