Who am I?
Hello my name is Kayla Friedlund and welcome to the world of the history facts you actually want to know.
I am a twenty nine year old passionate historian that wants to give you an easy place to come and check out a break down of the history you wish your teachers would have taught you.
The interesting, the weird, the useful stuff.
I will be including history from all over the world and from all different eras.
You could study history for every second of every day and not ever know 1% of the history that there is to know. That is why I love history and have decided to make this a place where we can come and discover together everyday.
I recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls majoring in History with a minor in Political Science. Drop me an email for any topics you are interested in and what you want to read more of!
What is my favorite era in history to study?
This is a very hard question, I literally love almost everything and every era. From the history of cars and airplanes, to the colonial period, to WWI & WWII, to the evolving governments in Europe. But I would have to say that my all time favorite era to study is 1763 to about 1812. The revolutionary war, the writing and establishment of the constitution, and the first 15 years of the presidency are filled with crazy drama that puts House of Cards to shame.
When did I realize how much I liked history?
I remember the moment exactly. I was in third grade. My dad is a history buff and started us kids young on the war movie train. One Saturday night we watched Memphis Belle, and I just remember laying in bed that night thinking "ohmygosh, i have to know more..." And that was that.
I was also the weird kid that painted murals of WWII B-17 airplanes in her spare time.
What have been my favorite historical places to visit?
I could give you a list that would go all day, but I'll give you one that I just visited recently. Independence Hall, Philadelphia.
It was the coolest. Standing in the same room that the founders discussed, planned, and debated was surreal.
Ask my family, I was almost in tears.
All of Philadelphia is filled with so much history! Watch upcoming posts for some highlights!
What are you favorite history movies/documentaries?
1. Memphis Belle - 2. Parkland - 2. Band of Brothers - 3. John Adams - 4. Saving Private Ryan - 5. Bloody Sunday - 6. Valkyrie - 7. A Bridge Too Far - 8. Glory - 9. Black Hawk Down - 10. The Patriot - 11. The Last of the Mohicans - 12. The Conspirator - 13. Thirteen Days - 14. The Longest Day - 15. Master and Commander - 16. Gettysburg - 17. Where Eagles Dare 18. U-571 - 19.The Men Who Built America - 20. The World Wars - 21. We Were Soldiers - 22. Turn - 23. Patton - 24. Vikings - 25. Lincoln - 26. Gods and Generals - 27. The Devil's Brigade -
What are you favorite books?
1. Hamilton by Ron Chernow - 2. Empire of Liberty by Gordon S. Wood - 3. What Hath God Wrought by Daniel Walker Howe - 4. Storm of War by Andrew Roberts - 5. American Sphinx by Joseph J Ellis - 6. Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow - 7. John Adams by David McCullough - 8. His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis - 9. Lincoln by David Herbert Donald - 10. Theodore Rex, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, and Colonel Roosevelt all written by Edmund Morris 11. Inferno: The World at War 1939-1945 by Max Hastings - 11. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom - 12. American Lion by Jon Meacham - 13. The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 by Margaret MacMillan - 14. The First World War John Keegan 15. Twilight of the Habsburgs: The Life and Times of Emperor Francis Joseph by Alan Palmer
And many more! Email me for suggestions!