“Home, Sweet Home / There’s No Place Like Home” Now Available

Just in time for Christmas, I’ve released a medley of timeless holiday favorites “Home, Sweet Home” and “There’s No Place Like Home”. The medley is available for purchase now at iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, and Nimbit as well as on this website. You can click below to view the music video, which features film footage of
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Custer 170th Birthday Celebration, Historical Holiday Walking Tour, and Civil War Music Concert by Kristina Austin Scarcelli

Hometown History Tours is pleased to announce a special December 5th tour and celebration to commemorate the 170th birthday of Civil War General George Armstrong Custer, commander of the Michigan Cavalry Brigade and America’s youngest general. Custer 170th Birthday Celebration and Historical Hometown Holiday Tour Saturday, December 5, 2009 10 AM to 3:30 PM General
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2009 Canton Salute to Service at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill

Tonight, I had the honor of performing in the 2009 Canton Salute to Service Veterans’ Day Show at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill in Canton, Michigan.  Here’s a little information about the show from the official press release: Below are video clips of my performances.  Thanks to everyone whose hard work makes this annual event possible!

The Thompson Block Building – Ypsilanti’s Depot Town Civil War-Era Treasure Nearly Destroyed by Fire

Ypsilanti, Michigan’s Thompson Block building was constructed in 1861 and, in 1862, began serving as army barracks for the 14th and 27th Michigan Infantries during the Civil War. Company E of the 17th Michigan Infantry stayed in the building before going to Detroit to muster in with the rest of the regiment in August of
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Abner Delos Austin’s Civil War Memorial Re-dedication Ceremony – A Day to Remember

Today, a memorial service took place at Clarenceville Cemetery in Livonia, Michigan at the gravesite of my Great Great Grandfather and Civil War veteran, Abner Delos Austin (24th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Company I). The ceremony was coordinated by local Civil War living historians and was attended by approximately 40 guests along with my husband and
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Clarenceville Cemetery – Memorial Day 2009

Today, after singing the Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America at the at the Canton, Michigan Memorial Day ceremony, I made my annual trip to Clarenceville Cemetery in Livonia, Michigan to place a flag and memorial on the grave of my Great Great Grandfather Abner Delos Austin, Civil War veteran (Private, 24th Michigan Volunteer
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“Faded Coat of Blue” Now Available

At long last, the first song on my new CD, “Daughter of the 24th Michigan” has been released. The song is available for purchase now at iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, and Nimbit as well as on this website. You can click below to listen in streaming audio. I was inspired to record this song after visiting
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Charles W. Austin – Company A, 5th Michigan Cavalry

When my Great Great Great Grandparents, John Delos (1807 – 1851) and Anna (1813 – 1851) Austin died during the 1851 Detroit cholera epidemic, their two sons, seven-year-old Charles and five-year-old Abner, were orphaned and separated. Charles was taken in by John and Catharine Osmun of Groveland near Waterford, Michigan, who raised him as a
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Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Building in Detroit, Michigan

After trekking to downtown Detroit today for my initiation into the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War (DUVCW), Jason and I headed over to the intersection of Cass and Adams to photograph the old Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Building, one of the oldest buildings in Detroit, located at 1942 West Grand
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Iron Brigade Insignia Logo

This is probably my favorite graphic design project, inspired by the monuments on the Gettysburg battlefield after my visit there during the 145th anniversary of the battle on July 1 – 3, 2008. During the American Civil War, the Iron Brigade of the West, also known as the Black Hat Brigade for the dress Hardee
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