Saturday, December 11, 2010


Introducing a brand new way to tell your friends about Our History Project. To make it easier to find us by finding us by what we do and provide "History Podcast". Podcasting history has been a great tool for us to reach not only the historical community but also the classroom. We have had a vast number of educators bring our History Podcast to their classroom and because of it we have been invited to speak in 4 States so far.

We will continue to bring you quality content and stories of Our America. If you know a history lover send them to or now to  .

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

William C. Hammond / Bill Hammond

William C.Hammond is a novelist, literary agent, and business consultant.

A lifelong student of history and a sailing enthusiast, he frequently sails on Lake Superior and off the coast of New England. He lives with his family in Minneapolis, MN. His first novel in the Cutler chronicles, A Matter of Honor, was published in 2007.

Bill has appeared on the Relic Roundup to talk about the artifacts left over from that time frame and is a guest on OHP Radio to discuss his new book; the second in the Richard Culter Series; "For Love of Country". His book and knowledge lead to a first ever here at Our History Project - an interview of an author of a historical fiction book. That says a lot of Bill.

Friday, March 19, 2010

OHP Radio - Best Of - Bob Slaughter

Our History Project - Bob Slaughter - D-Day - Omaha Beach

This week we where in multiple meetings and under a pen getting our first grant together. It has been a long time in coming and a lot to learn, but there are words on the page and reviews going out. So, we are excited about that. So, until next week enjoy a best of OHP production.

This week’s Show features Bob Slaughter, his personal experience and firsthand account of storming Omaha Beach on June 6th , 1945. Bob has had his account published under his given name “John Robert Slaughter” entitled “Omaha Beach and Beyond, The long march of Sgt. Bob Slaughter”. Read More About Bob Slaughter see Our History Project Authors Corner.

Our Review of the book will be released soon at Our History Project Book Review, so check back and see what we thought of the book.

Historic Travel

We also had a chance to speak with Mark Patterson of Pathfinder Tours who is taking Bob back to Normandy to recount his trials and tribulations there. Mark also hosts an Online Museum for World War 2 Collectors with text, documents, photos and finds. It can be found at World War II Paratroopers.

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Friday, March 12, 2010


ALLEN J. WIENER is the author of The Beatles: The Ultimate Recording Guide and co-author of Music of the Alamo. He has written for The Washington Post, People, American History, The Alamo Journal, The Crockett Chronicle, Western Clippings, Goldmine and Discoveries. He lives in Potomac, Maryland.

Current Work: David Crockett in Congress

OHP Radio - James R. Boylston

JAMES R. BOYLSTON has contributed important articles to The Alamo Journal and The Crockett Chronicle. He is the creator and moderator of the Alamo Studies online forum (, a web based discussion group devoted to the serious study of the Alamo and the Texas Revolution. A songwriter and audio engineer, he has had a life-long interest in the Alamo and David Crockett. He lives in Orlando, Florida.

Current Work: David Crockett in Congress.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

OHP Radio Spotlight - Gregory A. Freeman

Gregory A. Freeman is an award-winning writer with more than 20 years' experience in journalism and historical nonfiction. His latest book is Fixing Hell: An Army Psychologist Confronts Abu Ghraib,co-authored with Col. (ret.) Larry C. James, the mental health professional sent to correct the shocking conditions at the U.S. prison in Iraq. The book tells the story of Abu Ghraib from a new perspective, revealing previously unknown information about the prison, the scandal, and how it affected a dedicated military officer.

Prior to Fixing Hell, Freeman's most recent book was The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II. Like his other books, The Forgotten 500 reads like a fast-paced novel but tells a fascinating true story -- this time, the amazing rescue of airmen trapped behind enemy lines in Nazi-occupied Europe.

Critics hailed Freeman's recent book, Sailors to the End: The Deadly Fire on the USS Forrestal and the Heroes Who Fought It, published by William Morrow, as an example of master storytelling. In Sailors to the End, Freeman tells the story of the young men aboard an aircraft carrier in 1967, following their life-and-death struggles through an accidental fire that threatens to destroy the world's most powerful ship.

Freeman also wrote Lay This Body Down: The 1921 Murders of Eleven Plantation Slaves. In this true story, Freeman paints a vivid picture of a plantation run with slave labor 56 years after the Civil War. He is now working on a book about Operation Halyard, the largest rescue of downed airmen in U.S. history and a little known episode of World War II.

Freeman's work also appears in Reader's Digest, Rolling Stone, World War II, American History, and many other publications.

Freeman's books are scrupulously researched and entirely factual, yet they read more like novels because he weaves the personal stories of his subjects into a compelling narrative. For the book about the aircraft carrier, Freeman spent two years interviewing surviving crew members and poring through Navy records, including some the Navy did not want to release. Through his contacts in the Navy, he was able to visit an active duty aircraft carrier at sea for first-hand research.

Freeman has won more than a dozen awards for his writing, including the coveted Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence from the Society of Professional Journalists -- twice in five years. He received his degree from the University of Georgia in Athens, worked for The Associated Press in Atlanta, and spent several years as executive editor of a publishing company. He then became a freelance writer and continues to to write for a number of publications.

Freeman is represented by Mel Berger of the William Morris Agency in New York. He lives in Roswell, Georgia, with his wife Caroline.

To find out more about this author please visit his website

Friday, October 30, 2009

OHP Presents - Pat Fitzhugh

As a small child, Pat Fitzhugh spent countless hours watching TV classics like "Ghost Story," "Dark Shadows," and the locally-televised "Creature Feature," which featured classic ghost movies every Saturday night. "I was really into it," he recalls. "As soon as my parents would go to bed, I would sneak downstairs and watch scary movies all night long."

His movie-watching routine lasted nearly two years before his mother finally caught him one morning. To remedy the problem, she offered to tell him ghost stories each night at bedtime if he would promise to stay in bed and not go downstairs later. "She was a great storyteller," he remembers. "By the time she finished a story, I would be too afraid to go downstairs!"

The story that frightened Fitzhugh the most, and which would later introduce him to scores of paranormal enthusiasts and mystery lovers around the world, was none other than Tennessee's "Bell Witch" legend, which took place only fifty miles from his boyhood home in west Nashville. And to boot, his mother was born and raised where the legend happened.

"I was frightened and intrigued by everything she told me," he says. "Knowing that she was somewhat of an insider really sent chills down my spine." The biggest chill of all came when Fitzhugh learned of his distant relation to the Bells through a marriage on his mother's side of the family, several generations back.

As a teenager, he began searching libraries, archives, and courthouses for more information about the legend. "My goal was ¬ and still is, after more than thirty years ¬ to create a `fact filter' that can be used to evaluate various claims and theories about the legend, which will ultimately allow us to develop a better understanding of it," he says. Fitzhugh is neither a skeptic nor a believer. "Maintaining a completely open mind and conducting well-balanced research is of the utmost importance in this field," he states. "It can make you or break you."

Not all of Fitzhugh's time is spent researching the Bell Witch, however. "I enjoy stories of ghosts and the
supernatural, and I actually research many of them. I've also conducted paranormal investigations and utilized such things as EMF meters, cameras, temperature probes, and EVP," he says. "Ghost hunting and paranormal investigations are two different things," he insists, "but I like to do them both."

Pat Fitzhugh has written two books about the Bell Witch: "The Bell Witch Haunting," and "The Bell Witch: The Full Account." The latter is an epic, 406-page work that follows the legend from North Carolina to Tennessee, and then to Mississippi. It contains a comprehensive index, detailed historical discussion notes, and a wealth of history, theories, and perspectives on the legend. He also owns and maintains the popular, "" web site. Fitzhugh's work has led to numerous radio and TV appearances, newspaper and magazine articles, speaking engagements, and a spot on the DVD of the 2006 Hollywood motion picture, "An American Haunting," which starred Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek. Just prior the movie's release, he discussed the Bell Witch legend with journalists at an international press conference facilitated by the Associated Press. Pat Fitzhugh has also worked on paranormal documentaries by The Learning Channel, The History Channel, Turner Broadcasting, and
numerous others.

A contributing author of "Weird U.S.," from Barnes & Noble Press, Fitzhugh's latest book release is "Ghostly Cries from Dixie," a chilling compilation of ghost stories from the American South. He also served as the editor of a newsstand magazine dealing with the outdoors, and he has hosted and produced two radio talk shows in his career.

Being an author and researcher isn't easy, Fitzhugh admits. "There have been many obstacles and setbacks along the way, but I just maintain my focus and keep going; I won't ever let up. Getting to meet so many wonderful and knowledgeable people along the way makes it all worth it, and most of those friendships last a lifetime!"

Pat Fitzhugh lives in rural Middle Tennessee, and in his spare time he enjoys playing guitar, photography, road trips, and fishing.