Ireland Writes

Matthew Henson

Who was the first documented person to set foot on the North Pole? History classes have likely taught you that it was Robert Peary in 1909. That, dear reader, isn’t the whole truth. His co-explorer, Matthew Henson, was alongside Peary every step of the way, and likely reached the point first. Matthew Alexander Henson was … More Matthew Henson

Lucy Hicks Anderson

By reader request, I’m finishing up Women’s History Month with a feature on transgender socialite and chef Lucy Hicks Anderson! Lucy Hicks Anderson (née Lawson) was born in Waddy, Kentucky in 1886 and identified as female from a very early age. Remarkably for this time period, a physician recommended that she be raised as a … More Lucy Hicks Anderson

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