My Travels Into History

Non-Fiction - Autobiography
66 Pages
Reviewed on 05/21/2020
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

History is all around us. Historic sites tell the story of our beginnings in an interesting way. There’s colonial Williamsburg, Monticello, Mount Vernon, Fort Ticonderoga and so many other places of historic interest. Why not hop on the train (or a bus) and tour the country, stopping at various places along the way to soak up the history? Stories and scenic vistas are everywhere you go. And the people you meet along the way add their own story to the mix.

Randy Schriefels’s book, My Travels Into History, is an interesting study of historic places in the eastern United States. It’s written in journal format, documenting the author’s visits to these historic sites. He describes the trip, the people he meets, the scenic views, and the significance of each historic site he visits. The best part of this book is the photographs which provide a visual element to the epic visit. With detailed photo captions, this adds some depth to the travel journal narrative. The sites the author visits are not in any particular order (neither historically or geographically), which makes this read like a more casual look at the history around us. The author’s intent is to share his experiences, memories, and historical research in the hopes of encouraging others to look at the history around them and perhaps write of their own experiences. A very pleasant and engaging read. There is a lot of history in this book, coupled with personal insight.