Welcome! I’m Sarah Lee
History and Homesteading have had my heart for as long as I can remember.
As early as age 11 I was volunteering at my local historical society museum, learning to bake bread from my mom, and spending hours pouring over our 1970s copy of Reader’s Digest Back to Basics homesteading book. It’s still a classic! Those two loves of history and homesteading have always been intertwined in my soul and, in my mind, go hand in hand.
I did not grow up on a farm.
Even though at times my family lived in the country, for the most part we lived in apartments and suburbia. I grew things in pots, even a maple tree and carrots in a pot in my bedroom, because I was desperate for a piece of my own land to have my own homestead one day.
At 29, I earned a degree in History with a certificate in Museum Studies from Utah State University. After that I continued to help at museums, taught historical food classes at our homeschool co-op, taught lectures at our local libraries about wartime food rationing, and dipped my toe into WWII reenacting to share all about American food during wartime. During this time my husband and I bought our first house on 1 acre where I finally got my first flock of chickens and started my own garden – at last! It was a mixture of successes and failures. We moved in 2019 and now live with our three kids in central Maryland on 2 acres with a larger flock of chickens, a larger fenced garden, and an optimistic orchard. Maybe.
History Preserved officially began in 2012
I started blogging to share my love of history, historical food and museums. It’s where I discovered my love of WWII ration cooking too! I started my podcast Victory Kitchen in February 2020 and launched this more schnazzy website a couple years later. My goal here at History Preserved is to help others and myself to connect to history and to rediscover the skills of our grandparents and great-grandparents.