Edward and Elizabeth Winslow – Mayflower Survivors

Edward and Elizabeth Winslow, two of the eighteen couples aboard the 1620 Mayflower voyage, most likely met in Leiden, in the Netherlands. A few hundred English Separatists lived in exile there before a small group of them crossed the Atlantic to establish a new English colony. They grew up in a tumultuous time in England’s history and left England for Holland as young adults. They married in Leiden in 1618. Elizabeth, acting on her own […]

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Stephen and Elizabeth Hopkins – Mayflower Survivors

The Stephen Hopkins Family traveled to Plymouth, MA on the Mayflower in 1620. Stephen and Elizabeth are one of the more famous and fascinating pair among the eighteen couples on board. Stephen traveled with his second wife, Elizabeth Fisher Hopkins, and three children. Elizabeth was pregnant with a fourth child when they boarded the ship. This was Stephen’s second cross-Atlantic voyage; all the more impressive considering he was shipwrecked for ten months on his first trip. […]

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William and Dorothy Bradford – Mayflower Voyagers

William and Dorothy Bradford were among the eighteen couples on the famous 1620 Mayflower voyage from England to New England. History has preserved a great deal of information about this Separatist couple since Dorothy’s husband, father, and grandfather were all involved in various religious movements that made the history books. These groups  objected to the practices and doctrines of the Established Church of England in the 1500 and 1600s. That history, combined with the Dorothy’s […]

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Happy Thanksgiving Then and Now

This audio clip from “Houston Matters” producer Michael Hagerty covers some elements of the story of the first Thanksgiving we often miss – including one that might sound all too familiar to us these days. Adding Some Historical Context To The Story Of The First Thanksgiving November 3, 2020 Houston Matters Houston writer Kathy Haueisen, a direct descendant of pilgrims, discusses her book, Mayflower Chronicles – The Tale of Two Cultures. While most of us learned some […]

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An Imperfect World

This week’s blog is a series of excerpts from an interview I did with Ben Tanzer, which he published as “An Imperfect World” in Coil Literary Magazine. The full article is 4500 words. This is a considerably condensed version. An Imperfect World: Ben Tanzer talks with Kathryn Brewster Haueisen about the Mayflower, pandemics, & giving voice to Native Americans in her new book. To speak with Kathy Haueisen is an education about the story of the Mayflower and […]

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