Because I Can

Writer’s Homes



Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House

399 Lexington Road Concord, Massachusetts 01742


The Beat Museum

540 Broadway San Francisco, California 94133


William Cullen Bryant Homestead

207 Bryant Road Cummington, Massachusetts 01026


Pearl S. Buck Birthplace

P.O. Box 126 Hillsboro, West Virginia 24946


Pearl S. Buck House

Pearl S. Buck International 520 Dublin Road Perkasie, Pennsylvania 18944


Truman Capote and Harper Lee, Old Courthouse Museum

31 North Alabama Avenue Monroeville, Alabama 36460


The Willa Cather Foundation

413 North Webster Street Red Cloud, Nebraska 68970


Emily Dickinson Museum – The Homestead and The Evergreens

280 Main Street Amherst, Massachusetts 01002


Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

1411 W Street SE Washington, District of Columbia 20020


Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, Concord Museum

200 Lexington Road Concord, Massachusetts 01742


Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Old Manse

269 Monument Street Concord, Massachusetts 01742


William Faulkner’s Rowan Oak

917 Old Taylor Road Oxford, Mississippi 38655


The Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum

919 Felder Avenue Montgomery, Alabama 36106


Robert Frost Farm

122 Rockingham Road Derry, New Hampshire 03038


Alex Haley Museum and Interpretive Center

200 South Church Street Henning, Tennessee 38041


Joel Chandler Harris, The Wren’s Nest

1050 Ralph David Albernathy Boulevard Atlanta, Georgia 30310


Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of the Seven Gables

115 Derby Street Salem, Massachusetts 01970


The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park

200 Oak Park Ave Oak Park, Illinois 60302


Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center

1021 West Cherry Street Piggott, Arkansas 72454


Washington Irving’s Sunnyside

Historic Hudson Valley 639 Bedford Road Pocantico Hills, New York 10591


Helen Hunt Jackson, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

215 S. Tejon St. Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903


Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center (Historic New England)

5 Portland St. South Berwick, Maine 03908


Frances Parkinson Keyes, The Beauregard-Keyes House

1113 Chartres Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70116


Jack London State Historic Park

2400 London Ranch Road Glen Ellen, California 95442


Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site

105 Brattle Street Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138


Wadsworth-Longfellow House & Garden

489 Congress Street Portland, Maine 04101


Herman Melville’s Arrowhead

780 Holmes Road Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201


Edna St. Vincent Millay Society at Steepletop

436 East Hill Road Austerlitz, New York 12017


Margaret Mitchell House

990 Peachtree Street Atlanta, Georgia 30309


John Muir National Historic Site

4202 Alhambra Ave. Martinez, California 94553


Flannery O’Connor, Andalusia Farm

P.O. Box 947 Milledgeville, Georgia 31059


Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site

P.O. Box 280 Danville, California 95426


William Sidney Porter, O. Henry Museum

409 East 5th Street Austin, Texas 78701


Poe Baltimore

203 N Amity St Baltimore, Maryland 21223


Poe Museum

1914-16 East Main Street Richmond, Virginia 23223


James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home

528 Lockerbie Street Indianapolis, Indiana 46202


Will Rogers Memorial Museum

1720 West Will Rogers Blvd. Claremore, Oklahoma 74017


Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

81 Carl Sandburg Lane Flat Rock, North Carolina 28731


National Steinbeck Center

1 Main Street Salinas, California 93901


Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

77 Forest Street Hartford, Connecticut 06105


Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site

1205 Pleasant Point Rome City, Indiana 46784


Thurber House

77 Jefferson Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43215


Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum

120 North Main Hannibal, Missouri 63401


The Mark Twain House & Museum

351 Farmington Avenue Hartford, Connecticut 06105


Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

The Emelie Building  340 N. Senate Avenue Indianapolis, Indiana 46204


Noah Webster House

227 South Main St. West Hartford, Connecticut 06107


Eudora Welty House and Garden

1109 Pinehurst Street  Jackson , Mississippi 39202


Edith Wharton, The Mount

2 Plunkett St. Lenox, Massachusetts 01240


Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center

246 Old Walt Whitman Road Huntington Station, New York 11746


Whittier Birthplace

305 Whittier Road Haverhill, Massachusetts 01830


Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, Walnut Grove

330 8th Street Walnut Grove, Minnesota 56180


Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum

3068 Highway A Mansfield, Missouri 65704


Thomas Wolfe Memorial

52 North Market Street Asheville, North Carolina 28801


In Addition


The Walter Cronkite Memorial, St. Joseph, Missouri

Missouri Western State University
4525 Downs Drive
Spratt Hall Atrium
Saint Joseph, MO 64507

Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.




A Place Called Home

Ulysses S. Grant is known as the victorious Civil War general who saved the Union and the 18th President of the United States. He first met Julia Dent, his future wife, at her family home, named White Haven. From 1854 to 1859 the Dents, Grants and an enslaved African-American workforce lived on the property.


7400 Grant Road
St. Louis, MO 63123





The Civil War doesn’t usually bring submarines top of mind. It might surprise you to know that a number of submarines were used by both sides. In fact, the Confederates carried out the first ever submarine to attack to successfully sink an enemy ship.

On February 17, 1864, the 40-foot long H.L. Hunley crept up on a union blockade in the outer harbor of Charleston, South Carolina. The Hunley’s 8-man crew crammed into the hull less than 4 feet wide and just over 4 feet tall. They manually cranked a propeller to sneak up on their target at night.

As the sub had repeatedly sunk during deadly trial runs, the crew was ordered not to fully submerge. Still, they kept a low enough profile to avoid detection until it was too late for the enemy. Their mission: stick a “spar torpedo” to the hull of the Union sloop USS Housatonic. They had no sonar and no self-propelled torpedoes. They simply had 90 pounds of black powder on the end of a 22-foot-long wooden stick.

After ramming the spar into their target, the submarine crew tried to get to a safe distance before detonation. Housatonic crew members spotted the sub and began shooting at it with rifles and pistols. The metal tube was just 100 feet away when the blast went off.

Exactly what happened next is unclear, but the Hunley sank yet again, taking all 8 submariners to the bottom of the harbor. Some historians speculate the submarine was damaged by the blast. Some say it was accidentally rammed by another Union vessel coming to rescue Housatonic sailors. Others contend that the Hunley crew simply ran out of oxygen.

The Hunley was pulled up from the bottom of the sea in the year 2000. It is currently being studied and renovated by a conservation team in a custom-built freshwater tank. If you happen to be in North Charleston, South Carolina, on a weekend you can take a tour of the conservation laboratory and see the sub for yourself.

Five Innovations from the Civil War




Steak Houses



Delmonico’s opened in 1837 in Manhattan’s Financial District. The steakhouse calls itself America’s “first fine-dining restaurant,” and executive chef Billy Oliva continues that tradition with a modern


The Baked Alaska is another reputed Delmonico’s first. This dessert, an ice cream cake covered in toasted meringue, is still a popular treat at the steakhouse.  Noah Fecks


Keens, which opened in 1885, is another classic NYC steakhouse.  Keens Steakhouse

The Legendary Mutton Chop is the most famous dish at Keens; a two inch-thick, 26-ounce piece of meat served with an au jus sauce spooned over the top.  Keens Steakhouse


The Keens Aged Prime Porterhouse can be ordered for two or three people to share. This cut is served on a sizzling platter with the bone sticking straight up in the air.  Keens Steakhouse


Charlie Petrossi opened Charlie’s Steak House in New Orleans in 1932. The restaurant remains true to its original mission, offering steak and a cold drink in a decidedly unpretentious environment.  Dryades Entertainment


Chicago’s Gene & Georgetti opened in 1941, and three-quarters of a century later the steakhouse continues to be a family-run business. Over the years, celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope have eaten here.  Gene & Georgetti


Las Vegas’ Golden Steer Steakhouse may not be the oldest steakhouse in America (it opened in 1958), but it is certainly a classic. It has been a hangout for mobsters and celebrities over the years, including Sammy Davis Jr. who was welcomed there when he wasn’t at other establishments because of his race.  Chris Wessling


Two friends opened Jess & Jim’s in 1938. This Martin City, Mo. steakhouse is just south of Kansas City, and serves prime beef that is hand cut daily.  Michael Mihalevich



Texas seems like an obvious choice for a good steak. Cattlemen’s has been serving them up in the Fort Worth Stockyards District since 1947. Nowadays, if you can’t make it in, you can visit the restaurant’s website and have a steak shipped to your home.   Cattlemen’s Steakhouse

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