From Professor Randall’s Notes…
Field Research Location: Columbia and Waterloo, Monroe County, Illinois.
Discover where Fort Piggot was located on the Kaskaskia Trail, while staying clear of attractive, single colleagues (ie. Brett!) so as not to commit career suicide, and keeping the “rewinding time” program secret, so Uncle Sam doesn’t turn into Big Brother.
Merrideth Randall’s day job is teaching history at McKendree College. But after hours she turns to her first love, historical research. And she has a tool other historians can only dreams of—a computer program that rewinds time for a first-hand look at the past! READ MORE ABOUT THE BOOK.
You can learn about Merrideth’s discovery of the mysterious Beautiful Houses computer program the summer she was eleven in the History Mystery Trilogy:
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I loved doing the historical research for these books nearly as much as writing them. But it would have been so much easier to do if I could go back in time to see what it was really like in the “olden days.” The characters in the trilogy find a weird computer program that lets them do just that. Abby calls it “time-surfing.” It’s miraculous, but as Brother Greenfield says in Every Hill and Mountain, “Our God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. Hallelujah! If he wants to give us a gift like that, he can.”
It’s an amazing gift, all right. Except sometimes Abby and her friends learn more than they ever wanted to know about people from the past. Still, studying their lives of people teaches them about God’s love and goodness in a new way. From the distance that only time gives, they clearly see that God has a plan for his people, that He’s in the business of redemption, that He makes all things new. I hope my readers get that. Writing about it reminded me, too.
By the way, I was born near the setting of Every Hill and Mountain and grew up “just down the road” from the settings of Time and Again and Unclaimed Legacy. Today I live with my husband Bob in Monroe County, Illinois. I enjoy reading, gardening, and learning about regional history. We have three grown children, three grandchildren, and two canine buddies Digger and Scout (Scout had a cameo role as “Dr. Bob” in Unclaimed Legacy).