I’m Gwen Tuinman, an author digging into the past for the details that form the bedrock of my novels and short stories.

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Many thanks to singer songwriter Cheryl Casselman whose music opens and closes The Wellspring Podcast. I love that tune!

Julie Oakes: Historical Culinary Expert–Part 1

Julie Oakes: Historical Culinary Expert–Part 2

Catherine Parr Traill: A Traill in the Woods

Soapy Smith: Gangster in the Klondike

Ice Harvesting and Spring Houses

John Wesley and the Methodist Movement



Pioneer Food Gardens and Orchards


Pulp and Paper



Shoeing Horses


Unwed Mothers and Maternity Home History