Podcast #21: The Courtship of Miles Standish

The title caught my attention first—then the vintage photograph on the cover: antique actors posed in a tableau portraying famous pilgrim forefathers recreating a moment in American history. The image, framed in a fanciful illustration of blue and gray, drew me in completely.

I wanted to plunk down the cash and take this one-hundred-plus-year-old edition of Longfellow’s classic, The Courtship of Miles Standish home with me, rescuing it from the shelf of a used book store.

But the costly price tag gave me pause. It was not equal to my purse and quite outside my budget. I had to walk away.

Months later, while a friend sorted through her cherished book collections, purging in preparation for an out-of-state move, she showed me a copy of this very volume. She’d owned one for years and treasured it, too. She wanted to leave it with a worthy caretaker and knew I fit the bill. 

No worries, my friend, I will steward it well.

As I gently poured over the hardcover book, it stirred thoughts of the days when classrooms across the country came alive with literary classics and history’s noblest ideas as the mainstay of their curriculum. This very volume might have belonged to a high school student studying the masterworks of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, committing his epic verse to memory such as Paul Revere’s Ride, The Village Blacksmith, and The Wreck of the Hesperus. Not to mention the nine poetic chapters of the ill-fated Courtship of Miles Standish.

Ill-fated? A love story that doesn’t end with a wedding and a happily-ever-after? 

Well, not quite. Longfellow had intimate knowledge of this slice of pilgrim lore. He was a descendent of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins–the same Priscilla Mullins courted by Captain Standish . . . 

Click the PLAY button above to hear the full story and a recap of Longfellow’s classic poem on the podcast this month.

Click below to read the article in the online print issue of RUBY Magazine for November 2017.

Click HERE to order a glossy print version shipped to your home–coming soon.

Click HERE to access BONUS podcast and resources for teaching and learning America’s Christian History and why we celebrate Thanksgiving.

Includes links to the complete Thanksgiving story on audio, blog posts, and free printables for home and school.

Sharing The Courtship of Miles Standish Podcast this week with:

Literacy Musing Mondays
 Inspire Me Monday Linkup
Darling Downs Diaries: Good Morning Monday
Sitting Among Friends
Homemaking Party
Breakthrough Homeschooling
Encouraging Hearts and Home Hop Thursday
Booknificient Thursday
Vintage Mama’s Cottage
Pink Saturday

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About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.


  1. Thank you for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com! What a gorgeous book!

    • Thanks, Tina. I also have 25 pound, leather with gold edged edition published in 1879, during Longfellow’s lifetime, of his collected writings. It is magnificient. I may do a post just on that. It also has The Courtship of Miles Standish in it plus a host of his prolific writings with stunning wood etching illustrations. I just love old books!!

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