Friday, July 3, 2015

Book Giveaway Times 2!

Today is a TWO-FER!

It's all about the TWOS.

Two authors,

Gabrielle Meyer and Erica Vetsch! We met a few years ago and found we have so much in common! We love history and museums and Minnesota and books. We both have lots of curly hair, and we have a passion for historical romance.

Erica and Gabrielle at a writer's group meeting.


Two novella collections,

We were both thrilled when our stories were chosen to be included in TWO different novella collections, The Most Eligible Bachelor and The Convenient Bride. Doubly exciting is the fact that these two novellas  were Gabrielle's FIRST PUBLISHED WORKS! SQUEE!



Four Brides and a Bachelor by Gabrielle Meyer
and The Archaeologist's Find by Erica Vetsch

A Bride for Josette by Gabrielle Meyer and
A Bride for Bear by Erica Vetsch



Two books releasing on the same day, (For Erica)

July 1st was launch day for two different books! The above-mentioned Convenient Bride Collection AND The Cactus Creek Challenge!
A schoolmarm and a sheriff trade places for a month
 and chaos ensues in a small Texas town.


9 stories of Marriages of Convenience that
turn into true love!



Two Minnesotans,

Gabrielle is Minnesotan born and bred, residing in the charming central-Minnesota town of Little Falls. Erica is a transplanted Kansan who has lived in Southeast Minnesota for more than twenty years. She calls Rochester home.

Two Homeschool moms,


Once upon a long time ago at Erica's house...Heather and James
hard at work in the schoolroom.
Gabrielle's beautiful daughter reading on the banks of the
mighty Mississippi River. Homeschool al fresco!

Two history geeks,

When Gabrielle and Erica get together they talk about three things: Books, Writing, and History Museums. They both have 'Visit all the Minnesota State Historical Society Sites" on their bucket list, and they've never met a history museum they didn't love.


Erica coming out of a log cabin at the Vesterheim Museum



Gabrielle and her girls at the Smithsonian


Two sets of twins,

Gabrielle has an adorable set of twin boys in addition to her two lovely girls. Asher and Judah will head off to kindergarten next year!


Gabrielle with her twin boys, Asher and Judah at her first book signing!

And in Erica's book The Cactus Creek Challenge, she wrote about two little scene-stealers named Ulysses and Quincy who are endearing and naughty and funny and...explosive.

Ulysses and Quincy, the templates for the twins in The Cactus Creek Challenge


One super-fun giveaway!

To celebrate these new releases, two friends are conspiring to give away a fun prize package.

1 copy of The Convenient Bride Collection, 1 copy of The Cactus Creek Challenge, 1 pound of Dunn Bros. Coffee, and 1 box of Chocolates


Love how the sunbeams are streaming in the window. :)


And as a bonus, we'll give away a copy of The Most Eligible Bachelor to another winner!




a Rafflecopter giveaway


Winner of last week's giveaway, "Love's Rescue" by Christine Johnson, is DK STEVENS

99 comments:

  1. Aahh! This is a great giveaway! And wow you two really do have a lot in common! I laughed out loud at the twins part! Lol.

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    1. :) I love the many ways we are alike. Of course, she's much younger than I am, but I forgive her. :D

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    2. It's crazy! All that we have in common--and the twins part!! :)

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  2. Woo Hoo it's a DOUBLE BLESSING DAY! Congratulations Gabe and Erica on your releases.

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    1. Thank you, Caryl! We for sure are blessed in so many ways!

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    2. Yes, double blessings, indeed. :) Actually, when we named our twins, my husband wanted to find a name for one of the boys that meant double blessing. We settled on Asher, which means "happy and blessed" while Judah means "praise God." :) The blessings keep flowing in all areas of our lives. Thank you for stopping by, Caryl! You're one of those blessings.

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  3. Awesome and congrats on both books, Last museum would f been in Chicago.
    Blessings
    Diana

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    1. Thank you, Diana...there are some fabulous museums in Chicago. One I really want to see is the museum at the Oriental Institute. I love Egyptology and they have a fabulous collection there.

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    2. Oooo, I've never been to a museum in Chicago. I'd love to go. Sounds like a road trip, Erica! :)

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    3. For sure!!! It would take us a veeeeery long time to see everything, but I'm game!

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  4. Last museum I visited would have been in Chicago. Museum of Science and Industry.

    Blessings!
    Judy B

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    1. Ooo! That's a good one. The Submarine, the chicks hatching, the coal mine...:)

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    2. I starting to feel like I'm missing out not going to Chicago. We've only ever driven through...I'll have to add it to my museum bucket list. :) Thanks for stopping by, Judy!

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  5. Brenda ArringtonJuly 3, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Thanks for this great giveaway. Enjoyed reading about you both.

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    1. Hi, Brenda! Thanks for dropping by the blog! :)

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  6. There's a very country museum a few miles from where I live, in a couple of old barns. That's the last one I visited. We have a museum at the University of Alabama I went to when I was in grammar school. The most fascinating thing to me there was a shrunken head! My favorite though was the Smithsoniam in Washington. Didn't get to spend nearly enough time there and would love to go back. This is a super great giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity!

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    1. I love those little country museums. There's usually a docent there who is just dying for somebody to come in to visit with about all their neat stuff.

      I saw a shrunken head at the Field Museum in Chicago when I was a little girl...it gave me the creeps!

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    2. Erica is right, those smaller museums can be just as much fun and interesting as the bigger ones, though I've found that museum employees and volunteers are almost always eager to share what they know! I was a docent for 10 years at the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site and I'm STILL eager to tell anyone I meet what I know! :) I was just at the Smithsonian (Air & Space and American History) this past April and there's never, ever enough time to see it all.

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  7. Wow, I think the last major museum I visited was the Museum of Art in Chicago a loooong time ago. Since then I have been in some small museums at lighthouses.

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    1. I love lighthouses. My favorite is Split Rock on the north shore of Lake Superior. I recently visited the St. Augustine Light in Florida. Sadly, my fear of heights got to me...the scores of open-metal-grating stairs...sigh. My husband went to the top and took lots of pictures though.

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    2. I also love lighthouses, and one of my favorites is also Split Rock on Lake Superior. I was in St. Augustine, but we didn't have time to see nearly as much as we would have liked. All this museum talk is making me itch to go visit one... :)

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    1. Thank you, Carla!! :) So nice to see you here today.

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    2. Thanks, Carla! :) I was so happy to be in a collection with YOU this past winter!

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  9. Congrats on the book releases! The last museum I visited was the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention in Bellingham, WA.

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    1. Now that sounds like an incredible museum, Jen!! I'd love to go there. I'd love to go to WA in general, too. :)

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    2. I've never been to WA before. *scribbling Spark Museum into must-visit notebook* :)

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  10. Congrats on the release ladies . I love the covers on these books and wouldclovecto win . Read Erica Vetsch " Cactus Creek Challenge " and loved it . Please enter me in the giveaway . Thanks
    lizd225(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I can't wait to read The Cactus Creek Challenge!! I love Erica's writing and the premise of the story sounds delightful. :) Thanks for stopping by, Elizabeth!

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    2. Hey, Liz! So glad you enjoyed Cactus Creek. :)

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  11. I would love to read these books they sound wonderful. Is this giveaway open to canadian residents??

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    1. Lisa, due to the high cost of international postage, we have to limit the giveaway of the main prize to US residents only, but if you win the second prize, a copy of The Most Eligible Bachelor collection, I can send you an e-copy of the book. :)

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    2. Crazy how close Erica and I are to Canada and it's still crazy-expensive to mail something there. Good luck winning the e-book version, Lisa!

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    3. Thank you both for answering and thats fine,i just wanted to make sure before i entered.

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  12. Congrats, Erica & Gabrielle!! Can't wait to read those novella collections!! The last historical tour I did was by car with Carrie Pagels in the Yorktown, Va. area this past May (does that count, lol??) - so much wonderful history and beautiful sites/buildings there, unfortunately, it was raining and I was on my home to Ky., and couldn't spend another night in the area (hence the car tour). Loved it!!

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    1. I've got Visit Virginia on my to-do list. I want to visit Richmond and the Museum of the Confederacy there. I visited Kentucky last summer and loved it! Saw my first plantation home and Mary Todd Lincoln's home and so much more.

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    2. There are so many things about your comment that make me smile, Bonnie! Carrie Pagels and Yorktown, Virginia are just two of them. :)

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  13. Last museum I visited was The Museum of Natural Science. Thanks for the chance to win the books. I love your sense of humor which shows up in y'alls books. .

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    1. Natural Science museums are so fascinating, aren't they? History and science all wrapped into one. :)

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    2. Ooo, one of my favorite Museums of Natural History is in Denver, although I've also been to the one in London and that was amazing, too! So fun to think about all these wonderful museums today. :)

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  15. I'd have to say probably (at least outside) the History Center of Olmsted County for vintage base ball (which both my husband and I play...1860 rules). We visit a lot of history centers throughout the year so I count most of those as museums too. We always were at the Gateway Arch museum last summer.

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    1. The Roosters! :) I visited HCOC for the wedding gown display not long ago. :)

      Isn't the museum under the Arch fascinating?

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    2. Yes, the Roosters. :) Good fun! Yes, that museum is. It'd been years and years since I had been there too. I want to go back, though.

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    3. I was just in St. Louis last fall and didn't have time for the museum! Bummer. Hopefully next time. And the Olmsted County museum sounds fascinating. I'm a bit partial to county museums since I worked at our local Morrison County museum in college. :)

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    4. When you next come to Rochester, we can visit HCOC and the Dodge County Historical Society museum...and visit my Red Cross Signature Quilt! :)

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  16. Double the fun!! Congratulations, ladies! Wishing you both much success with your wonderful stories!!

    A couple of years ago, we were in Abilene and visited the Frontier Texas Museum. As life-long Texans, we enjoyed learning more about the history of our great state.

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    1. As a Kansan, when you said Abilene, my mind went right to Kansas!

      One museum I can't wait to see when I get to TX in Sept. is the Texas Civil War Museum in Ft. Worth. It looks amazing! :)

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    2. I love learning more about my home state, too, Britney. It always makes me smile when I hear someone learned something new about where they live (and enjoyed it!). Erica, that sound like a fabulous museum!!! You'll have to tell me when you're going... :)

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    3. Peter is driving me, so maybe we can get a crew together to see it. :D

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  17. I last visited the C Grier Truck Museum in Cherryville NC! It's all about the Carolina Trucking Co. :)

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    1. Neat! How old is the Carolina Trucking Company? In my current WIP, the heroine is from Raleigh, and her aunt's name is Carolina. :)

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    2. That sounds like a fun museum! We have the SPAM museum here in Austin, MN, which I've never been to, but would love to see. It's fascinating how many odd and interesting museums are out there!

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    3. Adding SPAM museum to Gabe's "visiting Erica" list. :D It's fun, it's free, and you don't have to eat the samples! :D

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    4. Confession: I loved SPAM sandwiches as a child! My aunt always made them for me. It's probably been 25 years since I've had one, but me and SPAM go way back. :)

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    5. That would be a place where our lives are NOT similar then! :D

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  18. We went to Fort McHenry, birthplace of The Star Spangled Banner, on Tuesday.

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    1. How appropriate for this time of year! Is the fort amazing?

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    2. That sounds amazing, Kathy!! I saw the real Star Spangled Banner at the Smithsonian American History Museum in April. Goosebump worthy!

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  19. Congratulations to both of you!! The last museum I visited was at Fort Campbell in Kentucky about the Screaming Eagles, it was fantastic!! I also think the travel bug bit me again, I'm going to have to visit Minnesota again soon!!

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    1. We'd love to have you in Minnesota! Between Erica and I, we could make you a museum itinerary that would have you busy for a month! :)

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    2. This is a great time of year to visit MN! :) We have 9 months of winter and 3 months of pretty poor sledding. :D

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    3. Lol, I love it!! I will definitely let you know if I'll be heading that way!! :)

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  20. I haven't been to any museums for awhile but I have visited three historical homes in central Kentucky; The Waveland Estate, The Henry Clay Estate and White Hall! So much history!
    jennydtipton at gmail dot com

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    1. You said two of my favorite words: historical home. :) I worked at a historic home for ten years and love visiting one whenever I have a chance. Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer!

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    2. That had to of been so much fun working at a historical home!
      I actually just got The Most Eligible Bachelor and I'm looking forward to reading it.

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    3. I visited Waveland and the Henry Clay estate just last summer! The library wood carving at Ashland was so beautiful!

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  21. My late husband and I used to visit lots of museums. I guess the last museum we visited together was the History Museum at Atlantic Beach, NC. It's great! I loved learning about the woman spy during the Civil War.
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    1. Oooo! When I visited Kentucky I got a book on women soldiers and spies in the Civil War. Very interesting!

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    2. Love researching the Civil War, especially women's involvement. Thanks for stopping by!

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  22. The Art Institute of Chicago- it was incredible!!! It's kind of a rush to be within a foot or two of some pretty famous art, and just as amazing to discover art I hadn't seen before but loved as much.

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    1. I have the Art Institute of Chicago on my list, too! I want to see the Thorne Miniature Rooms.

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    2. I'd love to visit the Art Institute in Chicago! It always gives me a thrill to be so close to famous works of art and imagine the hands that created it. :) Good luck in the drawing, Heidi!

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  23. The last one must've been the Corning Museum of Glass.
    ~Charis

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    1. Hi, Charis, I had to look up the museum online. It looks amazing!

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    2. Ooo, sounds fascinating! I'll have to check it out, too. :)

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  24. Our local Museum.. I use to be a Railroad station & is now the museum. A great-great-grandfather was one of the founders of our town & we enjoy learning more about our town & family history :)

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    1. Local museums are so much fun, especially when you have a family tie. :)

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    2. Sounds wonderful, Deanne! I love local museums, and like Erica said, it's even better when you have a personal tie.

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  25. The last museum I visited was a local one, The Old Mill Museum, in Lindsborg, Kansas. I went with second graders to Mill Fest in May.

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    1. Second graders are so much fun! They have an insatiable love to learn about the past. So happy you took them to a local museum!

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    2. Awww, I visited the Lindsborg mill when I was in about 5th grade. I was born and raised in Salina. :)

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  26. The last museums we visited were in Gettysburg, PA. We spent a day museum and house touring, what fun ! Congratulations on the release of these books, really looking forward to reading these. Thank you for the generous giveaway !

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    1. Thank you, Deanne! I love Gettysburg! We were able to tour the battlefields when we were there and went to the museum. The First Minnesota played a major role in the battle of Gettysburg and it was powerful to find the monument.

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    2. Deanne, I am eager to see Gettysburg! I'm sure I will cry when I see the monument to the First Minnesota Volunteers. I cried when I saw the monument to the Second MN at Chickamauga. History is a powerful thing.

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  27. I visited a museum at Fort Chadbourne near Bronte TX

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    1. I'm researching Texas frontier forts. My next WIP is set at Fort Bliss. :)

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    2. Sounds fascinating! I haven't done much research on Texas, but I'd love to.

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  28. The last museum I visited was the Baltimore Museum of Art, not quite a month ago. Really enjoyed it - and it was free!

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    1. Nothing beats free! :) I love when museums are open and free to the public. It enables so many people to enjoy the treasures within.

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    2. I would love to visit Baltimore. I have a fascinating book on the Baltimore Fire and would love to visit a history museum or two in Baltimore.

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  29. Appomattox Courthouse Museum in April. :) Have much planning, praying, and begging I was able to visit Appomattox during the 150th Anniversary. It was a dream come true and I loved every minute of it.

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    1. Sounds like an amazing visit--especially on the 150th Anniversary! Wow. Thanks for sharing. :)

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    2. What a special time to visit a special place!

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  30. The last museum we visited was the Garibaldi Museum (OR). Their mission is to "Enhance the maritime heritage of the Pacific Northwest by focusing on Captain Robert Gray and the historic vessels, the Lady Washington and Columbia Rediviva"
    It was quite interesting to learn the history of Captain Gray! Another quote from their website: "The Columbia Redivivia, was the first American ship to enter the Pacific Ocean; the first American ship to carry Pacific Northwest trade to China; and the first American ship to circumnavigate the globe."
    Though a small museum, I think you might find it quite fascinating in maritime history!

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    1. That sounds like a wonderful museum! :)

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  31. The last museum I visited was the Ky. Historical Museum in Frankfort, Ky. It was a beautiful day spent with my children exploring Ky.'s history.

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