Page 12. " At age eleven you don't get very impressed with red-winged blackbirds. "

The red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) is native to North and Central America.


Red-winged Blackbird
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Page 15. " What is in mind is a sort of Chautauqua - that's the only name I can think of for it "

Chautauqua was a movement of travelling education tents. Like a modern-day circus, a Chautauqua assembly would stay several days in each place. Lectures, music and storytelling would be on offer. There were many different forms of Chautauqua during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries in the USA, including evangelical, secular and entertainment assemblies. The name Chautauqua comes from the place-name of the first assembly in New York State.


Chautauqua tent
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