As the holiday season arrives, many of us are looking forward to a time filled with “glad tidings of comfort and joy.” For most all of us, the current year has been filled with bad tidings, discomfort, uncertainty, and personal loss. In addition, with the cancellation of every convention on our agenda, we have missed being able to personally connect with friends old and new. Like all of you, we are hoping for a chance to renew those connections in 2021.

Meanwhile, we continue to work on new books in the activity book series for both Matt’s Wild West Discovery Series and the Records of History World War Two Series. Earlier this summer, the first two titles of the World War Two series – “Forgotten Heroes” and “The Homefront” – were published. We are now happy to announce the newest title in the Wild West series has just been published.

In Westbound Trains: Matt’s Wild West Discovery Series Volume Five one can enjoy activities that provide a fun way to learn interesting information about the railroads and interstate roads that are so vital to western commerce. (For example, did you know that the point of lowest elevation for the interstate system is located on I-8 at El Centro, California?) As with all the books in the series, the cowboy code of a western star is featured – in this volume it is Wild Bill Hickok’s Deputy Marshal’s Code of Conduct.

While more western volumes are planned, we are currently in the early stages of developing the next book for the World War Two set. This book will highlight the various entertainment options enjoyed by folks during the war years. Content will include activities related to movies and movie stars, popular radio programs, comedians, music, books, and much more. Stay tuned!

I hope you can join with us in choosing to look forward to the next several weeks with a spirit of hope and good will, and that we can all experience the peace and joy associated with the holiday season.

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