Welcome to Cynthia Howerter – all things historical. Because I’m a history buff who loves to write, it’s a natural fit for me to write about American history.


I heard you groan. And I understand why: you hate history. And why wouldn’t you? We all remember those high school history classes that bored. us. to. death. But history does not have to be boring. It can be fun. And interesting. It should be fun and interesting. And, in my opinion, it should feel alive.


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Why did we hate history class?


Because teachers spewed out boring facts and tons of dates—which meant nothing to us. Who cared that on December 25, 1776, George Washington crossed the Delaware? Not me. Not you. Thanks to fact-happy instructors, most of us grew up with a lifelong distaste for anything related to history.


My website might turn you into a history lover.


I’ll tell you the stories behind historical events—such as why George Washington wanted his army to cross the treacherous ice-filled Delaware River during a blizzard that Christmas night. Were you aware that many of his soldiers were teenage farm boys—most of whom had no shoes or winter clothing when they climbed into the boats? Did you know that several men froze to death after crossing the river—or that Washington would have died a traitor’s death at the end of a rope had the British captured him?


Would you like to learn how to research your family history?


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Would you like to attend a reenactment of a Revolutionary War battle?


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Would you love to know where you can eat in an 18th century restaurant while being serenaded by colonial musicians?



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Whether it’s articles about colonial food, clothing, daily life, ordinary people, historic events, reenactments, places you can visit, how to research your family’s history, or the story behind Washington’s crossing, there’s something of interest for everyone at Cynthia Howerter – all things historical.


Why have I started a historical website?


History runs in my family. My fourth-great-grandfather, Colonel John Kelly, crossed the Delaware with George Washington. At the Battle of Princeton, New Jersey, he single-handedly destroyed a bridge that separated the American and British armies. Had the British crossed that bridge, they would have annihilated Washington’s army. Later, Colonel Kelly led a ranger militia unit on Pennsylvania’s frontier to protect settlers from British-allied Indian attacks.


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When I was young, my grandmother explained that Colonel Kelly’s Scot-Irish blood flows through my veins. As an adult, I’ve spent the past twenty-six years researching the times he lived in. I’ve come to realize that I have a personal link to our country’s history—as well as a responsibility to pass that knowledge on.


Who is Cynthia Howerter – all things historical written for?


  • adults
  • students of all ages
  • homeschoolers
  • teachers
  • reformed history-haters


It’s for people with questions about who, why, where, when, and how things once happened in our land. It’s for those who love the story behind the facts.


It’s for YOU.


I’ll publish articles once or twice a month. If you enjoy a post, please share it with others by using the provided social share buttons for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest or by good old-fashioned word-of-mouth. Sign up to receive notifications of new articles via email. To access my website directly, go to: cynthiahowerter.com  Let me know what you think; I value you and your feedback. To leave a comment, click on “Comments” underneath the article’s title.


History—real history—flows through my veins. I hope you’ll stick around and let it flow through yours as well.

Cynthia Howerter



IMG_1553 -CH web 300x300Award-winning author Cynthia Howerter loves using her training in education, research, writing, and speaking to teach and inspire others about a time in America that was anything but boring. A member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Cynthia believes that history should be alive and personal.

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