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Friday, July 14, 2023
Wednesday, July 12, 2023
It's been a few years since I've posted any new podcast episodes, but y'all have seen me on socials, still exploring central Texas. Some new things are underway for Tales from the Moon Tower, namely my transition to Substack.
I've removed most podcast episodes, and I'll likely remove those that remain and replace them with an oral history project I want to do in connection to my Substack articles. The writing allows me to include both reference information AND reader participation. The whole point of this work was to make you feel connected to Texas history, to engage you with strange or obscure stories to a past that belongs as much to you as to those we always hear about. Substack allows me to engage directly with readers, and to learn from your stories as well. Subscribers will have opportunities to contribute to my oral history project, and get access to event information, travel guides, and more!
As a free subscriber, you’ll have access to:
- Regular notes posts
- Occasional free articles
- Event information for Tales from the Moon Tower and related organizations
- “Remember When…” nostalgia pieces.
As a paid subscriber, you’ll have access to:
- Chats and comments
- Full access to well researched articles on strange history, ghost stories and local legends.
- Participation consideration for my oral history project or guest interviews. (Depending on the stories you offer - no glorification of racism, misogyny or ableism.)
Saturday, July 18, 2020
Hollie-Jawaid also helped ER Bills with information for his book,
The 1910 Slocum Massacre: An Act of Genocide in East Texas, which is available here:
|Constance Jawaid and her daughter, Imani Nia Ramirez|
|Dedication of historical marker that bears the significant historical inaccuracy of only 8 victims.|
|Jack Holley, survivor and great-great grandfather of Constance Jawaid|
The following links are additional articles on the Slocum Massacre:
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
|Henry Smith, a man burned without trial in Texas in front of a crowd of thousands.|
|Burning of Henry Smith. They burned and tortured him for over 40 minutes. Notice the size of the crowd.|
|Courthouse burns down|
|Click image for link to purchase|
|Author and Historian ER Bills|
Monday, May 18, 2020
Beneath a tiny stone rectangle in a San Antonio cemetery, lies the remains of a Beverly Hills socialite and heiress...buried in her Ferrari...wearing her favorite lace nightgown. In this episode, I tell her story and how the her strange burial came to pass.
I also announce the opening of my online bookshop to help both my podcast and independent bookstores nationwide! Any book you buy using my link: https://bookshop.org/shop/talesfromthemoontower will help cover the costs of the podcast, support the authors and support independent bookstores nationwide!
Don't forget to leave a review for Tales from the Moon Tower wherever you tune in.
|The crate enclosing Sandra West and her Ferrari are lowered into the burial plot next to her husband, Ike West, on May 19, 1977 at|
the San Antonio Alamo Masonic Cemetery
|Spectators watch as cement is poured over the crate to deter thieves from stealing her car.|
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Jennifer Gonzalez was also kind enough to share a list of reliable resources on this topic. The following is her list of recommended reading and viewing.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Listen as I interview Emily Collins from the Suzanna Dickinson Museum about her place in Texas history and what you can learn when you visit her charming house nestled in the middle of downtown Austin. If you want to visit her house (that is now a museum), you can find out more information here.
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Today I sit down with with Dale Flatt from Save Austin Cemeteries, a non-profit organization that works with Austin Parks and Recreation to preserve and maintain five of Austin’s historical cemeteries. I also interview Jennifer Chenoweth, the Museum site coordinator for Oakwood Cemetery, Austin’s oldest historic cemetery. They tell us some history of Austin's oldest cemeteries and talk about the programs they offer and what help they need from volunteers. You can find more information in the following websites:
https://www.sachome.org/ - Save Austin Cemeteries
You can also find both on Facebook and Instagram.
Monday, October 28, 2019
What a great night we had at Lark and Owl Booksellers! The Night of Texas Ghost Stories was a hit. I loved the audience questions and I felt pretty special when they laughed in all the right places. :) Stay tuned for more events! Seems like people can't get enough strange tales of Texas history so more events are coming for sure. Thank you to Lark and Owl Booksellers for hosting this event and thanks to all the wonderful people that came out!