Tames Alan is known for her in-depth research and lively presentational style.

She kindles a thirst for history while entertaining the audiences with her knowledge and humor."


Pierce & King County Libraries

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In Ancient Rome, women used a heated curling iron called a calamistrum to curl their hair. The calamistrum is an instrument made of iron, and hollow like a reed (calamus). It was heated in wood ashes.

Tames’ head is full of random historical facts from her research, and this is where she shares them. New facts are added bi-monthly, so check back regularly to see what Tames has dug up.

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Get a little taste of history!              


Every month, Tames posts a new, authentic historical recipe. 


This month's recipe is:

Dolly Madison’s Cinnamon Tea Cakes

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