Current Work


  • Writing a book proposal and completing research of early seventeenth century English merchantman Master Richard Williams alias Cornish executed in James Cittie, Jamestown, Virginia Colony.


  • Article Published March 2020 – Based on Arlene’s original research of Grand Coulee settler, Catherine Northrup, she was invited by author, Historian, and editor J. Kemble, to write for the Grand Coulee, Washington historical publication, Them Dam Writers. Begun in 1985, Them Dam Writers is a regional history publication. Her first piece for Them Dam Writers, ‘John Sam Dillman of Grand Coulee Part I of II‘ is about fellow Grand Coulee settler and Catherine’s brother, John Sam, who reportedly shot and killed a man.
  • Book pitch submitted to The Book Doctors, Arielle Eckstut, agent at large with the Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency (New York) and author; and David Henry Sterry journalist, author, and actor; for Arlene’s historical non-fiction Richard Williams alias Cornish book. They reviewed and critiqued multiple written submissions from aspiring first-time authors, including hers. You can listen in to their live review of her pitch during their live Small Group Webinar held May 11, 2017 on YouTube. Arielle Eckstut and David Henry’s review of my submission begins at time stamp 18:30 in the video and ends at 24:05.
  • Completed research on late nineteenth century homesteader James Dillman, who saved his family from the Range Wars in the American West, to find more tragedy.
  • Completed research on American Civil War and Nez Perce War survivor and Washington State settler, Catherine Northrup, who after the turn of the century was murdered.
Dr. Sam McLean for Global Maritime History on Twitter gave Global Maritime Hisotry's female historians props.
On International Women’s Day, 2020, co-founder and Editor of Global Maritime History, Dr. Sam McLean, saluted Global Maritime History’s women Staff Writers, including Arlene (she is @pencilnubs on Twitter), in response to the University of Portsmouth’s Naval History Masters degree program pointing out the importance of the number of women researching, writing about, and teaching naval history, today.