Then & There – a Vintage Travel Podcast

Tune in for story time straight from the pages of Historic Travel Narratives published from 1600s to the early 1900s. Join Kerry as she reads selections from (first up) The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides (Scotland) by James Boswell, pub 1778. Going forward, we hear from other books that transport us to lands before air travel. Peek over hills with intrepid explorers from their own journals. Discover obscure ports of call and “strange” cultural backwaters as described in a time before Google Street View.

The format is brief. Each episode brings 20 minutes of story reading, and sometimes 10 of current local interest, or personal stories by a “live” guest about the place as they experienced it, or a tutorial on how to pronounce Welsh! Listeners are encouraged to suggest programming!

Call it Time Travel, these historic stories bring our imagination to wonder, relaxation and nostalgia in a way that modern travel writing does not quite. We’re not here to sell a hotel, we’re here for an old-fashioned visit.

I’m Kerry, the Bard of the program, and I’ll see you then and there!

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Author Kerry E. McKenna, 9yo as Dolly Parton for Halloween

Future Travels in preparation:
Tour in Wales by Thomas Pennant, pub 1810
Vanished Towers and Chimes of Flanders, by George Wharton Edwards, 1916
Sketching Rambles in Holland, by George H. Boughton, ARA, 1885…

…these are examples, and you’re right, my interests lay to Europe, but Egypt, South America, early Americas, Japan could all be fair game by listener suggestion!

Thanks to What Cheer Writer’s Club and the librarians at the Providence Athenaeum for their vast collection, research help and encouragement.