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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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Madge Syers was a British figure skater who completely changed the sport. In 1902 she competed in the world championship, which was an all-male event. She managed to take home the silver. After the world championships, the International Skating Union (ISU) voted in favor of barring women from the sport. Despite this ruling, Madge still entered into other competitions. The following year she competed in the British championship and came in first place, beating all other competitors, including her husband. Finally, in 1905 the ISU relented and allowed women to officially compete.

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:

Medieval Parsnip Fritters


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